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Gil Fandino, Luisa

Luisa F Gil Fandino

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Division of Textiles and Apparel


Office Location
GEA 223

Postal Address
200 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Luisa is an assistant professor in the Textiles and Apparel Program at the University of Texas in Austin. Besides her strong passion for textiles and fabrication techniques , she is also interested in sustainability in the textile industry and in building interdisciplinary opportunities for her students. During her time at the University, she has also been a guest lecturer for the School of Architecture, the School of Fine Arts and also constantly speaks to different student organizations about the overlap of Textiles with other disciplines.

Luisa has also collaborated  with the department of Mechanical Engineering redesigning a robot for stroke, Chemical Engineering assisting the nanotechnology Maymester in Japan  and UT Portugal program, and most recently Computer Science researching three-dimensional weaving.

Luisa enjoys mentoring students and creating platforms for collaboration like the UT chapter of AATCC ( American Association of Colorists and Chemists), being the principal investigator for Women’s Relief Initiative, a student led project that aims to bring sanitary garments to Africa, advising Bridging Disciplines and Honors thesis (Polymatics and Dean’s Honors), and being part of the founding team of Cientifico Latino UT Austin Chapter . Luisa is also part of the faculty team that was awarded the 2019-2020 President's Award for Global Learning which is designing and prototyping sustainable materials for the fashion industry.

Through her company Fandindo, Luisa creates wholesale and custom made textile and fiber pieces that comply with codes and regulations for hospitality and interior design. In recent years, Luisa has been researching digital fabrication applied to textile surface design.

Current Affiliations:

DEI committee School of Human Ecology member

DEI Committee College of Natural Science member

Faculty Council member 2019-2021

Cientifico Latino- UT Austin Chapter 

Experiential Learning Cohort 2019-2021

AATCC faculty advisor

Board of Directors- Austin School of Fiber Arts

Fabric construction, digital fabrication, smart fabrics and sustainable materials.

Luisa's work is featured in academic publications and books Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age  
(Bloomsbury, U.K.) and Artistry in Fiber: Wall Art (Schiffer Publishing, U.S.), as well as industry journals like Furniture Today and
Metropolis architectural journal.

TXA 205  Introduction to Textiles
TXA 105L  Textiles Laboratory
TXA 260M  Advanced Textiles
TXA 214L  Product Development

TXA 303 Textiles

TXA 365 Sustainable Textiles and Biomaterials