Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Techtextil & Avantex Symposium 2011: call for papers

The symposiums will be held parallel to Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, in Frankfurt am Main/Germany from May 24-26, 2011.

The aim of both symposiums is to generate new impulses for the sectors covered, to boost interdisciplinary communication and to disseminate information about the latest developments and potential applications. The deadline for receipt by Messe Frankfurt is October 15, 2010. A variety of subjects will be covered within the framework of lecture blocks at the two symposiums. The themes planned are as follows:
1. Materials + products from renewable resources, e.g., from bio-polymers, natural fibers
2. Nano-technology and technical textiles – current and potential applications
3. Biomimetics / bionics (textile technology + textile materials, inspired by nature)
4. E-textiles / portable technologies
5. Fashion + Design (innovative garment textiles / Avantex)
6. Intelligent materials, e.g., textile materials with adaptive or reactive properties
7. Technology: new developments in the fields of production, processing, coating, finishing / dressing ...
8. Materials: new developments in the field of fibers and all kinds of technical textiles
9. Composites, textile-reinforced materials
10. Visions: tomorrow’s markets, products and applications
11. Industrial design and / or function of technical textiles.

To submit a lecture proposal, you must firstly register on the internet at Proposals must be made in English.


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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Warp + weft: : cross-disciplinary approaches to weave

Warp + Weft

11 Sep 11am - 5pm

The warp and weft symposium will explore how woven structure informs far more than the textiles that surround us.

Directed by Dr Jessica Hemmings (Edinburgh College of Art), invited speakers will consider weaving in relation to topics as diverse as the World Wide Web, poetry, mathematics, architecture and film.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Lesley Millar, curator of a number of key textile exhibitions in the last decade, including “Textual Space” and “Cloth & Culture Now”.

The poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch will read from new unpublished work that explores the “unheard voices of witches, weavers and millworkers in West Wales and Lancashire between 1610 and 1910”.

Screenings of short experimental films will explore the rhythms of weaving at the Dovecot Tapestry Studio by filmmaker Matt Hulse and Anne Wilson’s recent “Walking the Warp” project.

Expanding the boundaries of what we might consider as ‘woven’ will provide delegates with an opportunity to reconsider how central weaving is – not only to textiles – but to many other seemingly unrelated disciplines

Download a booking form.

All / Admission by ticket only. Delegates £45, Concessions £25 / Book on (01559) 370929

The National Wool Museum

Drefach Felindre
Carmarthenshire SA44 5UP.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Smart Textiles: Science and Technology of Textile Art

A number of articles have been published in Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal on topics related to the textile arts. This Special Project expands on Leonardo's archive of textile art documentation by focusing on textile artists and scientists around the world who work with smart textiles or the new textiles science and technology.

Artists and researchers interested in writing about their work involving the science and technology of smart textile and clothing arts are invited to view the Leonardo Editorial Guidelines and related information at: and send in a manuscript proposal to

The project is supported by The Marjorie Duckworth Malina Fund, which honors the memory of a key long-time supporter of Leonardo/ISAST. The project recognizes Marjorie's dedication to the ideals of international cooperation by emphasizing the participation of artists throughout the world. For information on making a donation to Leonardo/ISAST in memory of Marjorie Duckworth Malina, please visit

SOURCE: here