RESULTS

Participants from all over the world gathered in Fab Lab Barcelona to attend the Textiles Academy Bootcamp. In Barcelona, 5 groups were created, resulting in a woven shoulder piece that embedded Corning Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fibers from Versalume, a laser cut cape combining different techniques and animated through electronics components, an entire outfit, composed by a bolero and skirt, entirely constructed by variations of the same modular element that were laser cut in neoprene and integrated a sewn circuit with a lilypad and a stretch sensor, and tridimensional moulded objects using kombucha.

INTRODUCTION

The Textile Academy Bootcamp was the kick off and a pilot course to test the forthcoming Fabricademy, a new textile academy that will run in multiple places all over the world simultaneously, starting mid September 2017.

It was an intensive 40h course that took place at IaaC Fab Lab Barcelona with 25 participants from US, Canada, France, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Holland, Chile, Sweden, Greece, England, India and with 20 more participants in the fashion of distributed online education, joining remotely from Wellington, Santiago de Chile, Amsterdam, Seoul, Kamp Linfort, Leon, Madrid, Lima, Limerick.

 

BRIEF

The work of the bootcamp was meant to be a demonstration that topics such as new alternative materials, processes and techniques related to textiles are valuable to the Fab Lab network but also to a larger audience of artists, professionals and individuals. It was created as a pilot event to test the forthcoming Fabricademy, a new textile academy that will run in multiple places all over the world simultaneously.

The class will be launched in September 2017, with a top level faculty and an extensive program of 13 weeks, followed by two months of individual project development. Many labs around the world have already expressed interest in participating to this program and we will be opening soon students applications. 

SCHEDULE

Day 1
Hacking the fashion industry- open source laser cut modular garments

Day 2
Bacteria textile dyeing – Natural Dyes – Bioplastics – Biocouture

Day 3
Computation Fashion – Noumena Workshop

Day 4
Electronics – Soft Sensors- Attiny – Open Hardware

Day 5
JAM

 

SESSION DESCRIPTION

Day1 – Hacking the fashion industry- open source laser cut modular garments

Anastasia Pistofidou presented the Fab Textiles project and Cecilia Raspanti showed her work at the Textile Lab Amsterdam and on the TCBL EU project. The future plans of the organizers were introduced (Fabricademy). Zoe Romano, under of the wemake.cc makerspace and expert in circular fashion, followed with her lecture on “Hacking the fashion industry”. For the Hands-On sessions, this day focused on exploring laser cutting techniques.

Day 2 – Bacteria textile dyeing – Natural Dyes – Bioplastics – Biocouture

The goal for this second day was to learn how to work with new material and processes aimed at growing your own clothes. It was decided to develop recipe for creating and mixing material, as wel dyeing them with natural ingredients and grow vegan leather. Kombucha and Bioplastic materials were also studied.

Day 3 – Computation Fashion

This day was opened by Amber Slooten, who presented to the participants means of designing fashion virtually and digitally.

Noumena collaborated within the entire event, with its founder, Aldo Sollazzo, participating on the third day of workshop as a computational expert. He hosted a lecture and introduced the students to Grasshopper and specific plugins needed for computational couture. He presented a series of examples which were previously established and ready to be customized, in order to achieve ready-for-production 3D printed pieces around a digital mannequin.

Noumena presented a vast range of topics, and the resources provided set the base for further development and experimentation from the students on both an individual and group level.

Day 4 – Electronics – Soft Sensors- Attiny – Open Hardware

The focus of the day was to enter the electronics, wearables field and the development of soft sensors using conductive fabric. With the help of Angel Muñoz and Christian Rizzuti. The hands-on session was conducted by Liza Stark, Content + Community Lead at littleBits.

The artist duo Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet introduced participants to the topic of open source machines for the textile industry, with their Knittic and Circular Knittic projects.

TUTORS

Zoe Romano

Anastasia Pistofidou

Cecilia Raspanti

Amber Slooten

Aldo Sollazzo

Angel Muñoz

Christian Rizzuti

Liza Stark

Valvara Guljajeva

Mar Canet

Alex Murray Leslie

Christian Rizzuti

Anemie Maes

Ali Yerdel

PROJECT TITLE

TEXTILES ACADEMY BOOTCAMP

YEAR 

February 2017

LOCATION 

Fab Lab Barcelona, Spain

IN COLLABORATION WITH

TextileLab

WAAG SOCIETY

IAAC

FAB LAB BARCELONA

Noumena

FabTextiles