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Afra Sonmez

E-textıle desıgner / researcher

Afra Sönmez is an electronic textile artist and performer who integrates technology with craft, fashion, and traditional methods. Her works contain different types of e-textile examples such as kinetic /e-textile costumes, wearable games, and instruments/ controllers.

She made a collaboration with Tuba Ergin in Mercedes Benz Istanbul Fashion Week SS17, at Ars Electronica Festival with Electronicos Fantasticos / Ei Wada “Barcoders”, Nursinem Aslan “Onisma” and her project “50 Shades of Forest”. Currently, she is performing with her e-textile instrument.

Résumé

Education

Art Unıversıty Of Lınz

  • Interface Cultures | 2017

  • Yedıtepe Unıversıty 

  • Visual Communication Design (BA) | 2010-2016

  • Colakoglu Gırls Vocatıonal Hıgh School

  • Graphic Design | 2006-2010
  • Work

    Fılıka Desıgn

  • Wearable Tech. Researcher | 2015-2016

  • Iskele 47-Maker Dojo 

  • E-Textile Researcher | 2014-2015

  • Cherrycherry Vısual Fx Agency

  • Summer Intern | 2012-2013

  • Farewell Katya Fılm Set

  • Intern | 2011-2012
  • Presentations

    Mıcrosoft Turkey IOT & Wearable Tech.”

    Wearable Tech. in Fashion | 2016

    Beykent Unıversıty 3th Natıonal Managment Informatıon Summıt

    Wearable Electronics | 2016

    Mıcrosoft Turkey Tech. Tour IOT Bahcesehır Unıversıty

    Wearable Tech. & Fashion | 2016

    Ankara Maker Faır

    E-Textile, Art & Craft | 2016

    Work Shops

    Amerıcan Robert Collage/RCMakers

    Sewing the Technology | 2017

    KWorks

    Sewing the Technology | 2017 (Kworks Workshop | Youtube video)

    Europıan Maker Week Makerhane

    Wearable Tech. | 2016

    Exhibitions

    Ars Electronica Festival "State Of IntImacy"

    E-Textile Instrument / Performance | 2020

    Ars Electronica Festival “Transcode”

    E-Textile Instrument / Performance | 2019

    Istanbul Fashıon Week SS17 Tuba Ergın

    Opening Kinetic Costume | 2016

    1st Istanbul Desıgn Bıennıal Academy Program

    Installation | 2012

    Participantions

    Ars Electronıca Festıval / Electronıcos Fantastıcos

    Barcode Readers Performance |2019

    Sonar Istanbul +D

    Wearable Tech. Designer | 2017 (Sónar İstanbul +D 2017 | Youtube video)

    1st Istanbul Mını Maker Faıre

    Hokkabass - Speaker Pillow | 2014