Textile surfaces surround us in the most diverse contexts and environments and play a decisive role in many artistic disciplines. In architecture, fashion, art, and design, the creation of experimental materials is a crucial path to the unique characters of a design. The methods do not always have to be highly complex. Even the simplest reversal of expected material properties can produce experimental and inspiring compositional ideas, and basic samples created by hand can provide visual triggers for 3D renderings.
This workshop dares utopias about what material can and should be. Based on excerpts from science fiction reading, the students will approach fantastic, comic or even absurd ideas of material compositions and hybridity, materialise and visually simulate them. Each participant will write a short utopian scenario, learn analogue textile constructions and explore the hybrid use of those techniques. The focus will lie on experimenting and creating surfaces that potentially can undergoes different stages, and visualisations of those material transfers.
Previous knowledge of textile creation is not required but would be advantageous.
The workshop can benefit people who are interested in architecture, fashion, art, and product design.
Introduction of the group
Input on history of textile technology (material superpowers and transformations)
Reading science fiction excerpts describing material utopias (e.g. Taiki Kawakami, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime; Donna Haraway, Staying with the trouble - Camille chapter)
Presentation of your own research
Exercises in material manipulation
Introduction of analog textile constructions: embroidery, knitting, weaving, braiding
Writing your own (textile) utopian scenario
Experimenting with different materials and techniques
Visualization of your material transformation using drawing / photography / video / 3D programs etc.
Finalization of the project
Presentation and feedback
Evelyn and Justina are interested in gaining innovation through analogue material developments in today's digital times. They focus on the passing on of traditional craft techniques and reinterpreting them in contemporary design and art contexts.
Both artists are engaged in their own projects and present them regularly in Berlin and abroad as well as develop the artworks together. Their most recent textile installation was on view at the Berlinische Galerie as part of the centenary exhibition original bauhaus in 2019. The installation was designed to be touched, allowing blind and visually impaired visitors to experience the textile artworks from the Bauhaus weaving workshop.
In addition to their artistic practice, they organise and lead workshops in schools where they provide access to art and design education for children from different social backgrounds and of all genders.
Evelyn Sitter is an artistic associate at the Institute for Experimental Fashion and Textile Design (IBT) at Berlin University of the Arts since 2016. She is also in charge of the weaving atelier at the design faculty, where she holds seminars intertwining questions about gender and material identities with hybrid craft technologies. Besides that, she works as a textile artist on a counter-march loom, and a designer in collaborative projects. Her work has been shown internationally in museum exhibitions and design festivals e.g. at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2019), Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2019), Collectible Fair, Brusseles, Belgium (2018), Beirut Design Week, Libanon (2016).
Justina Monceviciute is a designer and visual artist based in Berlin. Along with her creative projects, Justina is a lecturer for Textile Technologies at the Berlin University of the Arts (IBT) and AMD Berlin. Justina’s artistic work bridges the features of textile, art and architecture. Her pieces embody the ideas of hybridity and alienation: they are made of ceramics, but move like textiles. Justina's creative approach is stimulated by questions of value as well as the hierarchy between craft, design and art, and driven by the personal necessity of their interrelation. This mindset led her to develop a coherent and autonomous language of aesthetics achieved through the combination of elaborate craftsmanship and authentic visual storytelling. Justina’s work has been exhibited in COLLECT 2020 at Somerset House in London and Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (2018 and 2019), among others.