NEWS & EVENTS

MAY 2017 // INTERVIEW IN ELSEVIER

This month, Elsevier Magazine published an interview on wearable technology with Pauline van Dongen (in Dutch): "Wearable technology can do more than only measuring and tracking. It has the potential to change the way we perceive the world around us". Curious about the entire interview? Click the image below:



MAY 2017 // WEAR SUSTAIN: OPEN CALLS

WEAR Sustain is a European consortium motivated to change the electronics and technology industry and supply-chain, but also the fashion and textiles industries, and how they make their products. It wants these industries to stop harming the environment, surveilling on customers and users, and aims to generally contribute to better ways of doing things for the benefit of society. Numerous technology companies and startups are working to make the next wearable device or application for body data tracking. WEAR Sustain believes it is timely and urgent that critical awareness is raised around the use and deployment of wearable devices, and that their users become more aware and educated about the critical side of developing wearable technologies, electronic textiles and smart fashion, as well as the related dimensions of aesthetics, sustainability, and environmental impacts. The development of wearable technology will further increase the quantity and the diversity of this data. What drives those who initiated WEAR Sustain is: to contribute to innovation with a purpose, with a soul and aim to build a network of like-minded pioneers. WEAR Sustain invites artists, designers and creative people of all forms to work with technologists to submit grant proposals to design an ethical, sustainable, environmental, and aesthetic wearable device or smart/e-textiles project. For more information about the calls and application procedure visit: http://wearsustain.eu/open-calls/how-to-apply/

MAY 2017 // OUT NOW: MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE

The book Memories of the Future: On Countervision edited by Stephen Wilson and Deborah Jaffé is now available for purchase through the publisher's website: https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/47087. The book speculates on the connections between memory and futurity in fields such as counter-histories, women’s studies, science fiction, art and design, technology, philosophy and politics. It includes the article 'From Hardware to Softwear: The Future Memories of Techno-Fashion' by Crafting Wearables' team members Lianne Toussaint and Anneke Smelik.





MARCH 2017 // OPEN ACCESS ARTICLES

Good news: two of our latest articles are now available as open access publications! The article 'Memory and Materiality in Hussein Chalayan's Techno-Fashion' written by Lianne Toussaint and Anneke Smelik can be downloaded here. The article 'Solar Fashion: An Embodied Approach to Wearable Technology' authored by Anneke Smelik, Lianne Toussaint, and Pauline van Dongen can be read and downloaded here. Enjoy the read!

MARCH 2017 // INVITATION: BOOK PRESENTATION FROM DELFT BLUE TO DENIM BLUE

On Thursday March 16 the very first copies of the book Delft Blue to Denim Blue: Contemporary Dutch Fashion will be presented. This book presents the results of a five-year research project by Radboud University, ArtEZ, Saxion Hogescholen and University of Amsterdam, financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The dynamics of identity in a constantly changing globalised world is a central theme. The book will be presented at the end of the Studium Generale programme ‘Lost in Transition. Identity in a changing world’ in the Auditorium of Rozet, Kortestraat 16 in Arnhem. For more information about the workshops and lectures of the Studium Generale, see: http://studiumgenerale.artez.nl/.

The book presentation will start at 17.15h with a short presentation by Professor Anneke Smelik (Radboud University), the editor of the book. The first copies of the book will be offered to Nishant Shah (Dean Graduate School ArtEZ) and Lucie Huiskens (research- and innovation network CLICKNL|NextFashion). You are warmly invited to join the book presentation. Please confirm your attendance before March 7 by sending an email to: info@modelectoraat.nl. For more information about the book, please download the flyer below:



FEBRUARY 2017 // BOOK: FROM DELFT BLUE TO DENIM BLUE

Coming soon! The book Delft Blue to Denim Blue. Contemporary Dutch Fashion will be published in February 2017. The book also features a chapter on cybercouture by Anneke Smelik.

