8 textile and fashion students from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Norway joined this years ETT program. The ETT program is collaboration between the Audax Textiel Museum in the Netherlands, the textile industry in Como, Italy and different European schools. It is still a pilot project and this is the third year it has been arranged.
I am a second year student at the textile studies at KHiB and has been lucky to have the opportunity to participate in the ETT program.
We spent 5 weeks at the Audax Textiel Museum in Tilburg. This year’s theme was sustainability, a challenging and important issue in today’s society and in the textile field. One of the first day we where present at the academic opening of the Design Academy of Eindhoven, where the theme was sustainability and among the speakers Michael Braungart, founder of Cradle to Cradle. During the period we also had other lectures on sustainability, useful for an insight in the issue.
The first weeks were spent on technical introductions; we were lucky to get a two days workshop with Jon Pettersen with an introduction to Jaquard weaving and construction. We also had a day with handweaving with Joost Prost to learn more about bindings and possibilities.
7 and a half days were spent in the Textiel Lab during the 5 weeks, working together with the product developers in each area. I got experience from knitting, weaving, laser, digital printing, embroidery and passement. Having the whole Textiel Lab at our disposal made it easier for us to mix different techniques and explore the possibilities in that.
Under are some photos from the Textiel Lab in Tilburg and from the final presentation.