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 fifth 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 22nd to 30th, 2016 in Poncé sur le Loir, France.

This year’s open call is closed already.

Please note that the eTextile Summer Camp is not a summer school. The emphasis on this event is the knowledge exchange among the expert practitioners. If you are just stepping into the field and would like to get more introduction to techniques, this is not the right event for you.
As we try to keep the intimate atmosphere at the event, we try to keep the number of participants in small size so we can really get to know each other. When we have more application than our capacity at the camp, we run the jury selection process.

All the applicants will receive the email from the organization team to confirm their submission on the April 21st. If you do not receive an email by the April 22nd, please contact info[at]
The selection process will take place for about 1 week. You will get the confirmation on the participation by the April 30th.

Important Details:
Jury selection:
Open call participants of the eTextile Summer Camp will be selected through the jury process. The selection will be made by jury members outside of the organization team, and they will be making decisions based on your experiences and kind of works you do. Please make sure to include the links to your works to demonstrate your expertise.

The eTextile Summer Camp only accepts participants who can be present for the whole event (22.07.2016 – 30.07.2016). If you are not able to attend for the full period of time, please mention this in your application.

We ask all the participants to pay a fee of 200 Euro per person to cover the cost of materials, food and facility for the duration of the camp.
Please note that the summer camp is not a commercial event and organisation team is not taking any money from your fee. Your fee will be directly going into buying materials, food and drinks and facility cost.

Dates and Schedule:

The Summer Camp is scheduled to be held from July 22nd (Friday) to 30th (Saturday).
The first day (22nd) is the day to arrive at the Paillard. The main activities will start form the morning of 23rd and last until the July 29th including one day off on the 26th for free activity. Participants will start their journey back home on the July 30th morning.

All the 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 Vendome TGV station, 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.

Free accommodation is available in shared dormitory style rooms at the Paillard Centre d’Art. 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.

Contents/ Activities:
This year, the main activities of the summer camp will be the focus group projects, together with skill-share workshops in the beginning and discussion sessions in the evenings.
Participants are asked to join one of the Focus Groups according to their interest in the themes. The activity within the group vary from project developments, open experiments and discussion sessions. The groups start their activity planning before the summer camp start so they can jump into the hands-on activities when they meet at the summer camp. You can find the documentations of the 2015 focus group projects as an example.
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 selected topics (2011: Documentation, 2013: Soft and Slow, 2014: Beyond Kitsch, 2015: Geek out!). Texts, presentations and even performances are used to open these sessions and spark discussion on the topic.

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.

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The eTextiles Summer Camp 2016 is organized by:

Mika Satomi (KOBAKANT,
Pauline Vierne (
Ingo Randolf (
Shelly De Vito (Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain )

James Porter (Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain )

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at