Katy Dika teaches Textile Analysis and CAD for sophomores in RISD’s Apparel Department, and is also on the curatorial staff at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, RISD’s natural history museum. A Thomas J. Watson Fellow and Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Katy has extensive experience in areas related to textile and softgoods development as well as the natural sciences, with an emphasis on entomology. Her work experience includes creating textile artwork and product design for companies such as Chadwick’s, Talbots, Jessica London, and Summer Infant. In addition Katy has her own equine and canine products line, Whinny & Woof. An avid traveler and explorer, Katy has visited China and India managing textile and product manufacturing, and traveled throughout Australia and New Zealand studying insect anatomy. Katy has participated in and attended international conferences on topics such as biomimicry, entomology, and fashion.
Since 2003, Katy's work has focused on the integration of science and design. She has special interests in biomimicry, sustainable practices for textile production, and connecting students to the natural world through outdoor learning. Katy is actively involved in environmental education and conservation outreach. Among her volunteer activities, Katy helps raise larvae and plant host plants for the Karner Blue Butterfly Conservation Project. She also takes part in recording local biodiversity for the Rhode Island Natural History Survey’s annual BioBlitz and volunteers for Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Roots & Shoots children’s program. Katy currently manages the blog Textile Incubator, where her students write about history and innovations in textiles.
- BFA, Rhode Island School of Design