Birce Ozkan is an interaction designer, fashionable technology designer, researcher, lecturer and curator based in New York. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Businness and International Relations at Koc University in Istanbul, she completed her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York where she currently teaches Interactive Garments course.
Her work and projects concentrate on augmenting the interactivity on the body, combining fashion, technology, nature, and art. Her current focus is to create pieces of dynamic wearable technologies that are inspired by nature and change in response to their environment. She believes that her new type of interactive fashionable works opens new ways of creating fashion technology not just to serve a functional purpose, but also to create artistic, performative and expressive pieces.
She recently contributed and curated Wearable Technology and Functional Garments Exhibition at SXSTYLE SXSW 2016 Austin, TX. She won the best Wearable Technology Design Award in Fiber Arts at ISWC/Ubicomp Design Exhibition Osaka, Japan. She showcased her projects worldwide including Fashion Innovation FashionTech Showcase Washington DC, the HFI Institute Nature, Technology, Self Exhibition New York, ISWC Design Exhibition Osaka, Interlaced Fashion Tech Runway Show London, Engadget Expand Wearable Runway Show at Javits Center NY and SXSW Interactive Austin TX. Her work has been published internationally in many prestigious publications including Observer, Fast Co Design, Dezeen, Designboom, PSFK, Huffington Post, Discovery Channel and Ecouterre.