Di Mainstone

Shoreditch, London, UK

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Di Mainstone is an artist and inventor. She creates body-centric sculptures for experimental performance. Musical prosthetics, kinetic couture, wearable graffiti, body-architecture and sensory-skins are just some of the devices Mainstone has fashioned. Operating like a miniature theatre company, her work can be seen at galleries and happenings internationally (venues include The V&A and The Barbican in London, The Swedish National Touring Theatre in Stockholm, Berkeley Art Museum in San Francisco, NIMK in Amsterdam, Eyebeam in New York). Beyond the stage, Di’s sculptural adornments are the stars of short films, which she writes and directs. A joyful choreography of fashion, technology and performance, her work is an interactive hybrid, brought to life by the intrepid curiosity of the wearer.  Originally trained in fashion at Central Saint Martins, Di developed her research practice through residencies at institutions, such as Eyebeam Centre for Art and Technology NYC, V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media Rotterdam, XS Lab Montreal, Banff New Media Institute and The Centre for Digital Music.   A regular guest-lecturer, she presents at institutes like The Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Smartlab, NYU, Parsons, MICA, Emily Carr, Concordia University, Willem de Kooning and UKD.  Di also teaches and develops workshops, most recently at London College of Fashion, The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Eyebeam, Kingston University, NYU, Pratt and Queen Mary University of London. Currently expanding her home-practice in London, Di continues to exhibit, create and lecture internationally.  

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