From retail to cybercouture Delft Blue to Denim Blue explores the landscape of Dutch fashion in all its rich variety and complexity. Luxuriously illustrated in colour, the book uncovers the cultural roots of Dutch fashion in a globalized context. The authors debunk myths surrounding Dutch fashion, dig up new facts and stories, and explore the creative relation of fashion design to cultural heritage. Written by experts in the field, Delft Blue to Denim Blue gives a thorough overview of designers, ranging from G-Star jeans, and affordable retailer C&A, to a savvy brand like Vanilia, and from the famous designer duo Viktor&Rolf to a futuristic designer like Iris van Herpen. The book assesses the diversity of Dutch fashion designers, firms and brands in their historical and cultural contexts. Click on the image below to download the flyer:



JANUARY 2017 // BOOK: MATERIALIZING MEMORY

Materializing Memory in Art and Popular Culture is out now! "Memory matters. It matters because memory brings the past into the present, and opens it up to the future. But it also matters literally, because memory is mediated materially. Materiality is the stuff of memory. Meaningful objects that we love (or hate) function not only as aide-mémoire but are integral to memory. Drawing on previous scholarship on the interrelation of memory and materiality, this book applies recent theories of new materialism to explore the material dimension of memory in art and popular culture". The book is edited by László Muntéan, Liedeke Plate, and Anneke Smelik, and includes an article by Lianne Toussaint and Anneke Smelik on 'Memory and Materiality in Hussein Chalayan’s Techno-Fashion'. For more information and to purchase the book click here.




23 JANUARY 2017 // MODEFABRIEK MASTERCLASS ON WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

The 23rd of January, Pauline van Dongen and Anne Marie Commandeur (Stijlinstituut) held a masterclass at Modefabriek. They shared their experienced views on wearable technology: its relation to the body, its relation to fashion, and what to expect in the (near) future. For more information about the content of the masterclass see Pauline's report of the event.

5 JANUARY 2017 // PAULINE VAN DONGEN @ CES 2017, LAS VEGAS

Pauline van Dongen attended this year's CES and shares her experience of the event, as well as her vision of the future of wearable technology, on her website: "Being the largest electronic show and conference, you can easily start to feel lost when walking through immense halls filled with the newest gadgets, smart systems, AR experience, robots and AI enabled products. But when you close your eyes slightly and use your lashes to filter out the madness, you will be able to see larger trends and point out the direction where all these technological developments are heading". read more

OCTOBER 2016 // ARTICLE IN IJ OF FASHION STUDIES

The October 2016 issue of The International Journal of Fashion Studies features the open access article 'Solar fashion: An embodied approach to wearable technology', written by Crafting Wearables members Anneke Smelik, Lianne Toussaint, and Pauline van Dongen. Using Pauline's ‘Wearable Solar’ project as a case study, we argue that materiality and embodiment should be taken into account both in the design of and the theoretical reflection on wearable technology: "The relevance of wearable technology for potential future users can only be advanced when new meanings and values are created through interaction with the design. Working through a phenomenologically driven research through design, solar technology is better integrated into fashion so as to make ‘solar fashion’ more wearable in the near future". The article can be downloaded here.


FALL 2016 // WEARABLE AND FASHIONABLE FUTURES

The International Journal of Design (IJDesign) has announced a special issue on 'Wearable and Fashionable Futures': "Technology and fashion are currently undergoing a unique convergence. This is perhaps most evident in the growing attempts at fashion-oriented designs for smart phones and other wearable technology. From a bigger perspective, we can see that two broad design domains are beginning to mix: the domain of technology, electronics, product and interaction design and the domain of wearables, clothing, textile and fashion design. (...) The field of Fashionable and Wearable Interaction is indeed emerging—and in many different directions, with different definitions, different models, different implementations. This special issue of the International Journal of Design aims to reflect on the status quo and to find new paths toward a maturity in this area of research. We are seeking high-quality, original papers that address conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and practical issues of designing for fashionable interaction—papers that will serve to enhance the overall body of design knowledge that bridges these different disciplines". The full call for papers and author guidelines can be found at: http://www.ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/ijdesign/announcement. Full papers are due on Nov. 1, 2016.

SEPTEMBER 2016 // DESIGN & EMOTION CONFERENCE

Pauline van Dongen will hold a keynote speech at the closing ceremony of the international Desing and Emotion conference on September the 30th. The D&E 2016 Conference is annually organized by The Design & Emotion Society in Amsterdam. The three days event brings practitioners, researchers and industry leaders together to exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion. For registration and more information visit http://www.de2016.org.

 

14 SEPTEMBER 2016 // FoA ACADEMY

On September 14, the next FoA Academy will take place in the Salon of Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. FoA. Academy is a platform for young intellectuals established by fashion label First of August to connect fashion, cultures and social trends to sociological insights. By organizing lecture evenings young researchers can share their interesting research projects and a more in-depth perspective on fashion and style will be explored. During this 6th edition of the Academy Lianne Toussaint (Crafting Wearables) will speak about the relation between wearable technology and the body. What is the difference between using and wearing technology? How does the integration of fashion and technology affect our physical relation to clothing? For more information about the programme (in Dutch) and tickets: http://stadsschouwburgamsterdam.nl/voorstellingen/11195-foa-academy.




