ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / symposiums

17th ETN Conference in LEIDEN, the Netherlands
13 May to 17 May 2015

and the
Textiel Festival 2015 LEIDEN

Excursions to Textielmuseum Tilburg
and to Textil workshops in Amsterdam
Rijswijk Textiel Biennale 2015 (9 May to 27 September)

  train station with different levels        
  around the central station in Leiden   Conference locations:
Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden
2. Hotel Ibis Leiden Centre, Stationsplein 240-242, Leiden
3. Pieterskerk (church), Pieterskerkhof 1a, Leiden

Hotel Golden Tulip, Schipholweg 3, Leiden
Museum Rijswijk, Herenstr. 67, NL-2282 BR Rijswijk
6. TextielMuseum Tilburg, Goirkestraat 96, NL-5046 GN Tilburg
  big parking house in the modern part of Leiden       University in the modern part of Leiden

  There were 2 pre-conference excursions:   one to the Textielmuseum in Tilburg    

The library, a research and inspriation resource
  Introduction by Mr. Errol van de Werdt, Director, and Mrs Geertje Jacobs, Head of Museum Affairs.

The Textiel Museum in Tilburg is a working museum. It brings inspiring exhibitions in the field of design and art and offers educational programs in a former textile factory.
  The TextileLab of the TextileMuseum is a unique knowledge centre that is both a highly specialised workshop for producing experimental knits and woven fabrics as well as an open atelier where innovation can take centre stage.
National and international designers, architects, artists and students are coached by product developers and technical experts
to discover the opportunities in the field, from yarns, to computer-conrolled techniques and handicrafts.
  ancient textil machines on show in the Museum and Exhibition part of the buildings        
  Dutch design burst onto the international stage in the mid 1990s. Designers such as Studio Job, Hella Jongerius and Kild von Eijk experimented with the new design possibilities offerd by computers. Handdrawn sketches have not been abandoned however. The small inaccuracies and personal signature of handcrafted products are highly valued. Besides the interest in craft traditions and the emotional value of objects, recycling and energy efficient production have also gained ground.    
  Founded in 2001 by Job Smeets and his partner Nynke Tynagel, Studio Job - which excels at recycling motifs - transforms images from culture, flora and fauna into busy, iconic textile scenes. Sketches on a computer form the basis. An example is the "Underworld " capet, where humen limbs and fish with monstrous jaws perform a strange dance, like a 21st century nod to Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights".  

Sampler for the outer fabric of a circus tent 2006-2006, by studio JOB
Studio Job's ode to classical damask for table cloth and matching napkins.

  second pre-conference excursion:   to Amsterdam: visit to the Rijksmuseum and to the workshops of 3 artists:    

Visit to 3 workshops
of artists in Amsterdam

Marian Bijlenga lives and works in Amsterdam. From 1977 to 1982 she trained as a textile artist at the Rietveld Academy, and Herman Scholten was an important teacher to her.

She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, most recently "Asia - Europe II" at the Textile Museum, Krefeld, Germany, followed by the Musée Jean Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine d’Angers
Her work has been included in the collections of the Museum of Art & Design, New York; the Craft Museum Finland; The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; the TextielMuseum TilburgNL and the Centraal Museum, Utrecht/NL.

  17th ETN Assembly 2015
in the Hotel Golden Tulip in Leiden

Christina Leitner and Andreas Selzer, both from Textile Center in Haslach
(Austria) would like to replace Beatrijs Sterk at ETN

In 2017 the next ETN meeting will be in Boras, Sweden. It will be organised together with the Nordic Textile Art (NTA).
Here the director of the Textile Museum in Boras: Ulrika Kullenberg presents her centre

Lala de Dios, Christina Leitner and Andreas Selzer
In March 2016 there will be a meeting of Nordic Textile Art (NTA) in Bergen Norway, organised by Nordic Textile Art
Textiles Education and Research in Europe

After an internationat meeting of people involved in Textiles Education, held in Kehl, Germany, 1990, the main delegates from the European countries present met in Göteborg Sweden in 1991 to discuss the formation of a new European Association of Textile Teachers. At this conference we defined the national and international differences and similarities among various sectors of textiles education. During the 1992 conference in Helsinki we decided to adopt the name TEXERE, Since then we have met at a Conference ar Annual General Meeting each year in countries all over Europe but in more recent years every other year.

In 2007 during the ETN conference in London we became a Textiles Education Working Group within ETN and also took part in the ETN conference in Haslach, Austria. As a result we have become a worldwide organization.

During the conferences we not only had presentations and exhibitions about textiles education and research but we have also visited educational establishments at every level, from primary schools to universities. Visits have also been made to textiles museums and factories to experience the historical development of the textiles industry around Europe as well the latest developments in textiles production. The networking between delegates during these meetings has resulted in exchanges of teachers and students at every level, through European funded schemes such as Comenius, Lingua, Erasmus and Leonardo. Other teacher and student exchanges and vislts have been organized privately through individual establishments and many international long lasting friendships have resulted.
Patricia Christie
talking about the future of Texere

  17th ETN conference
in the Rijksmuseum in Leiden

and about 2 of the many interesting lectures

  Hebe Verstappen, head TextielLab at the TextielMuseum Tilburg: The TextielLab, a laboratory for research and experiments at the Dutch TextielMuseum
Hebe Verstappen graduated in textile design at the Fontys Academy of Fine Art in Tilburg. In 2000 she started working as a freelance textile designer; from on 2002 she was working for the Belgium linen weaving mill Deltracom Bvba and was lecturer at the St Lucas Academy in Ghent. Since 2009 she has been working as staff member and since 2012 as the Head of the TextielLab of the Tilburg TextielMuseum. She is responsible for the artistic, creative and educative aims of this working place, overlooking its vision and management and initiating & selecting new projects to support this vision. She is making the links between designers, companies and the possibilities the TextielLab has to offer, thus promoting the name (and fame) of the Lab and the Museum in the Netherlands and abroad.
  The `beating heart`of the Dutch TextielMuseum is the TextielLab, a working place for research and experiments, in-between a specialised workshop and a laboratory for producing woven and knitted fabrics, prints, embroideries, tufted works and passementerie.

