Kristi Kuusk

Kristi Kuusk was born on November 4th, 1983 in Pärnu, Estonia.

Since 1991, when her parents started a garment production company, she has spent parts of her summer holidays helping out at Pambu Ltd. She studied Information Technology at the Tallinn University of Technology, specializing in information systems analysis, and graduated with a BSc degree in 2005. She worked for four years as a project manager analyst at Vita Group Ltd, while at the same time pursuing creative studies. She acquired an MA degree in Fashion Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2011. During her studies, Kristi worked three months as a design intern in the garment production company Goodwill Impex Ltd in Jaipur, India, where she saw and felt the other side of the glamorous fashion business. She spent one year as an exchange student in the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where she started to experiment with the combination of textile and technology. An internship at the Interactive Institute Stockholm, Sweden directed her from visual communication in garments to the tactile properties that technology carries. The group collection “Live well” earned her course the winning award in the Industrial Pret-A- Porter category at Habitus Baltija in Riga, Latvia in 2010. A continuation project from the MA collection “LED scarf” earned her a Shourei-shou - Incentive award, the fifth prize in the international 6th Snow Design competition in Ishikawa, Japan in 2011.

In the summer of 2011, Kristi started a PhD project at the Eindhoven University of Technology, which resulted in this thesis on craft and sustainability qualities in smart textile services. The related collaborative design work was presented in various international exhibitions, shows and conferences. In 2014 Kristi founded the company Spell disain Ltd, bridging traditions and innovation, textiles and technology. In the context of the company, she is working on follow-up projects, applying the knowledge gained from her PhD research.

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