YUKTI       V.           AGARWAL


designing for impact //
designing with purpose //



︎ I am a current honors student in the Brown /RISD Dual Degree Program.

I work in interdisciplinary spaces– combining rigorous research with a human-centered approach to reimagine societies, cultures, and futures.



︎ MORE ABOUT ME HERE
YUKTI       V.           AGARWAL

designing for impact //
designing with purpose //



︎ I am a current honors student in the Brown /RISD Dual Degree Program.

I work in interdisciplinary spaces– combining rigorous research with a human-centered approach to reimagine societies, cultures, and futures.

︎ READ MORE ABOUT ME HERE


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ABOUT ME 


I am a DESIGNER , RESEARCHER , and ACTIVIST.

I am currently a student in the niche Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program.

︎︎︎ Brown University 
Major: Contemplative Studies
Minor: Engaged Scholarship

︎︎︎ Rhode Island School of Design 
Major: Textile Design
Minor: Theory and History of Art and Design

I believe in rigorous research, collaboration, and constant iteration to create spaces and experiences that champion inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in design and innovation, in order to stive towards more equitable futures.

I am proud to be a woman of color in the field of design.



How did Textile Design prepare me for the world of Interdisciplinary Design


One cannot study Textile Design without getting intimately familiar with manufacturing, supply chain, and product development

However, understanding Textiles also provides one with a unique pathway to understanding the intricacies of computation and modern technology.


As a student of Textile Design at RISD understanding the workings of age-old and modern-day machines and materials, has made me proficient in the practice of interdisciplinary design through a robust understanding of Industrial Design, Engineering, and Computation.
(Afterall, the Jacquard loom is considered to be the world’s first computer— charting the path for the creation of the binary code through the punch-card system!)


Most importantly, Textile Design has taught me patience and the importance of hard work, dedication and perseverance in any work I do. Designing and handcrafting textiles is an immensely strenuous physical and mental activity,.

Through my practice in Textile development, I have learned to be attentive to even the smallest of details, and to maintain consistency in my process of creation, while allowing space for new discoveries to unravel.

How did Contemplative Studies teach me the the importance of Human-Centered Design?  


Contemplative Studies in a field of studies focused on understanding human consciousness, through the use of subjective, user-based scientific inquiry to enhance objective, statistical data. 

Being a student of Contemplative Studies, at Brown Universityhuman behavioural patterns and subtle energies through Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Science and Philosophy, a practice that has trained me to center human needs and behavior in every aspect of my design process.



How did Art History help me develop a Research-Based Design practice? 


my ultimate guide to learning the art of exploratory research– wherein you allow a process of rigorous research to guide your practice.

Being a student of Theory and History of Art and Design at RISD, my work is rooted in art, design, and craft historical research. 

and reimagine our societies and cultures from an informed point of view.





I AM CURRENTLY —


   

Andrew Mellon Fellow, and Research Assistant in the Costumes and Textiles Department under Kate Irvin at the RISD Museum (since 2020) 


Curatorial Consultant for the Jammu & Kashmir Government collaboration with UNESCO Creative Cities Network


Founder & Creative Director of the Non-Governmental Organization: Handmaking Hope 
   

Student Representative, Peer Mentor, & Health & Wellness Representative of the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program.





COMPANIES I HAVE DESIGNED FOR —   








AWARDS & HONORS —



    

Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program 
(2% acceptance rate, with a small cohort of 15 students each year) 

High Honor’s Recipient, 2019–2022 
(at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design with a cumulative GPA of 3.9)

Keynote Student Speaker, 2022
(at the reception for the incoming President of Rhode Island School of Design— Crystal Williams, hosted by the President of Brown University— Christina Paxton)

Additionally, awarded purchase prizes for my artist books in the permanent collections of the RISD Fleet Library and the John Hay Library



Global Brown Fellowship, 2021 
by Brown University
(Inaugural batch of recipients– awarded to 10 out of 500 applicants)

John Hays Special Collections Library “Women at Brown” Purchase Prize, 2021 
by Brown University
(First student of South Asian descent to ever receive this award)



RISD Student Representative in Washington D.C., 2022
for the Alliance of the Arts in Research Universities Summit
(Selected from a cohort of 20 students to attend the university sponsored event)


Student Provisional Ubiquitous Research Grant Recipient, 2021
by RISD Research
(Inaugural batch of recipients– awarded to 20 out of 2500 students in the university)

Baker & Whitfield Prize, 2020 & 2021
by The Fleet Library at RISD
(2 time awardee of the prize, granted to 6 out of 150 applicants each year)



Valedictorian, 2019
by the Bombay International School
(Ranked 1st in the high school cohort)

Pillo Pochkhanwala Prize, 2017
by the J.B. Petit Association
(Awarded the prize at the association’s 150th year anniversary celebration, granted to 1 of 80 students)




ANY TIME I HAVE OUTSIDE OF MY PRACTICE OF DESIGN, I AM —



︎︎︎ Scrapbooking with my mom ︎

︎︎︎ Reading Ananda Coomarswamy, William Dalrymple, or Malcolm Gladwell ︎

︎︎︎ Visiting a new museum on my list of “550 museums I need to visit before I die” (I am at 119 at the moment!) or guiding a tour at any of my favourite local museums︎

︎︎︎ Taking long walks and collecting fallen flowers ︎

︎︎︎ Practicing Yoga & Meditation or teaching yoga to underpriviledged girls (I have earned a diploma in Yoga studies, and a teacher’s certificate for Yoga during the last 15 years of my practise) ︎


I maintain the strong belief that a healthy work-life balance is the key to happiness and success.




︎︎︎ Resumé


︎︎︎ Contact 
︎︎︎ LinkedIN
︎︎︎ Instagram

︎︎︎ Handmaking Hope
︎︎︎ Fine Arts Portfolio
︎︎︎ Academic Research



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