Who we are

Rhian Solomon – Director

Rhian Solomon is a practicing Artist and founder of the sKINship research project. Currently her research interests focus on collaborations between Pattern Cutting for body related disciplines and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery specialisms. Her visual arts practice is concerned with drawing parallels between skin and cloth, the body and dress. www.rhiansolomon.co.uk
Rhian runs lectures on her practice internationally for a number of professional and educational organisations including The Institute of Materials, HEAD Geneva and The Royal College of Art.

Juliana Sissons – Consultant Pattern Cutter

Juliana tutors in Pattern Cutting and ‘Design through 3D form’ at Nottingham Trent University, and as a visiting lecturer, she delivers a series of master classes to a number of Colleges and Universities, internationally. Her own fashion / knitwear label, focuses on the development of sculptural approaches to shape and pattern making and as a ‘Designer in Residence’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, her recent collection was shown in the galleries earlier this year for the ‘London Design Festival’.
In addition to her practice, Juliana is a consultant to the sKINship project.

Manolis Papastavrou – Consultant – 3D Printing for Medical Applications

Manolis Papastavrou is an industrial designer with interests in interdisciplinary research projects between materials science, design, engineering and the health sciences. Currently he is conducting research in additive manufacturing of bio-inspired composite structures for applications in synthetic bone tissue engineering.


Liz Ciokajlo – Concept Development Footwear Designer 

Liz Ciokajlo brings years of experience working as a product, furniture and fashion accessories designer to her approach to footwear. The aim in her work is to bring a fresh look at how materials and technologies can underpin and reshape fashion footwear at the most emotive levels. The focus of the work is bio and natural materials, emerging techologies, the body and how this will alter footwear constructions seeing this combination as futuristic and decisively female. Remaining independent she is a concept design consultant with footwear companies, works collaboratively with artist, designers and science based specialist and produces her own creative research work, gives talks and exhibits internationally. In addition to her practice, Liz is a consultant and collaborator within the sKINship project. www.lizciokajlo.co.uk

Sarah Pape – Consultant Plastic Surgeon 

Sarah Pape is a consultant plastic surgeon, working in Newcastle upon Tyne. Following general surgery training in Leeds, she began her plastic surgery career in Bradford. This was followed by posts in Stoke on Trent, University College Hospital London, Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne. Sarah was awarded the specialist fellowship at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1994. Her specialist interests are burns and laser surgery. In addition to her clinical work, Sarah is a maker working with the processes of knit, stitch, spinning and crochet, amongst other creative interests. Sarah is also consultant to the sKINship project.

The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery – Collaborators

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons – Funders

St Thomas’ hospital, plastics department – Collaborators

Henry Poole of Savile Row – Collaborators