FUSION (Fashion Up-Skilling; Innovation Open Network) is an international partnership project, funded by Creative Europe, that is offering designers/makers the opportunity to engage with digital fabrication tools.
During two weeks in February 2022, the two UK-based participating designers/makers will be in residence at Makerversity, prototyping and developing 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 creative business toolkit, the FUSION 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
Ariane Fourquier is a weaver and researcher. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art, exploring the new notion of “emotionally intelligent textiles’. She was awarded the Clothworkers’ Company of Weavers and Cockpit Arts Award (2019), London’s first business incubator for makers. She was shortlisted as one of twelve finalists for the Helen Hamlyn Award for Healthcare and Design for her MA research on PTSD related to sexual violence against anyone who identify as women. Her extensive knowledge on touch and its role on trauma’s sequelae led her to connect with the Craft Council Innovation team who invited her to speak at the conference Touch: a reflection on Making (2020).
Find out more about Ariane here
Joanna Vanderpuije is a London based designer specialising in silk-screenprinted, progressive-luxury textiles, accessories and womenswear. Her textiles evolve from her hand drawings, paintings and mixed media. Trained at Central St.Martins she gained experience working for international fashion houses in New York, Scandinavia and Europe. Her signature style is noted by the use of vivid colours, fresh playful screenprints and relevant innovative design. Her latest accessory collection is hand stitched and champions a love of colour and respect of craft. Each creation is unique to the owner and a work of functional art to cherish and use.
Find out more about Joanna here
FUSION is delivered by four international partners:
Limerick School of Art & Design (Ireland) – Lead Partner
Crafts Council (UK) – Leading on Creative Business
Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave (Portugal) – Leading on Product Development
Fondazione Santagata per L’Economia della Cultura (Italy) – Leading on Research (Access to Digital Fabrication Tools)
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
DESIGN FACTORS (University of Limerick)
Fab Lab Limerick (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Fab Lab Barcelona (Spain)
Host Venue Partners:
Santa Chiara Lab (University of Sienna, Italy)
The Crafts Council (UK) is the country’s foremost authority on contemporary craft in all its forms. Founded in 1971, its role as guardian and champion of national craft practice has evolved to include exploring and enabling new possibilities, making methods and technologies. Its work is made possible by the support of trusts and foundations, individual patrons, and corporate sponsors, and through public funding by Arts Council England. www.craftscouncil.org.uk
Craft business skills and innovation
The craft business skills team work with a wide range of experts to provide makers with information and advice to enable their businesses to flourish. Our innovation programme collaborates with cultural, academic and industrial partners to give makers access to new materials and innovative technologies and inspire them to push the boundaries of their practice.