Exchanging ideas on open fashion and tech at MeshCon: podcasts are online!

How to reap the benefits of participatory production in the textile industry was the topic of the first edition of MeshCon taking place in Berlin last October from 10 to 15, 2014: We are developing concepts and Free and Open Source technologies for fair and environment friendly production of garments and textiles at home and in the industry. MeshCon Berlin brings together industry representatives, fashion designers, pattern creators, knitters, textile manipulators, FOSS developers and DIY hardware makers. The event offers a place to exchange new ideas in personalized fashion and technologies in the garment production. I was invited to give a talk, but I couldn’t travel in those days. I suggest to listen to the recorded files in 13 podcasts of the event, and especially: Open Tools for Computational Craft Glitchaus Project: Between pixel art, textile design, and digital techniques with knitting machines Digital Patternmaking with Project Valentina on PCs

3 storie che dimostrano che la forza dell’innovazione non sono le tecnologie ma le persone

Articolo originariamente pubblicato su Chefuturo. Una delle peculiarità che rendono Fablab e Makerspace di forte impatto nel contesto sociale cui sono immersi è la loro capacità di trasformare gli individui dal ruolo di passivi utilizzatori a quello attivo di Makers in grado di trovare soluzioni alle proprie necessità, dare concretezza alle proprie intuizioni. Ciò è possibile da un canto attraverso la valorizzazione di strumenti e materiali locali, dall’altro canto attraverso una conoscenza condivisa globalmente, non per schemi generali imposti dall’alto, ma iterando in maniera continuativa teoria e pratica. Il percorso di questa trasformazione passa attraverso la capacità di guardare ciò che ci circonda con occhi nuovi perchè, forse per la prima volta, abbiamo provato sulla nostra pelle la felicità che ci coglie quando capiamo come funzionano gli oggetti intorno a noi e riusciamo a risolvere autonomamente delle necessità nostre o di altri, senza per forza indossare l’etichetta degli esperti. Steven Johnson in un interessante intervento a TED del 2010, con

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The future of knitting

(Segue in italiano) When a couple of years ago I got interested in the development of the first open-source loom and interviewed Margarita Benitez of Osloom I suddenly realized the potentiality of weaving, knitting and crocheting in terms of modularity and flexibility. Now i’d like to present you two other projects that got my attention. They are not open-source, they are proprietary projects, but they show us how companies are researching and investing in new patented technologies that are revolutionizing the field. Start with watching these videos. the first is a glance on the Nike’s Flyknit technology and the second is a short interview with the designers who developed it. They show us the first example of the knitting of one piece of trainer uppers using flat and circular knitting technologies. The shoe weights only 160 grams and has multiple yarns of varying properties! Nike Flyknit technology film from Darrin Crescenzi on Vimeo. If you want to know more technical

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(Re)Searching for a sustainable fashion system – Interview

(segue in italiano) Thanx to the collaboration with Jen Ballie, who kindly accepted our invitation last year to our Openwear conference, I had the chance to get in touch with Kay Politowicz, professor of Textile Design, co-founder and Project Director for the Textiles Environment Design (TED) research group at Chelsea. For many years she was Director of Undergraduate Textile Design Course at Chelsea – and promoted a high-level of achievement of students working with specialist material processes in textiles: knit, weave, print, stitch – increasingly using digital processes and a wider variety of workshops – such as ceramics, wood, metal. In that role she became increasingly aware of the need to develop an environmental focus to curriculum developments within the subject and the opportunities that such a focus would reveal. In the last few years she moved to an entirely research-based and funded role and she believes it has been a great way to develop opportunities for externally funded practice-based

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