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 ideas of material composition 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 a surface that can and should undergo different stages, and a visualisation of this material transfer.
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.
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.
Evelyn Sitter is an artistic associate at the Institute for Experimental Fashion and Textile Design (IBT) at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2016. She is also in charge of the weaving atelier at the design faculty. Besides that, she works on collaborative interdisciplinary projects in fashion, art, and design.
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.