Here designers, artists, students and companies from the Netherlands and from Europe, are assisted by project developers and technical experts to discover the endless possibilities in the exploration of yarns, computer-controlled techniques and handcraft. This can be done in commission by the designer, the artist or student but also upon the initiative of the museum or by other commissioners.
The results of this production in the form of collection-commissions, but also the ´independent`projects created at the TextielLab, are shown in exhibitions or are added to the collection.
  The TextielLab is that special place in the Netherlands and in Europe where innovative prototypes and autonomous textiles are produced for a high-end market segment.
The collection, the extensive library, the sample and materials database, together with the educative programme are offering an important source of knowledge and inspiration to the visitors of the museum and to the users of the TextielLab.

All this together makes the TextielMuseum more than a ´classical`museum. It is building bridges between caring, showing and making. It is making a conscious step from cultural heritage and old craft traditions to innovation for the future.
  3D Printed Fashion: From the Computer to the Catwalk, Joris Debo, creative director, company Materialise

Joris Debo is the Creative Director of Materialise, a leading provider of additive manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D printing services. He previously held the same post for Materialise’s consumer goods division, MGX by Materialise, which features a line of design products that is currently exported to over 20 countries worldwide; has received many awards, including Good Design and Red Dot Design Awards; is featured in numerous international museums, including the MoMA and Metropolitan museum of arts in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris; and regularly appears in top design and decor publications such as: Icon, Surface Magazine, Elle Decor and Vogue Living.

  Over the course of the years Joris has built up a unique knowledge of 3D Printing for the art, design and fashion world and has worked closely with a number of leading artists and designers, helping them bring their visions successfully to life. As such, he has been at the forefront of many innovations in this industry. Joris holds a Masters degree in industrial design and has shared his passion for 3D Printing by speaking at Pratt Institute, Harvard, Parsons, Columbia university, MAD, and more.
Joris is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of clothing and accessories brand Revisited.
  Since Iris van Herpen’s first 3D printed piece took to the catwalk in 2011, a growing number of tech-savvy designers, fashion graduates and even a few high street labels have started to embrace the technology. When fashion and 3D Printing combine, the results have managed to capture the public’s imagination and spark conversation, but little is known about the process and challenges leading up to the big reveal. With this presentation, the aim is to give you a look behind the curtain of 3D printed fashion and show how designs by the likes of Iris van Herpen, Anouk Wipprecht, threeASFOUR, Studio XO and more are “materialised” using this incredible technology.

      ......................................................................Company Materialise


Visits of the Leiden Textiel Festival on 15 May
As all of Leiden's inner city was full of textile exhibitions, it was possible to visit the different venues freely, between 13 and 16 May 2015, with the Pieterskerk (venue 3) as its central point.

In more than 40 exhibitions the whole downtown Leiden will show textile, as art, crafts or as a leisure activity. Directly at the train station the Tourist office will hold a textile route map available.
Nathalie Muller, "Huisje"
  Visit to the Rijswijk Museum: Rijswijk Textile Biennial on 15 May
Museum Rijsmijk, Herenstgraat 67,
NL-2282 BRRijswijk
Rijswijk Textile Biennial with an Indonesian “Rijsttafel” (rice table) buffet and a glas of wine.

On Sunday 13 September 2015 from 1 to 5pm there will be a big textile fair in the forcourt of the museum and in the Old church opposite the museum.

An illustrated, full-colour and bilingual (Dutch/English) catalogue of the works of participating artists is accompanying the Textile Biennial. Author: Frank van der Ploeg
ISBN: 978-90-821807-3-2 at Euro 19.75
  Museum Rijswijk is showing textile artworks by nineteen international artists. Apart from the great diversity of textiles and applications there are also conspicuously common threads among the participants this year. The most important one? All the submitted works provide material for thought and reflection.
Textile inherently appeals to the touch. Sensations and associations are evoked at the touch and sight of particular fabrics. Vintage clothes and hand-crafted pieces, that only a couple of generations ago were made in every household, conjure up memeories of particular people or times.
  Making one's own clothes, embroidery and knitting are no longer a natural part of daily household tasks and techniques are being forgotten. This is not the case for the nineteen international artists of this 4th Rijswijk Textile Biennial. Vintage textile, wool, embroidery floss and flax are used in combination with techniques such as weaving, cross-stitching and kinitting to conjure up loving memories, melancholy or even alienation throuh a comtemporary idiom.

Raija Jokinen

Rebecca Ringquist
All artists:

Caroline Bartlett (UK), Monica Bohlmann (DE), Ying Chew (AUS), Chiachio & Giannone (ARG), Ane Henriksen (DK),
Raija Jokinen (FI), Katie Lewis (USA), Ruben Marroquin (USA), Amanda McCavour (CA), Caitlin McCormack (USA), Derick Melander (USA), Stephanie Metz (USA),
Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis (NL), Henrique van Putten (NL), Rebecca Ringquist (USA),
Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson (SE), Debra M. Smith (USA), Kari Steihaug (NO), Mai Tabakian (FR)

  Impressions of the old town of Leiden        

  Hortus botanicus        



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