Isabel Byram

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Areas of interest: Fashion and wearable products, Design for health and well-being, Sustainability, Process, trans/inter/multi-disciplinary design, Industry 4.0

Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion), QUT

Isabel Byram is a HDR student and Sessional Academic at QUT in the school of Design. Her research utilises fashion and business knowledge to imagine multidisciplinary ideas about how design can be expressed. Isabel applies fashion focused design thinking to understand and develop cultural practices around garments and wearable products. Pairing with her fashion construction knowledge she is highly experienced in digital fabrication with laser cutters and 3D printing. Her work lives in the community through partnerships with industry, a key example of this are her uniform designs for Fortitude Valley State Secondary College. She has also worked with healthcare partners in Queensland though 2019 and 2020 to reimagine what hospital products are and how PPE is made. Isabel is keen to continue to explore how fashion and healthcare can intertwines; building a career that creates value and sustainable practices in the wearable products that are used in healthcare.

Thesis title: Funky Healthy Footwear: Nurses Co-designing footwear to enhance their wellbeing.

Co-designing with Nurses and Industry to develop a framework to locally manufacture personalised footwear for nurses. 

Principal supervisor: A/Prof Marianella Chamorro-Koc
Associate supervisor: Natalie Haskell, Mathilde Desselle (Herston Biofabrication Institute) 

Estimated completion date: December, 2021