Symposium: ‘Making’ Communities | Textile Research @ CSM

‘Making’ Communities: Textile Research @ CSM |  TFRC Symposium

Date: 25 November 2017
LVMH Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Time: 10.30am – 16.30

About: TFRC is a research community at the University of the Arts London, based at Central Saint Martins’ Textile department. They explore how materials and textiles can enable more inheritable futures. TFRC research ranges from social to sustainable as well as technological and craft innovation focusing on three core research areas: Urban Fabric, Weave Research and Material Innovation.

‘Making’ Communities will bring together practice-led academics from TFRC as well as Visiting Professor Reiko Sudo/ NUNO Tokyo and London based Studio Weave (tbc) to share latest textile and material innovation as well as new case studies of textile-led community engagement.

Future Processes, the first part of the symposium, will present insights into the sophisticated world of Nuno’s sustainable fabrics, made through innovative material recycling. Philippa Brock and Anne Smith will be re-thinking industrial processes such as loom-based 3D weave fabrication and pattern-making through lasercutting. Professor Carole Collet will present her research into designing future bio-materials with living systems.

Future Communities in the afternoon will discuss the role of textiles as a vehicle to build more inclusive communities – celebrating diverse cultural identities. London-based architecture practice Studio Weave (TBC) will present their recent projects exploring the role of colour in communities. Jo Pierce from Studio Houndstooth will discuss ludic co-design and community visibility in East London and Anne Marr will share research into local place-making with Crisis Brent. Whilst Linda Florence and Rebecca Hoyes will show how textile design can empower local artisan communities in the Middle East to develop new economic opportunities.

Tickets include light lunch and refreshments: £18 / £5 Concessions

Places are limited – please book your ticket here

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‘Making’ Communities Programme

10:30 am: Registration & coffee

Part 1: Future Processes
10:45 am: Textiles and Materials at CSM: An Introduction
Professor Carole Collet and Anne Smith

10:50 am: Keynote Presentation: NUNO’s Sustainable Textiles
Professor Reiko Sudo, Tokyo Zokei University, Visiting Professor CSM
Director Nuno Cooporation

11:40 am: Weaving Futures
Philippa Brock, TFRC Researcher, BA Textile Design Pathway Leader Weave, CSM

12:00 pm: Laser Cutting Textiles: past – present – future
Anne Smith, Dean of Academic Programmes, CSM

12:20 pm: Designing with Living Systems
Professor Carole Collet , Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures
LVMH-CSM Director of Sustainable innovation
Director Design & Living Systems Lab

12:40 pm: Panel discussion with Kieren Jones, MA Material Futures Course Leader

13:00 pm: Light Lunch networking opportunity
Optional tours around the Some Like It Hot exhibition at the CSM Lethaby Gallery

Part 2: Future Communities

14:00 pm: Studio Weave : Colour and Communities TBC

14.40 pm: Studio Houndstooth: Ludic workshops & community visibility
Jo Pierce, TFRC Researcher, BA Textile Design Pathway Leader Print, CSM

15:00 pm: Home and Belonging Project – collaboration with Crisis Brent
Anne Marr, TFRC Researcher, Course Leader, BA Textile Design, CSM

15:20 pm: Sixth Branch Project – collaboration with The Women of Hebron, Palestine
Linda Florence, TFRC Researcher, Stage 1 Leader, BA Textile Design, CSM

15:40 pm: Artisan Exchange – collaboration with artisans in Arabia
Rebecca Hoyes, TFRC Researcher, Designer and Lecturer, BA Textile Design, CSM

16:00 pm: Panel Discussion with Chryssi Tzanetou, Social Innovation Development, CSM

16:30 pm: End

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