Collaborative development for urban manufacturing.
The research project Re-FREAM is exploring the interaction between the domains of fashion, design, science, craft and technology, hereby promoting a space for co-creation and research, where experimental projects will connect artists with scientists and technologists for better human-centered and sustainable solutions. The focus of the research is the future of urban fashion manufacturing, using additive manufacturing (3D printing), electronics, and eco-innovative finishing. Informed by social and environmental values, these methods could create a new value chain for the fashion industry. Over a nine-month period, these hybrid teams were on a co-research and co-creation journey guided by a specific art-tech collaboration methodology in which they employed powerful technologies from some of the world’s most cutting-edge labs. The Re-FREAM Garden shows the results of several co-creation projects, illustrating the potential of combining art with technology, crafting and sciences. The projects reveal a speculative perspective on fashion and open new spheres for design, sustainable production and a new value chain.
STARTS Day: Afternoon Session
Anastasia Pistofidou (GR), Marion Real (FR), Lucas Evers (NL), Michela Magas ( UK/SE/HR), Areti Markopoulou (GR), Karin Fleck (AT), Silke Hofmann (DE), Sophia Guggenberger (AT), Eugenia Morpurgo (IT), Filippo Nassetti (IT), Vincenzo Reale (IT), Malou Beemer (NL), Anke Loh (DE), Sandra Nicoline Nielsen (DK), Tim van der Loo (NL), Loreto Binvignat Streeter (CL/ES), Alexander Bello (BE/MX/US/CA)
STARTS Talk: In Conversation with Anastasia Pistofidou & Marion Real; Fabrication Deep Dive: On the future of sustainable manufacturing; MADE IN YOUR CITY A NEW VALUE CHAIN FOR FASHION
Alexander Bello (BE/MX/US/CA)
“NeoBotanical Tailoring” is a co-creation project aiming to explore the intersection of nature, science, craftsmanship and health through a collection of naturally dyed and scented tailored garments.
Loreto Binvignat Streeter (CL/ES)
“Sustainable Evolution” is a co-creation project researching and applying innovative microorganic and plant dyes to help tackle the textile dye industry’s water waste and pollution problem.
Sandra Nicoline Nielsen (DK), Tim van der Loo (NL)
New Blue explores new pathways in the circular economy, aesthetics and production. Denim is an ubiquitous material, loved and used by many. It is also a significant source of waste. The challenge, as we see it, is to find a way to recirculate old, worn-out jeans and leftover fibres within the system.
Embroidered Touch | Life Space
Anke Loh (DE)
The Embroidered Touch project aims to reconnect individuals to the physical world through tactile craftsmanship with embedded technology. Anke Loh intends to create a dress that responds to touch through embroidered conductive threads.
Malou Beemer (NL)
Malou Beemer reshapes the relation between us and our clothes by integrating body language and non-verbal behaviour into the design process, making fashion design more interactive and responsive.
Filippo Nassetti (IT), Vincenzo Reale (IT)
Through their collaboration, Filippo Nassetti and Vincenzo Reale are changing the notion of prostheses—from medical devices to customised fashion products — by radically rethinking the relationship between technology in the form of wearable objects and the human body. In the context of the current pandemic, their attention has been drawn to the urgent need for respiratory prostheses.
Sophia Guggenberger (AT), Eugenia Morpurgo (IT)
In their collaboration, Sophia Guggenberger and Eugenia Morpurgo are working on sustainable shoes made from materials that are harvested in a regenerative field, including digital technologies in the fabrication process of the shoes. They are researching not only the technical aspects of these specific processes but also the wider implications of employing different production methods, industrial strategies and digital fabrication.
Needs-Based Bra Alternative
Silke Hofmann (DE)
Silke Hofmann is rethinking the conventional post-mastectomy bra on a structural level to co-create a wearer centric, modular and customizable bra alternative supporting women’s individual needs following breast cancer. In her design practice, Hofmann is interested in the wearer-garment relationship, and in conceptualising garment development processes that advocate consumer participation and co-creation.
MADE IN YOUR CITY
ReFREAM Consortium (INT)
Re-FREAM´s vision is to make fashion production, processes and materials more sustainable and inclusive, and to manufacture them in urban settings. In this panel, international artists, designers and experts discuss their perspectives on future options for clothing production. They share their experiences with inclusive development processes, new sustainable material and encountered chances of urban manufacturing.
The project involves an international consortium of partners with experience in technology, research, fashion, and design, as well as art-tech transfer expertise.
Project Management: CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria
Hub management Linz: CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria
Hub management Berlin: Wear It Berlin GmbH
Hub management Valencia: AITEX (Asociación de Investigación de la Industria Textil)
Technology Partners: Care Applications S.L., Consorzio ARCA, Empa, Fraunhofer IZM, Haratech, IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), Profactor, Stratasys, University of Art and Design Linz / Department Fashion & Technology
Re-FREAM has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme in the framework of the STARTS initiative (Science, Technology & the Arts) under Grant agreement No. 825647