APRIL 2016 // EDUCATIONAL TV SHOW ON SMART CLOTHING

The Dutch tv program 'Het Klokhuis' (Dutch for 'apple core'), an educational show aimed at children and early teenagers, dedicated an entire broadcast to smart clothing. The broadcast focused on Pauline van Dongen's work, using her designs with solar technology, LED lights, and sensors as illustrative examples:

 

MARCH 2016 // ARTICLE 'SMART CLOTHING MAKING ITS WAY TO THE MARKET'

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) that funds Crafting Wearables, published an article on some of our preliminary results on its website. The article focuses on Pauline van Dongen's research through design method, and the importance of bridging the gap between the realm of technology and the world of textiles. Read the full article here (in Dutch).

NOVEMBER 2015 // BOOK RELEASE THINKING THROUGH FASHION

At the end of October, publisher I.B. Tauris released Thinking Through Fashion: A Guide to Key Theorists, a book co-edited by Crafting Wearables' project coordinator Anneke Smelik. Thinking Through Fashion is the first book designed to accompany readers through the process of thinking through fashion. It aims to help them grasp both the relevance of social and cultural theory to fashion, dress, and material culture and, conversely, the relevance of those fields to social and cultural theory. It does so by offering a guide through the work of selected major thinkers, introducing their concepts and ideas. Click here for more information or to order the book.

15 SEPTEMBER 2015 // DESIGNING FOR THE MINISTER OF CULTURE AND EDUCATION

Several members of our research team from the Technical University in Eindhoven were involved in designing a hi-tech outfit for Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Culture and Education. Bussemaker proudly wore the outfit during King Willem-Alexander's Speech of the Throne for 2015, during which the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session are presented. Pauline van Dongen led the research team that developed the innovative look, which includes a 3D-printed pair of heels and a handbag, a silk-screen printed dress based on 3D body scans, and a reflective semi-transparent hat. Click here and see the video below for more information (in Dutch).



14 MAY 2015 // CRAFTING WEARABLES TV-ITEM

The Dutch knowledge programme 'De Kennis van Nu' broadcasted a television item on Crafting Wearables on May 16. Both Pauline van Dongen and project leader Anneke Smelik were interviewed for the item:

18-20 JUNE 2015 // FASHION TALES 2015 @ MILAAN

The second edition of Fashion Tales - International Conference, organized by ModaCult - Centre for the Study of Fashion and Cultural Production will be held in Milan, Italy from June 18-20, 2015. On the occasion of the Expo2015 to be held in Milan and significantly entitled "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", ModaCult invites scholars, curators, media and consultancy professionals, as well as fashion designers and business people from around the globe to come together in Milan to share meanings, images and methodologies used in the production of fashion tales that nurture the social imaginary toward sustainable lifestyles. The conference includes a panel on 'Technofashion' with paper presentations by Crafting Wearables team members Anneke Smelik and Paola Tognazzi & Oscar Tomico. Visit the conference website for more information, registration and the program.

24 MARCH 2015 // SYMPOSIUM FASHION RESPONSIVE @ GENEVA

On March 24, team members Pauline van Dongen and José Teunissen will speak at the Symposium 'Fashion Responsive'. Since the emergence of haute couture, fashion has been one of the most powerful expressions of change and of the desire for innovation at the core of contemporary culture. Today, in the era of dematerialization, simultaneity and immediacy, technology and its aesthetics are becoming increasingly integrated into the creative and communication processes of fashion. This phenomenon has enhanced the tendency of fashion and all other design disciplines to value experience over and above the product and to support the utopia of constant mutation. In order to develop the reflexion on these matters HEAD Geneva organizes the symposium Fashion Responsive brings together artists, fashion designers and critics for a public exchange. Covering interactive technology, the creation of wearables or forms of intelligent design, and the use of performance and participatory practices in the design of fashion, accessories and jewellery, the contributions to the symposium explore different approaches to real-time research in contemporary creation. More information.

