BioEliza Squibb uses textile design to bridge the worlds of art and science. Collaborating with a wide range of professionals in health and research communities, artists, and artisans, Eliza creates textile patterns that communicate health information specifically for communities with low-literacy or language barriers that prevent equitable healthcare access. Eliza’s textile patterns have been funded by grants and used for communication and public outreach during community-based public health campaigns in West Africa.
Eliza’s research in traditional art practices and artisan entrepreneurship has taken her to North Africa and South America, where she organized design workshops in Yine-Yami, Shuar, and Shipibo indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Eliza is a co-instructor for D-Lab Design, a course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that connects innovative global start-ups and nonprofits with teams of student engineers.