Last week we had the chance to introduce the demo-version of the Textile Prototyping Lab together with our Berlin-based project partners Kunsthochschule Weißensee and Fraunhofer IZM on behalf of MakeCity. Thanks to the support of the British Council, we were able to invite Kirsty Emery, a co-founder of Unmade, to give a keynote - and it was a perfect match and very inspiring! So special thanks to Kirsty for coming over and presenting how you work and how your approach fills a gap in textile design/consumption. Unmade is based on the idea of putting the interaction with users of fashion textile products before the manufacturing by offering a customization interface to their users, be them individuals or companies.
The story of Unmade provided us with an inspiration of what kind of projects we could support with the Textile Prototyping Lab (TPL) in the future. The TPL is part of the futureTEX program by the German Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF). The team behind TPL includes Kunsthochschule Weißensee, cutting-edge research insitutes Fraunhofer IZM, TITV and STFI and Fab Lab Berlin. It aims at shortening innovation cycles in the German textile industry. Hence, think of the TPL as a kind of a translator between students, self-employed designers and engineers, SMEs and research institutions with regard to textiles. For instance, accessing the cutting-edge resources of our partrners STFI, TITV and Fraunhofer IZM is easier than you'd think.
We are looking forward to working with everyone who belongs to one of these groups. If you are interested, please let us know more about your work by sending a mail to email@example.com.
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