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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The eTextiles Summer Camp 2014 is organized by:
Anja Hertenberger (Exhibition)
Irene Posch (Exhibition)
Shelly De Vito (Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain http://www.moulinspaillard.com )
James Porter (Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain http://www.moulinspaillard.com )
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at info[at]eTextile-summercamp.org