Yael Pedro, M.Des
Yael graduated from the Bezalel Academy (Israel) with a bachelor in Jewelry design. Yael’s early work combines the world of metals with the world of soft materials & fabrics. After a few years working as a jeweler designer Yael went on and completed her Master’s degree in Fashion Design at the University Of Cincinnati (OH, USA) were she specialized in active sportswear and functional apparel. In the last 20 years Yael gained substantial experience in fashion and apparel working for leading companies in Israel. Yael is currently the creative director for Speedo Israel (Peleg Nil LTD) as well as a lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Yael is passionate about total design approach in fashion and apparel, she resolves business challenges using design methods and solutions, taking them from concept through manufacturing all the way to the client.Yael mentors young designers both at the Shenkar College and at industry, she nurtures young graduates and helps them in their first steps of real work experience. Yael is focused on two sides of the fashion industry: the design concept and the technology of manufacturing creating designs that are both advanced and utilizing the state of the art manufacturing technology. She brings her vast experience from North America, Israel, and the Far East in both textile and metal design and creation to the table.
Bryan Oknyansky is an international award-winning product architect known for inventing pioneering products that have taken him around the world as a lecturer and speaker. With 15 years of experience in the architecture, product and footwear design industries, Bryan specializes in using the latest robotic manufacturing technologies like 3D printing to reinvent the world around us one product at a time. Bryan founded Shoes By Bryan in 2012 – a London-based fashion and technology startup pioneering mass-market 3D printed footwear unique to every single foot in the world while also looking, and feeling, great. Alongside running his growing design practice, Bryan is an innovation consultant to multiple design industries, directs an independent CAD training program and is a Visiting Lecturer at Regent’s University London School of Fashion and Design and the Royal College of Art. www.shoesbybryon.com