Weaving Futures: Week 8 | Takram

takram-cloplWeaving Futures is an exhibition at London Transport Museum highlighting the importance of woven textile design to the London Transport system. The exhibition explores the process and making of digital woven textiles, as part of the Museums’, Designology season.

Each week, visitors will can see invited designers/artists in residence in the Designology studio, who will be working on a project brief and interacting with a weaver in their residency dates. The weavers will be interpreting the residents work live into digital woven textile prototypes and final works on a state-of-the-art TC2 digital jacquard loom. 

Week 8 features:  Takram
Residency dates: 9th – 14th Jan 2017
Activity days: 12th & Loom running 14th Jan 2017

Founded in 2006, Takram is a creative innovation firm with studios in Tokyo and London. Specialists in concept, product, and experience design, they work with leading international businesses and institutions across transportation, automotive, consumer products and technology, retail, finance and media.

Multi-disciplined, they thrive on the synergy of different talents and professions, and the scope of their projects range from hardware to software, from architecture to digital art, and from organisational communication to education programs

nr1Renee Verhoeven
Renee is a dutch born designer at Takram London and graduate of Product Design at the Royal College of Art in London. She enjoys researching the physical reality of technologies in flux. Renee’s projects have addressed manufacturing processes and material sciences to speculative economics and the interpretation of technological progress.

Larissa Kunstel – Tabet

Larissa is a design engineer working at Takram London. She is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering and Innovation Design Engineering at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art and is a Fellow of the RSA. Larissa has worked previously for the London Underground, BBC, Citymapper and fashion technology company Studio XO. She has great drive and passion and loves multidisciplinary working.

Other residents participating in the Weaving Futures season include: Assemble, Beatwoven, Philippa Brock, Camira, Central Saint Martins, BA Textile students, Samuel Dempsey, Linda Florence, Gainsborough Weaving Company, Eleanor Pritchard, Rare Thread : aka Kirsty McDougall & Laura Miles, Josephine Ortega, Ismini Samanidou, Studio Houndstooth: Jo Pierce, Takram & Priti Veja

Resident artists and designers have been invited to respond to a project brief; exploring the role of textiles in modern transport now and in the future. They will focus on ‘untapped’ sources of data generated by, or helpful to, the transport system. Their responses will then be interpreted into woven textiles, live for museum visitors.

Creative responses may span from future speculations on data capture and its textile use, to new methods of digitising human interactions, to creative interpretations and visualisations of existing TfL data sets.

Weaving Futures is jointly Curated by Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey. The weavers for the season are Rosie Green & Hanna Vinlöf Nylen

Weaving Futures Sponsors: Camira, Digital Weave Norway, Pointcarre, The Worshipful Company of Weavers

Text and images: Takram


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