13-17 MARCH 2015 // FASHION AND TECH @ SXSW AUSTIN

This year, Pauline will be a part of the SXSW festival again. Last year Pauline participated for the first time, presenting her Wearable Solar Dress. The experience resulted in widespread international attention and exciting new oppurtunities. This year Pauline's Panelpicker Proposal has been selected for the SXSW 2015 Program. In her panel Pauline presents the research project she is currently doing for Crafting Wearables, titled: Body Informed 3D Printed Fashion. More info on the Fashion and Tech program and Pauline's presentation at SXSW can be found here.

21-22 APRIL 2015 // FASHION COLLOQUIA SHANGHAI

The next international fashion colloquia event will be held at Donghua University in Shanghai. Shanghai is emerging into becoming one of the most important, diverse and strategic cities in the world and likely to become a major player in the future of fashion. Yet are the challenges facing Shanghai and China similar or distinctive from other locations across the globe? What can we learn? To fully engage with these areas the collquium will be hosted by the newly formed Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation at Donghua University. This year's themes include: Fashion Education, Fashion Information and Fashion Cultures. See the website for more information.

18 DECEMBER 2014 // FASHION NIGHT @ WOW

During this evening at WOW Pauline van Dongen is interviewed about her fascinations, her latest collection and her creative design process. Five models will show representative prototypes. The atmosphere during this evening will be intimate. Feel free to ask questions and have a close look at the prototypes. For more information on the event, see the website of WOW Amsterdam.

EXHIBITION ‘THE FUTURE OF FASHION IS NOW' @ BOIJMANS

The ‘Future of Fashion is Now’ exhibition is on show from 11 October 2014 to 18 January 2015 at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The exhibition was curated by José Teunissen and includes wearable technology designs Pauline van Dongen, Hussein Chalayan and Ying Gao. On November 20, a thematic symposium was organized as part of the exhibition. During the event, several speakers discussed the different themes around which the exhibition The Future of Fashion is Now is organized. Speakers included Crafting Wearables team members José Teunissen and Lianne Toussaint. See www.futureoffashion.nl for more information.


© 'The Future of Fashion is Now' - Concept / Art Direction: Glamcult Studio. Photo: Jouke Bos.

25 NOVEMBER 2014 // INAUGURAL LECTURE HEIN DAANEN @ AMFI

Hein Daanen, lector Fashion & Technology at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, gives his inaugural lecture on 25 November. Daanen’s lecture, entitled ‘Clothing and Fashion: a Critical Scientific Reflection’, focuses on the fit of smart fashion and virtual clothing design based on threedimensional body scans. Smart clothing, virtual design and fashion identity are therefore at the heart of his lectorate.

19 NOVEMBER 2014 // ALEPH LECTURE @ KABK

On November 19, Crafting Wearables team member Lianne Toussaint gives a lecture for ALEPH (Autonomous Laboratory for the Exploration of Progressive Heuristics) at the Royal Academy of Arts. This lecture will discuss current issues and developments in the emerging field of wearable technology through an in-depth analysis of some representative examples from the field. Wearable technologies obviously have a strong technical component, but their implications are definitely not just technical. In what context would we for example want to wear these hi-tech garments, if at all? What are the ethical, social and cultural issues involved? How does wearable technology change our relation to fashion, to technology, even to our selves? And how could it affect the way we express our emotions and communicate with others? More information

18 OCTOBER 2014 // EENVANDAAG ITEM ON SMART CLOTHING

The Dutch current affairs programme EenVandaag broadcasted an item entitled “Smart Clothes are Hot” on October 18. Pauline van Dongen (Crafting Wearables / TUe), Martijn ten Böhmer (TUe) and José Teunissen (Crafting Wearables / ArtEZ) were interviewed for the item:

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13-17 OCTOBER 2014 // ARCINTEX @ TUE

Crafting Wearables team members Ralph Zoontjens, Paola Tognazzi and Pauline van Dongen (TUe) present their research on Body-Informed 3d Printed Clothing during the 2014 ArcIntex (Architecture, Interaction Design and Textiles) Network Conference organized at TUe Eindhoven. They also screen a video that documents their joint research process:


© Paola Tognazzi, 'Body informed 3D printing' on Vimeo.

 

8 OCTOBER 2014 // NEW STOP AIDS NOW! ARTBAG BY PAULINE VAN DONGEN

Every year, STOP AIDS NOW! asks well-known designers to develop an ArtBag. This year, the organization asked Pauline van Dongen to design the bags that are sold to financially support your women in Africa with hiv. More information… (in Dutch).


