During the past week, I had the pleasure of attending the 18th European Textile Network (ETN) held at the Borås Textile Fashion Centre. Our Spiral Textile exhibition space was located adjacent to the main auditorium. We had great attendance and many favorable comments. I also gave a presentation about the project during the Networking Session.
One side of the exhibition displayed 45 samples received from project participants. The reverse side included 42 works created by students at Hetzendorf Palace Fashion School in Vienna, Austria. The students were challenged to use the spiral design as an inspiration to create silk screen prints.
The conference venue was impressive and inspirational. The Borås Textile Fashion Centre houses the Swedish Textile Museum and the Swedish School of Textiles. The institution is an internationally renowned center for textile innovation in fashion and design and includes a Smart Textiles Lab. As the center of the Swedish textile industry, Borås is a charming town that bustles with energy. It is a must-see location for textile tourists.
ETN’s goal is to present a global perspective of the different textile practices and their interactions with a special focus on sustainable creativity and innovation in textile art and design. ETN was established in 1993 to bring together cultural producers (artists, designers, craft people, authors etc.), cultural heritage institutions (museums, archives, libraries etc.), lecturers, researchers and textile enthusiasts in order to promote the exchange of information and experiences, to encourage cooperation in projects, and to arrange meetings. For more information, visit ETN’s website.
The next ETN conference will be held in Haslach, Austria in July 2019.