Innovation: reThink @ Audax Textielmuseum, Holland

Wanting to address issues of sustainability surrounding the textile industry, the Audax Textielmuseum in Tilburg, Holland is hosting part exhibition/part laboratory at their reTHINK! Event.

What is interesting about this latest event, considering cradle-to-cradle and sustainability issues within the textiles arena, is that it is promoting young designers such as Kate Goldsworthy and Suzanne Lee, who are renowned for working in this area  alongside those developments found in commercial industry.

Clothing made from recycled polyester, and a chair made from resin and flax fibers are a few of the things on display alongside a necklace made from nettle, a one-sheep sweater and yarns based on seaweed and potatoes. Spanning through fashion and interiors the exhibition considers issues on a suggested, poetic and very real level.

“reTHINK! demonstrates the urge for collaboration between designers, textile companies, technicians and scientists,” says Suzan Russeler, curator European textile design at the Textielmuseum. The exhibition is divided into four themes reflecting the textile design process from basic materials, design and production, dyeing and printing and finally upcycing/recycling.

For each of these areas conceptual projects are exhibited alongside commercial products that could influence mass production

One example is from Atelier NL who investigated new raw materials to use in creating yarns to include potato, peanuts and seaweed. While Mischer’traxler’s solar powered machine produces textile objects by pulling yarn through a dye and glue bath and then winds it around a mould of a chair or a lamp. Depending on the amount of sunlight available for the process the color and the thickness of the objects is adjusted.

Taking a more poetic approach to upcycling is The Wallpaper Dress, which explores issues such as emotional and durable design.

The exhibition reTHINK! can be seen from September 25, 2010 until January 30, 2011 in Audax Textile Museum Tilburg.

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