Adriana Ionascu studied Fine Art in Europe (Art Academy ‘George Enescu’ Jassy), holds a first-class degree and a master's degree in 3-D Design from Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Her doctoral thesis (Poetic Design, a Theory of Everyday Practice) focuses on the cultural significance of domestic artefacts.
She is interested in design-art, critical design, relational design, the social role of design in modelling modern life experiences; in the technical and conceptual territory of craft in contemporary culture in relation to digital fabrication.
As a writer she contributed to journals such as:
- Ceramics: Arts and Perception
- the Design History Society International Conferences (Koniklijke-Vlaamse Academie, Brussels
- Oslo School of Architecture & Design, Oslo)
- Design & Evolution Conference, Delft
- Design & Emotion Conference, Chalmers University, Gothenburg
- ASCA Conference, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, Holland
- Making FuturesInternational Conferences, England
- ATINER International Conference, Athens
- EKSIG DRS, Experiential Knowledge International Conference, Rotterdam
She is principal editor for Drawing Research, Theory, Practice International Journal published by Intellect; a reviewer for Tracey Journal of Drawing and has guest-edited for Visual Inquiry International Journal.
She exhibits work in Ireland, England and abroad, including:
- Crafting Anatomies Exhibition
- Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
- Second Life Exhibition, Der Handwerkskammer, Hanover, Germany
- TransForm Irish Contemporary Ceramic Art (Crafts Council Ireland)
- Design/Craft: A History of Convergences, Wearable Exhibition, Brussels
- New Craft-Future Voices Exhibition, Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design
She held a Research Residency at Plymouth College of Art (Made@EU International Program); a Research Residency at E.K.W.C. (International Center-of-Excellence in Research and Innovation), ‘Den Bosh, Holland. Her work featured at Cecilia Colman Gallery, London; Atelier 18 Gallery Nottingham; Atelier 71 Gallery Fareham, Hampshire; Red Gallery, Southsea; Eaton Applied Arts, Windsor; Reading Arts Centre Gallery, Reading; Leicester City Council, Leicester; Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2016).
A. Ionascu is associate member of the Research Institute Art & Design (RIAD) at Ulster University (2008-21); Crafts Council Ireland (2009-21); Design History Society (2007-15); Association of Art Historians (2016); InSEA (2010); a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.She lectures on the History and Theory of Art and Design and is involved in teaching studio practice.