Atom Cianfarani is an artist and designer whose practice is founded in the repurposing of refuse. Working from an ecological preservationist ideology, her design and art practice examines bioremediation as a means to promote renewal in the urban waste-scape. She aims to reconcile urban architecture with its surrounding ecological habitats thereby making the urban reality more compatible with our natural world.
In the 20 years she lived and worked in New York City and Brooklyn, her design practice, first in fashion and later in architectural infrastructure, reflected her political and environmental concerns. Her fashion company Gaelyn and Cianfarani pioneered the melding repurposed rubber, latex with sustainable fabrics into haute couture, showing twice at New York Fashion Week's Bryant Park tents and gracing the pages of countless fashion magazines including Italian Vogue, Details, i-D and Elle.
For 10 years, Cianfarani was Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Lower East Side Ecology Center. She was the Sustainability Director at Build It Green in Brooklyn. As founder of the sustainability design firm Atomseco she has directed and consulted on a number of green roof and sustainability projects, public art and guerrilla art projects in Toronto and New York City. She now lives and works in Montreal where she is a partner in the art collective Et tu, Machine.