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Funded Opportunity for Fashion or Textile Designers/Makers

Released

16 December 2019

We’re looking for two designers/makers based in Ireland with experience in fashion or textiles to participate in an international partnership project, funded by Creative Europe, called FUSION.

FUSION will offer participants training in digital fabrication skills and co-designing methodologies towards the development of bespoke products, across fashion, textiles and wearables for active ageing citizens.

The programme is developed in two rounds:

1st round - Two participants from each partner country will attend a series of masterclasses in Ireland, UK, Portugal and Italy The participants will learn co-designing principles, digital fabrication skills, product and business development.

2nd round - One of the participants will be selected to attend a two-week residency at another partner country (UK, Italy or Portugal) in a facility with access to digital fabrication tools (University, Fab Lab or Makerspace) to apply their skills towards product development for active ageing solutions.

On successful completion of the residency, the participants will have the opportunity to publicly exhibit to a European audience (Location and dates tbc).

What is FUSION?

FUSION (Fashion Up-Skilling; Innovation Open Network) is an international partnership project, funded by Creative Europe, that will offer designers/makers training in digital fabrication skills and co-designing methodologies towards the development of bespoke products, across fashion, textiles and wearables for active ageing citizens. Active ageing aims to extend healthy life expectancy and quality of life for all people as they age.

Through a series of masterclasses, a short residency programme, networking events, a seminar, exhibition, thematic research mapping and the development of a business toolkit, the project aims to:

  • Increase access to digital fabrication technologies for fashion and textile designers and makers
  • Enrich professional capacities in digital fabrication and co-designing with active ageing citizens 
  • Open new business opportunities for the design and craft sector
  • Develop new business models for creative enterprises interested in cross-sector  innovation within fashion and textiles

This is a unique opportunity for designers/makers with ambition to learn new skills, combining digital fabrication technologies with traditional skills in textiles and fashion and to expand their professional capacities in user testing and co-designing with users.

More about the project

The project will run from April 2020 to April 2021. It is a paid project for professional designers/makers and requires international travel.

FUSION is delivered by four international partners: - Limerick School of Art & Design (Ireland), Crafts Council (UK), Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave (Portugal) and Fondazione Santagata per L’Economia della Cultura (Italy) with the support of expert partners: DESIGN FACTORS (Ireland), Sligo IT (Ireland), Fab Lab Barcelona (Spain) and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

Initially, each partner country will select two designers/makers who will be required to attend 4 masterclasses (April 2020 – May 2020). Each masterclass will last two days in four partner countries:

  • Masterclass 1 led by Limerick School of Art & Design and DESIGN FACTORS, University of Limerick will focus on co-design, collaboration and active ageing skills (1-2 April, Limerick, Ireland)
  • Masterclass 2 led by Fab Lab Barcelona will focus on the practical application of digital fabrication technologies (30 April – 1 May, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Masterclass 3 led by the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave will focus on product design and development (7-8 May, Barcelos, Portugal)
  • Masterclass 4 led by the Crafts Council (UK) will focus on business skills and enterprise development (18-19 May, London, UK)

Please note the masterclass schedule is indicative and the exact dates will be confirmed in the new year.

Following attendance to masterclasses and submission of successful proposal, one participant from each partner country will be given the opportunity to;

  • Avail of 1 two-week residency in a partner country between 5 October 2020 – 5 December 2020 (exact dates tbc) in a facility with access to digital fabrication tools in either Barcelos, Portugal (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave), Turin, Italy (host venue tbc) or  the UK (host venue tbc).
  • Deliver a public-facing workshop for other designers/makers as part of their residency

All participants will be paid €1200 (€100/day) to attend the masterclasses (4 masterclasses in total) and the selected artist in residence will be paid €2500 (€250/day) for the two-week residency (10 days). Travel, accommodation, materials, technical support, mentoring and access to specialist facilities will also be provided by FUSION.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for applications from professional designers / makers with;

  • A minimum 3 years of professional experience in the fashion or textile fields and practical skills in any of the associated disciplines (textiles, fashion design, weaving, embroidery, knitting, accessories, leather, paper, printing) or similar
  • Demonstrable interest in digital fabrication technologies - experience in digital fabrication is not necessary, but a curious attitude and ambition to experiment and innovate using new technologies is essential.
  • Availability to travel on the proposed dates for the masterclasses and two continuous weeks between 5 October - 5 December 2020.

