Research in Design Talk:
Krystle Moody Wood
Research in Design Lecture Series
Krystle Moody Wood (B.A. design ‘07) is the founder and principal consultant of Materevolve, LLC. After almost a decade of corporate materials and product development and working in non-profit education, Krystle found she could best pursue her passion for sustainability, textiles and adventure by starting her own business (Materevolve), which focuses on providing brand and material innovators with technical textile consulting and inspirational educational experiences.
Moody Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Materevolve, LLC. After almost a decade of corporate materials and product development and working in non-profit education, Krystle found she could best pursue her passion for sustainability, textiles and adventure by starting her own business (Materevolve) focused on providing brands and materials innovators with technical textile consulting and inspirational educational experiences. Since it’s inception in 2018, Materevolve has expanded it’s client base beyond textile industry and material innovators to aiding both non-profits and government agencies like NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and the US Environmental Protection Agency in education, multi-sector stakeholder engagement and solution building.
From 2015 to 2019, Krystle served as chair of the Sustainability pillar of the California chapter of AATCC supporting California textile professionals by designing unique educational programs and networking events across the state of California. In 2018–2019, Krystle co-led the curation, execution and moderation of a three-day conference in Oct. 2019 titled “Resilient Textiles Systems: Through the Lens of Soil and Sea.”
Prior to Materevolve, Krystle served as Materials Manager of the bay area non-profit Fibershed. In this role, Krystle acted as the prime liaison for brands and artisans interested in developing regional and regenerative fiber systems across the US. Working directly with fine fiber producers of wool, alpaca, and cotton, Krystle redefined textile economies with a focus on bringing value back to ranchers and farmers and creating a business model that supported the implementation of carbon farm plans. Some of the successful projects that came from this work include: the Community Supported Cloth and The North Face’s Cali Wool Collection.
As Materials Researcher of the VF Apparel Innovation Center, Krystle led the research and development of many sustainable innovation platforms for VF portfolio brands that included new materials, waterless textile processing technologies, green chemistry. She also contributed to her first patent. While at The North Face, Krystle mastered technical knits and wovens as Materials Developer for the performance and snowsports category and as Advanced Materials Researcher, drove many sustainable product and materials initiatives. This included revamping icons like the Denali with significant energy, water and chemical savings, and spearheading the Backyard Project- a locally made, sustainable California cotton hoodie.
Krystle currently participates on both the San Francisco Bay Microplastics Policy Advisory Committee and the AATCC RA100 committee developing the test method for fiber release in textiles. She also has served as the co-chair of the AATCC Young Professionals Committee and won a Future Leaders Award. Krystle earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Textile Science from the University of California at Davis.