Science Illustrator/Outreach Developer/Web Manager
Alfaro lab Science Illustrator, Amisha Gadani is an animal-inspired artist with experience in informal science education, illustration, and web development. At UCLA, she also works as Visiting Artist in the Institute for Society and Genetics. Previously she worked as web manager and artist research associate at the interdisciplinary arts research lab called the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and worked at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco in education, exhibit development, and illustration.
Gadani is interested in unique animal adaptations and has recently been developing a range of animal-inspired defensive dresses with discreet defense systems hidden in otherwise normal-looking party dresses. She works in a variety of different mediums from kinetic sculpture and interactive wearables to drawing, video, and performance. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tokyo ( Japan) and New York City. She has been published in the book Future Fashion: Innovative Materials and Technology (2010) by Barcelona-based maomao publications and has been featured on various websites including CNet, Sparkfun Electronics, Scientific American, & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has been interviewed by Fast Company, and WDUQ Pittsburgh Public Radio.