We started with the etextile Summer camp in 2011, gathering expert etextile practitioners in one place for one week exchanging skills and knowledge through hands-on workshops. Since then we have been gathering annually at the Paillard Centre d’Art in summer. One of the aspect of the Summer Camp is to facilitate personal relationship among the participants, therefore we limit the number of participants to 30. Although this year, we are extending the numbers of events, expanding the size of summer camp is not our goal. We also emphasize the event as an “experts practitioner’s gathering”. This is because there are numbers of introductory workshops offered in many places, but there has not been many opportunities for experts to learn from others.
etextile Summer Camp is organized in a bottom-up, self organized manner. It started simply because we wanted to participate in such an event. None of us are paid to organize this, and we are economically self-sustained without any fundings. This does not mean it is badly organized, but it is not a product or a service that we provide. Every participant is an organizer at the same time.
As we started the event, etextile was rather an uncommon, niche technique that not many people practiced. 6 years later, we noticed it has become an interest for bigger audience. As we can not cater everyone who are interested with the format of the Summer Camp, we are trying out new ways to interact with larger audience this year.