eTextiles Summer Camp is a five days event that brings together expert practitioners of eTextiles and Soft Circuitry in one place to share their knowledge and skills through hands-on workshops, and facilitate discussions around their practices. The first Summer Camp was held in 2011 in Borås Sweden, with 20 experts (http://stdl.se/summercamp/). This year, we are planning the second edition of the eTextiles Summer Camp from 17th to 21st of July in Paillard France, hosted by Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes (http://moulinsdepaillard.com/).
The E-textile Summer Camp’s 2013 theme will be “Soft + Slow Electronics”. Many of us as engineers, designers and artists are working with soft materials such as textiles and paper, exploring the potential of soft, malleable and flexible electronics. Our practices often involve techniques that require intensive hand work, often resulting in long production processes. Some of the techniques we employ are almost archaic, but because we see value in making our own materials in our own ways, old-fashioned and slow techniques often come into play. We propose to see these practices as “slow”, rather than “time consuming”.
In today’s society “slowness” has gained positive connotation and acknowledgement through movements like Slow Food, Slow Cities and Slow Design Principles. These movements not only embrace the amounts of physical time consumed in a process, but also the social and cultural impacts resulting from slow processes.
During the Summer Camp, we propose a celebration of slowness within soft electronics practices. We will look at techniques that take time to master and accomplish with skill, such as weaving, paper making, origami folding, pleating, embroidery, crochet,block printing and so on. Together we will explore what values slowness adds to our practices, and what values our practices contribute to society.
Summer Camp contains three major activities; Skillshare Workshops, Discussions, and Group Projects. The Skillshare Workshops are where the participants teach their skills to others in hands-on workshops. We will make a survey to all the participants prior to the event, asking which skills you want to share and which skills you want to learn. According to the answers we get, we will arrange mini workshops for the first 2 days. The discussion session will be held each evening to discuss topics related to our practice and the theme. The last 2 days will be dedicated to work on group projects. We will divide the participants into small groups to work on a collaborative project which reflect the theme.