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.
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.
FUNDED OPPORTUNITY FOR DESIGNERS / MAKERS
The Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and its department LIT School of Art & Design are Irish partners in FUSION. They are looking for two designers/makers based in Ireland with experience in fashion or textiles to participate in this international partnership project which will run from April 2020 to April 2021. It is a paid project for professional designers/makers and requires international travel.
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).
- 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.
FUSION MASTERCLASSES, RESIDENCY & WORKSHOP
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.
Full details and application procedure are available on the LIT website here. The deadline to apply is midnight on 22nd January 2020.