Additionally, successful candidates  will be expected to:

  • Work collaboratively, be open in their approach, generous in exchanging information with peers and the project partners,
  • Present their work clearly and support the partners to communicate the project activities beyond specialist sectors, online and on social media,
  • Act as advocates for the project, the partner organisations and the role of craft, new technologies and innovation in improving active ageing.
Commitments

Selected participants will be expected to:

  • Attend and participate in all 4 master classes
  • Prepare application and compete to gain place in residency
  • Residency Participants must create a body of work that can be exhibited publicly
Eligibility

Applicants must be based in Ireland and legally entitled to travel within Ireland  and the other participating European countries for the full period of the programme (April 2020 to April 2021).

Application Process

Please read all the supporting information and send the following to michael.mclaughlin@lit.ie with ‘FUSION application’ in the subject line by midnight (GMT) 22 January 2020.

  • CV in PDF format (max 2 x A4 pages)
  • Cover Letter describing relevant experience, training, education and your interest and ambitions in the project, particularly how you hope participating will contribute to your professional development (500 words)
  • Portfolio - PDF with up to 4 examples of recent projects with high quality images, relevant links and descriptions
  • Complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.

 

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The FUSION partners are committed to promoting and celebrating diversity. We particularly encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in contemporary craft and design, including disabled applicants and applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

We guarantee to interview any disabled applicant, and/or any applicant who identifies as BAME, whose application meets the criteria.

If you wish to apply under the scheme, please indicate this in the body of the email when you send us your application.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by Limerick School of Art & Design staff for shortlisting.

We will be holding online interviews during February (date tbc) via Zoom.

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FAQs

Q. What is FUSION?

A. FUSION is an international partnership project, funded by Creative Europe, delivered by four international partners: Limerick School of Art & Design (Ireland), Crafts Council (UK), Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave (Portugal) and Fondazione Santagata per L’Economia della Cultura (Italy) with the support of expert partners: DESIGN FACTORS (Ireland), Sligo IT (Ireland), Fab Lab Barcelona (Spain) and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. Comprising a series of masterclasses, a short residency programme, networking events, a seminar, exhibition, thematic research mapping and the development of a business toolkit, the project aims to offer designers/makers training in digital fabrication skills and co-designing methodologies towards the development of bespoke products, across fashion, textiles and wearables for active ageing citizens. Active ageing aims to extend healthy life expectancy and quality of life for all people as they age.

Q. Who is FUSION for?

A. The masterclasses and residency programme of FUSION is aimed at professional designers / makers with experience in the fashion or textile fields with ambition to learn new skills, combining digital fabrication technologies with traditional skills in textiles and fashion and to expand their professional capacities in user testing and co-designing with users.

Q. Where will FUSION take place?

A. The four masterclasses will take place in Ireland, Spain Portugal and the UK. The residencies will be hosted in facilities with access to digital fabrication tools (University, Fab Lab or Makerspace) in Ireland, Italy, Portugal and the UK.

Q. Can I attend some masterclasses but not take part in the rest of the project?

A. This callout relates to funded participants. Funded participants will be required to attend all masterclasses with a view of preparing a proposal for the residency. There will be an opportunity (without funding) for other individuals to sign up to participate in their chosen masterclass (details will be shared at a later date).

Q. Where can I find more information?

A. If you would like further updates on the FUSION project, please email michael.mclaughlin@lit.ie and request to be added to the mailing list.

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