Open Call

The eTextile Summer Camp is a week-long event that brings together expert practitioners from the fields of eTextiles and Soft Circuitry. Gathering in the countryside of france, the camp offers participants space and opportunity to come together professionally and casually to exchange knowledge, share skills through hands-on workshops and engage in discourse around current topics.
This year’s third edition of the eTextile Summer Camp will again be hosted by the wonderful Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes and will take place from July 27th to August 2nd in Poncé sur le Loir, France. We are looking for makers, designers, engineers and artists, who work in the field of eTextiles and soft circuitry to participate.

We are gathering eTextile practitioners such as you, from around the world to participate in this event. We are expecting to host 30 participants. If you would like to participate, please send your completed application form to info[at]eTextile-summercamp.org by April 27th 2014.

Please download the application form from here >> 2014_application_opencall_form
 
Important Details:
Prerequisites:
The eTextile Summer Camp is intended for expert/ experienced eTextile practitioners. If you are interested in eTextiles and seeking an introduction to the field, the content of this event is not suitable for you.

Dedication:
The eTextile Summer Camp only accepts participants who can be present for the whole event (27.07.2014 – 02.08.2014). If you are not able to attend for the full period of time, please mention this in your application.

Fee:
We ask all participants to pay a fee of 200 Euro per person to cover the cost of workshop materials, food and facility for the duration of the camp.

Transport:
All participants are asked to cover their cost of travel to the site themselves. The nearest international airports are in Paris and Tours. From these, you can take a train to Château du Loir or take a train to Le Mans and take a bus to La Chartre sur le Loir. We will arrange a pick-up to Paillard from these points.

Accommodation:
Free accommodation is available in shared dormitory style rooms at the Paillard Centre d’Art, or you can also camp outside in your own tent. If you need more comfortable and private accommodation, you can stay at a B&B near the location at your own cost.
 
Past eTextile Summer Camps:
The first Summer Camp was held in 2011 at the Rydal Design Center in Borås, Sweden. The second edition was held in 2013 at Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes in Poncé sur le Loir, France.
 
Contents/ Activities:
The Summer Camp contains three major activities; Skillshare-Workshops, Discussion-Sessions, and Group-Projects.
The Skillshare-Workshops are opportunities for participants share their skills through hands-on workshops. We will make a survey of all the participants prior to the event, asking which skills you would like to share, and which skills you want to learn. According to the answers we get, we will decide on the Skillshare-Workshop topics.
Every year the eTextile Summer Camp hosts Discussion-Sessions around select topics (2011: Documentation, 2013: Soft and Slow, 2014: Beyond Kitsch). Texts, presentations and even performances are used to open these sessions and spark discussion on the topic.
Summer Camp also dedicates time to Group-Projects. Providing opportunity for participants to work together on projects of their choice. Participants divide themselves into small groups to work on a collaborative project which is presented on the last day. Group-Projects have ranged from research experiments to performances, installations and crafted artifacts.

Location:
Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes is located in Poncé sur le Loir, a small village at the entrance of the Loire Valley, 214 km from Paris. The historic site of the Moulins de Paillard, an 18th century paper mill, returns to the creativity and the innovation of the industrial revolution thanks to a contemporary arts centre and its program of expositions and performances. www.moulinspaillard.com


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Dates and Schedule:

The Summer Camp is scheduled to be held from July 27th (Sunday) to August 2nd (Saturday).
The first day (27th) is the day to arrive at the Paillard. We will arrange a small welcome dinner in the evening. Skillshare-Workshops and Group-Projects will start form the 28th morning and last until August 1st. We will plan a closing event on the 1st evening, where all participants will present the final outcome of their Group-Projects developed during the summer camp. Participants will start their journey back home on August 2nd  morning.
 
Accommodation:

The accommodation we can provide is very basic. It will be shared dormitories (4-7 person in one room) with shared bathrooms. If you prefer to have more comfortable accommodations, there are B&Bs near the location for a reasonable price, where you can stay at your own cost. Please let us know if you prefer this option. We will provide you with a list of B&Bs near the location.
 
The eTextiles Summer Camp 2014 is organized by:

Mika Satomi (KOBAKANT, www.kobakant.at)

Hannah Perner-Wilson (KOBAKANT, www.kobakant.at )

Meg Grant (www.meggrant.com )

Shelly De Vito (Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain http://www.moulinspaillard.com )

James Porter (Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain http://www.moulinspaillard.com )

 
Contact:
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at info[at]eTextile-summercamp.org