Anika is completing her PhD in environmental applied sciences and management at Ryerson University in Toronto. Having completed degrees in both science and fashion design has provided Anika with a unique perspective and a broad understanding of research & design methodologies. Through her education and community engagement, she has specialized in sustainable fashion for 15 years. She has been invited to present her work at design conferences in Copenhagen, Helsinki and London, taught women to sew at a cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda, has worked in numerous collectives to highlight sustainable fashion and has recently founded Sum Journal & (re)Design Fashion. Having won awards for her work, she continues to design, teach and consultant alongside her phd research.
Anika values the importance in developing research methods and design processes that drive circular systems, sustainability, new consumer behaviours and cross-disciplinary innovation. As a runner and marathoner, the global urban running movement and its community engagement through online social media platforms such as Instagram and Nike+ has inspired and influenced her work. A global family, under the moniker “Bridge the Gap” empowers women, fosters a healthy lifestyle and creates true bonds that transcends borders. This continues to form the basis of her on-going research, which focuses on a systems perspective encompassing the dynamic praxis of design thinking & processes, circular economies, value creation, consumer behaviours and engagement, innovative business model and technologies related to the sustainability of the textile and clothing industry. Essentially, redesigning the fashion system.