April Grow

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Creative Computing
Department Computing
Email april.grow (@gold.ac.uk)
April Grow

April teaches creative computing and physical computing modules at Goldsmiths. She loves helping make student project proposals a reality in her project-based modules. She is also a senior tutor and a certified mental health first aider. In her spare time, April makes all kinds of art, crafts, and plays a wide variety of video games.

Academic qualifications

  • PHD in Computer Science (Topic: Computational Textile Crafts) 2019
  • Masters in Computer Science (Topic: Authoring Tools for Embodied Agents) 2014
  • Bachelors in Computer Science (Topic: Computer Game Design) 2009

Teaching and Supervision

  • Creative Computing
  • Physical Computing
  • Digital Arts Computing
  • Game Design

Research interests

My most recent research has been focused on supporting interdisciplinary artists and crafters. Proprietary authoring software for many crafting machines (such as embroidery or knitting machines) is terrible, and I am working on making open-sourced alternatives that 'hack' these machines to make them more accessible for artists to use. I enjoy teaching and sharing tutorials for physical computing elements that would otherwise intimidate non-tech-savvy artists. Finally, I bring crafts to games in order to break stereotypes of "gamers" and encourage new audiences (particularly women) to become game-makers. I really just enjoy tearing down every wall and stereotype between artists, crafters, and gamers so that each community can benefit from the others.

Further profile content

Professional projects

Threadsteading: a multiplayer territory control game played on an embroidery machine.