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Amy Winters

PhD Work


  • PhD


    School of Design


    Design Research, 2013–2018

  • Material Futurist

    Dr Amy Winters is the founder of material-technology studio Rainbow Winters. She holds a PhD in Interactive Textiles (Royal College of Art, 2017) and a BA (Hons) Performance Design (Central Saint Martins, 2006).

    Rainbow Winters develops soft materials that interact with external influences such as light sound, speed and moisture. 

    During her Doctoral studies at the RCA, Winters identified and cultivated a design-led approach towards the invention of materials for soft robotics. 

    `Why Does Soft Matter?' articulates this specific approach through critical making; a visceral and hands-on engagement with soft materials and technology.

    Amy Winters is featured in WIRED, WWB, Vertu Magazine, Trend Hunter, Vice Style, Stylist, The Guardian and Marie Claire. Shows, exhibitions, and presentations include International CES; CREATE, Brown Thomas, Dublin; Made in Future, Milan; Clever Dressing, Dana Centre, London; Science Gallery, Dublin; Hacking Arts, MIT, Boston; The House of Lords.


    Burberry 175 Scholarship RCA (2013–2016)

    Technology Strategy Board Funding (2009)



  • Degrees

  • BA Performance Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 2006
  • Exhibitions

  • Ambiguous Scenery, Digiark, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, 2017; Why Does Soft Matter?, Hockney Gallery, RCA, London, 2017; Research Alive, RCA, London, 2017; Hacking Arts, MIT Media Lab, Boston, 2016; Designs By Mother Nature, Roca Gallery, London, 2014
  • Publications

  • 'Wearable Rhythms: Materials in Play', in: International Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability: Designing Pleasurable Experiences (DUXU 17); 'Building a Soft Machine: new modes of expressive surfaces', in: International Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability: Technological Contexts (DUXU 16); Jonathan Rossiter, Andrew Conn, Cerruto, Amy Winters and Calum Roke 'Colour Gamuts in Polychromatic Dielectric Elastomer Artifical Chromatophores', in: Proceedings of SPIE Electroactive Polymer Actuator and Devices - EAPAD, 2014 (San Diego:USA)