Eliza co-instructs D-Lab: Design. She uses textile design to bridge the worlds of art and science. Eliza is co-founder of ZTwist Design, a design studio that partners with international artists to create visual communication for social impact. Her Talking Textile designs for health campaigns in West Africa, including cervical cancer prevention in Mali and infant vaccination in Niger, have received two Grand Challenge Explorations grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Eliza’s research in traditional art practices and artisan entrepreneurship has taken her to Tunisia and the Peruvian Amazon, where she organized design workshops in Yine-Yami, Shuar, and Shipibo indigenous communities. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Eliza received a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she currently teaches at Project Open Door, RISD’s college access program for teen artists. Eliza is a 2019 Global Health Equity Fellow at George Washington University.