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6-9 OCTOBER 2014 // SOFT SYMPOSIUM ON FASHION TECHNOLOGY

The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) & Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) present the SOFT Symposium on Fashion and Techology. The symposium includes a keynote lecture by prof.dr. Anneke Smelik, as well as a discussion with several wearable technology designers moderated by Lianne Toussaint on October 8. On October 9, the work of Asta Roseway (Microsoft Research Lab), Eef Lubbers and Pauline van Dongen, amongst others, is presented. More information and the full programme can be found here.

JUNE 2014 // NEW RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Crafting Wearables warmly welcomes three new research assistants to the team: Maartje Couwenberg, Paola Tognazzi and Ralph Zoontjens. Maartje Couwenberg has a background in Marketing, Communication and Law. She has worked as a business and communication consultant and lawyer assistant over the past few years. Within the project Crafting Wearables, Maartje conducts a network analysis of the Dutch field of wearable technology. Paola Tognazzi is an artist and physical interaction designer who founded ‘Wearable_Dynamics’ in 2008. She focuses on movement analysis in order to explore a body-centric approach to the use of 3D printing in fashion. Ralph Zoontjens is a creative product designer with a Master’s degree in Industrial Design. In close collaboration with Paola and fashion designer Pauline (Van Dongen), he takes care of the 3D Modelling and Generative Design of a wearable.

SOLAR DRESS ON DUTCH TELEVISION

On March 19, the Dutch live television programme devoted an item to the South by Southwest festival in Austin. Pauline van Dongen's solar dress was presented during the broadcast as one of the promising art projects shown during the SXSW festival:

PAULINE VAN DONGEN SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST ACCELERATOR FINALIST

Pauline van Dongen has been nominated for the 2014 SXSW Accelerator pitch competition in the Wearable Technologies category. The SXSW Accelerator is a competition for the hottest new startups in various sectors of emerging technology.

PHOTO REPORT HYPERCRAFTING FASHION

The Hypercrafting Fashion Event took place at Waag Society in Amsterdam. A photo report of the event can be found here.

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Photo © JWKaldenbach

30 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER // CONFERENCE: FASHION THINKING @ DENMARK

The conference Fashion Thinking - Theory, History, Practice, wishes to mark the developments in Fashion Studies with an international conference that explores and challenges the theory, history and practice of Fashion Thinking in it widest sense as paradigms of critical thought and creative practice. Fashion is here understood both as material objects and the process involved in producing and consuming fashion including logics of gender, age, culture, status and sexuality within a historical and contemporary context. Confirmed keynote speakers for the conference are: Dr. Caroline Evans, Dr. Joanne Entwistle, Dr. Beverly Lemire and Dr. Cecilia Fredriksson. The Call for Papers (deadline: 1 May) and more information can be found at the conference website. Venue: University of Southern Denmark

7-9 SEPTEMBER 2014 // AMBIENCE `14 @ TAMPERE, FINLAND

Ambience`14 is the 4th event in this conference series previously organised either in Tampere, Finland, or Borås, Sweden. This conference will bring together the global experts and scientists of thermal manikins and modelling. Wearing comfort, clothing physiology and the well-being of humans and the world will be the main theme of the conference. These issues will be approached from various angles, such as technology, physiology, design, materials, smart textile solutions and product development technology. More information and the Call for Papers (deadline: 28 February 2014) can be found at the conference website.

4-5 SEPTEMBER 2014 // TECHNOLOGY VS. HUMAN BEHAVIOUR @ ENSCHEDE

The 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will be hosted by the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. This year’s conference theme emphasises the influence of technology on human behaviour and vice-versa. The conference aim is to reflect on the bipolarity of the challenge that contemporary designers and engineers face when shaping our future, because the development of new technology cannot be meaningful unless there are users that successfully adapt the products and services to their own lives. As a result, it is important that design educators explore interrelationships between engineering & technology, and behavioural, societal, cultural & ethical issues. The Call for Abstracts for this conference has been closed, but more information can be found on the website. Location: University of Twente, Enschede.

19-20 MAY 2014 // INTERNATIONAL PHD WORKSHOP: IN A REVERSE FASHION

The Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden, and University IUAV of Venice, Italy, organize a two-day workshop for International PhD students, in occasion of the conference "FASHION ISSUES: Critical Fashion Studies" that will be held in Stockholm (16-17 May 2014). The workshop aims to explore and enlarge the concept of “sustainable fashion”. The Workshop Co-convenors are: Hazel Clark (Parsons the New School of Design), Kate Fletcher (London College of Fashion) (tbc), Andrea Kollnitz (Stockholm University), Alessandra Vaccari (University IUAV of Venice). For more information on the workshop, click here. For details about the conference click here.

