Sarah Shirk Wins Technology in Art and Design Award

Sarah Shirk, center, at the 2019 WIT Awards

Sarah Shirk prototyping fabric elements for a chandelier used at an event

The ATOMIC Research and Development Team at the 2019 WIT Awards

Finalists at the 2019 WIT Awards

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ATOMIC is happy to announce that our Soft Goods Research and Development Lead, Sarah Shirk, was awarded the first ever Technology in Art and Design Award at the 3rd Annual Women in Technology Awards. This local awards celebration includes nine categories that recognize women in technology who have had an impact in the Pennsylvania region. Presented by the Technology Council of Pennsylvania, the ceremony was held at the Spring Gate Winery in Harrisburg, PA.

Sarah has worked with ATOMIC for 16 years, developing easy-to-use, modular soft goods that have helped simplify the events industry. By cleverly borrowing closures and attachment methods from other technologies, her work has helped make tedious installations a thing of the past. ATOMIC’s modular soft goods “pack small and play big,” which is a challenge Sarah solves with a unique use of technology. Prototyping in this area requires a hybrid approach of old and new technologies such as heavy grommeting and surging machines, 3D printers, hot knives, computer-generated renderings and of course, her trusty industrial sewing machine. Sarah’s work exemplifies an approach to technology that will become increasingly important as we enter an era of mixed technologies. She relies on the tools and construction methods that work, and at the same time seeks out new ways of solving the problems of the live event industry.

To check out some of Sarah’s skilled work, head to our rental catalog and browse through our assortment of dimensional soft goods!

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