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Margarita Benitez

Artist/Fashion Technologist
Kent State University
Margarita Benitez’ interdisciplinary background mixes art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber/material studies. She received her MFA in Art + Technology Studies thru a Trustee Scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to working with fashion technology and e-textiles, her current research explores the concept of pret-a-faire (ready-to-make) thru generative fashion applications and she is currently developing OSLOOM, an open source thread-controlled loom (funded thru Kickstarter and a Farris Family Fellowship Award.) Her work has been exhibited nationally, internationally and is part of museum and private collections. Most recently she presented her work at COLLIDER 4 :: SPECTACLE, at the BIFT/ITAA Symposium at Beijing, the New Media Art Caucus Artist showcase at the 100th Annual College Art Association Conference and at the 2012 Smart Fabrics Conference. She will be the Fulbright-Quartier21/MuseumsQuartier Artist-in-Residence for 2012-2013 for the project open thread : wien. She received a 2012 NEA Artworks Grant for co-curating the exhibition Shifting Paradigms of Identity: Creative Technology and Fashion and a 2012 NEA Media in Arts Grant for S.A.R.A.: Synesthetic Augmented Reality Application, a wearable synesthetic performance device. She is currently the Fashion Technologist and an Assistant Professor in Fashion Design at The Fashion School at Kent State University.

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