Miriam Ribul is a material innovator with a decade of experience working at the forefront of emerging sustainable design futures to build new models for fabrication, transparency and regeneration with renewable and regenerated biomaterials. As founder and director of design research studio and consultancy Material Activism, her practice reaches beyond disciplinary boundaries and combines approaches from textile design and material science to facilitate material driven change. Miriam collaborates with a network of leading material scientists and recently completed a design residency with the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at Aalto University’s School of Chemical Engineering in Finland. She received a funding award from the London Doctoral Design Centre towards her PhD research with the Centre for Circular Design where she pioneered processes for regenerated cellulose from textile waste that establish new value chains in the circular bioeconomy.
Miriam launched the ‘Beyond Design: Cross-disciplinary Encounters’ conference to explore new roles for designers in different sectors. In a design-science project with the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, she developed DeNAture, the first in-fibre material coding system for identifying closed loop regenerated cellulose during a residency with the Bioeconomy division at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Her open source bioplastic recipes publication ‘Recipes for Material Activism’ is referenced by designers worldwide. Miriam published several publications in design research projects including with MISTRA Future Fashion and regularly designs and delivers modules on sustainable design, material futures and circular design strategies.