eTextiles are fabrics with embedded electronic components and form a vibrant territory for artistic exploration and innovation. However, facilities to produce textiles and electronics professionally seldom go hand-in-hand, making it difficult for artists to coordinate eTextiles creation. To support artists working with eTextiles, V2_ will install a temporary workshop space exclusively dedicated to the production of eTextiles. This eTextile Sweatshop will bring together rapid prototyping machines typically found in so-called Fablabs with machines common to the production of textiles. Besides open access to artists working with eTextiles, V2_ is offering an extensive workshop and masterclass program. In this program, leading artists, expert users, and creative communities dealing with eTextiles will transfer their skills and expertise through meetings, demonstrations, and hands-on production in the eTextile Sweatshop. The results will be presented in a special edition of Test_Lab, November 29.
Wednesday 21: Opening Drinks
Event | 17.00 - 18.00 | free
Thursday 22: Punch Couture
Workshop | 10.00 - 18.00 | Ebru Kurbak (TR) and Irene Posch (AT) | €25, incl. lunch and materials | registration required: karla [at] v2.nl
The Punch Couture workshop explores the artistic possibilities of self-made punch cards for knitting machines. Participants create their own punch cards using laser- and vinyl cutters, and knit the result under the guidance of artists Ebru Kurbak and Irene Posch.
Friday 23 + Saturday 24: Designing for the Loop
Workshop | 10.00 - 18.00 | Mika Satomi (JP/AT), Hannah Perner-Wilson (AT), and Andreas Köhler (DE) | €50,- incl. lunch and materials | registration required: karla [at] v2.nl
Designing for the loop is a two-day workshop that focuses on eco-conscious eTextile design, developed by artists Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson in collaboration with sustainability expert Andreas Köhler. Participants debate issues of sustainability in eTextile design on the basis of several hands-on experiments, such as designing a recyclable eTextile and conducting life-cycle analysis.
Saturday 24: Ultimaker 3D Printing
Masterclass | 11.00 - 13.00 | Joris van Tubergen (Protospace) | €12,50, incl. materials | registration required: karla [at] v2.nl
Saturday 24: Textile Laser Cutting
Masterclass | 14.00 - 16.00 | Jiskar Schmitz and Christian Waber (Snijlab) | €12,50, incl. materials | registration required: karla [at] v2.nl
Sunday 25: eTextile Workspace
Expert meeting | 10.00 -18.00 | free
V2_'s eTextile Workspace community gathers to work on on-going individual and collaborative projects. Non-members are warmly invited to join this group of expert eTextile producers.
Monday 26: Open Access Day
Open access | 10.00 -18.00 | free
During Open Access Day the sweatshop is freely accessible to artists to work on their own eTextile projects. Following Fablab practice, participants should provide their own materials.
Tuesday 27: Architextiles
Expert meeting | 10.00 -18.00 | free
The Architextile community experiments with light, sound and laser-cut patterns in the context of interior design and architecture. Non-Architextile members are warmly invited to join.
Wednesday 28: Smart Social Crafting
Workshop | 10.00 - 18.00 | Betsy Greer (US) | €25, incl. lunch and materials | registration required: karla [at] v2.nl
Betsy Greer, known for coining the term ‘craftivism’, leads a workshop on Smart Social Crafting in which participants create machine-knit pairs of conductive swatches to form a simple circuit.
Thursday 29: Test_Lab: eTextile Sweatshop
Event | 20.00 - 22.00 | free
This edition of Test_Lab marks the end of V2_’s week-long eTextile Sweatshop and highlights some of its products. Ultimately, Test_Lab: eTextile Sweatshop demonstrates how easing access to facilities and promoting the sharing of skills can stimulate innovation and good practice in the arts.
V2_’s eTextile Sweatshop is made possible with the kind support of:
kobakant.at | lca2go.eu | snijlab.nl | protospace.nl | architextiles.nl | craftivism.com | crispplatform.nl