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 fourth 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 26th to August 1st, 2015 in Poncé sur le Loir, France.

If you like to apply for the 2015 eTextile Summer Camp, Please fill in the form below by the April 30th. Please note that we will not accept any late applications after the April 30th.
Application Form

All the applicants will receive the email from the organization team to confirm their submission on the May 1st. If you do not receive an email by the May 2nd, please contact info[at]
The selection process will take place for about 1 week. You will get the confirmation on the participation by the May 10th.

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 (26.07.2015 – 01.08.2015). 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 workshop materials, food and facility for the duration of the camp.
Please note that the summer camp is not a commercial event and organization 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 26th (Sunday) to August 1st (Saturday).
The first day (26th) is the day to arrive at the Paillard. We will arrange a small welcome dinner in the evening. The main activities will start form the 27th morning and last until the July 31st. We will plan a closing event on the 31st 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 1st 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 Château du Loir, Vendome TGV 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, 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 and the third edition was held in 2013 at Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes in Poncé sur le Loir, France.

Contents/ Activities:
We will be restructuring the activities of the summer camp this year, though it will include some amount of 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.

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 2014 is organized by:

Mika Satomi (KOBAKANT,

Hannah Perner-Wilson (KOBAKANT, )

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