Brooks Hagan is a textile designer, artist and researcher. He works with numerous firms such as Pallas Textiles and Mulberry Silk (India) and technology leaders such as Apple Inc. A current project with computer scientists at Cornell University and Stanford University investigates advanced visualization for the design of constructed textiles and is funded by a $1.2M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2015 Hagan cofounded the textile technology company Computational Textiles Inc., which was awarded non-dilutive NSF SBIR support to catalyze private sector commercialization of the most promising technological innovations. Computational Textiles launched its first software product, Weft, in 2017.
Hagan’s research with the Virtual Textile Research Group investigates historical industrial textile processes and 3D weaving for rapid prototyping. Hagan collaborates with many fine artists and works with the Dieu Donne Papermill in New York to explore paper materials and textiles. He received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and his MFA from RISD. He has taught at RISD since 2006 and has served as graduate program director and acting head of the Textiles department.