Di Mainstone

Visiting Faculty
Country: UK

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 has been seen at venues including The V&A, The National Portrait Gallery 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 choreography of fashion, technology and performance, her work is brought to life by the playful curiosity of the wearer. Originally trained in fashion at Central Saint Martins, Mainstone 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. Mainstone also teaches and develops workshops, most recently at London College of Fashion, Eyebeam, Kingston University, NYU, Pratt and Queen Mary University of London. Currently artist in residence at Queen Mary University of London, Di is developing a collection of musical prosthetics in collaboration with the students on the Media Arts and Technology programme.