27 MARCH 2014 // SECOND NATIONAL FASHION CONGRESS @ ARNHEM

In cooperation with CLICK | Next Fashion, MODINT organizes the Second National Fashion Congress on March 27th. Theme of the congress is: “Cross the border, go over your limit!” Boundaries blur between retail and wholesale, and between online and offline sales and between design, development and production. New opportunities arise from crossing the border to other industries, such as the world of technology and the world of materials. How do you create your own value here? Where is your strength and how do you put it into an opportunity! During the one-day conference these topics will be discussed. In the morning a plenary program with exciting speakers will take place, and in the afternoon there will be interactive workshops. Keep an eye on MODINT‘s website for details.

6 FEBRUARY // HYPERCRAFTING FASHION EVENT @ AMSTERDAM

On February 6, Waag Society is all about fashion & innovation during the 'Hypercrafting Fashion' event. Top experts in the field will present and discuss a future scenario in which clothes are fashionable, innovative and meaningful at the same time. Be surprised by (live) performance, discover boundaries and play with technology. For more information and subscription see the website.

CONTENT WEARABLE FUTURES @ RAVENSBOURNE LONDON

On December 10 and 11, the Wearable Futures event took place at the Ravensbourne media and design campus in London. Crafting Wearables was represented at the event with a presentation and exhibition of Pauline van Dongen's work, as well as a panel on the 'social-cultural wearable' moderated by Lianne Toussaint. For more information or (video) content of this exciting event, please visit the website.

10-11 DECEMBER 2013 // WEARABLE FUTURES EVENT @ LONDON

On 10 and 11 December the 'Wearable Futures' event will take place in Ravensbourne, London. Wearable Futures is a two-day exhibition and conference dedicated to current and prospective wearable technologies. Over the two days, speakers from business, technology, design and fashion will discuss how wearables will impact sectors such as health, retail and the city. Crafting Wearables' team members Pauline van Dongen and Lianne Toussaint will also present their work at the event. Read more here.

PAULINE VAN DONGEN WINS 'TOEKOMSTMAKERS' AWARD

12 November 2013 // During the Innovation Relay that took place in the Amsterdam RAI on November 12th, Pauline van Dongen won the 'Toekomstmakers' emerging talent award for her work on the wearable solar dress. The “Toekomstmakers” awards are given to talents that create innovative and sustainable products. The wearable solar dress integrates solar cells that collect and store solar energy, allowing the wearer to plug-in and charge electronical devices such as a smartphone. The multi-disciplinary team behind the Wearable Solar project consists of Pauline van Dongen, Christiaan Holland (Project leader at Gelderland Valoriseert) and Gert Jan Jongerden (Solar-energy expert). The project is developed with the support of Gelderland Valoriseert, a program that aims at speeding up innovation by bringing new ideas to the market, and Platform Creatieve Technologie. Read more here (in Dutch).

EXHIBITION 'HYBRID SKINS' @ TETEM, ENSCHEDE

10 October - 24 November 2013 // Progress in nano technology, genetic manipulation and clones promise a future in which nature will be copied and personalised to our taste. Are your body and genetic code properties that you may copy, remix and destroy at will? Is the use of biological material harmless because it caused no human or animal to die, or does it have a memory and life of its own? Are we allowed to modify nature to the whims of fashion? In the exhibition 'Hybrid Skins', artists and designers show their artistic vision on a future world full of new ethical issues and possibilities. See the website for more information.

Artists involved: Anouk Wipprecht en Daniel Schatzmayr, Local Androids, Jalila Essaïdi, Lucy McRae, Nancy Tilbury (Studio XO), Bart Hess, Harm Rensink, Clive Van Heerden, Jack Mama, Peter Gal, Philips, Anna Dumitriu, Marieka Ratsma, The Verge
Location: TETEM kunstruimte, Enschede, the Netherlands

WEARABLE SOLAR IN THE SPOTLIGHT @ DDW

19 - 27 October 2013 // For the Dutch Design Week 2013, Philips innovatively lightened several shop windows in the city centre of Eindhoven. One of the shop windows displayed Pauline van Dongen's Wearable Solar designs.

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Photo © Jeroen van der Wielen

KICK-OFF CREATIVE INDUSTRY PROJECTS @ DDW

24 October 2013 // At the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven CLICKNL, NWO, TNO and CRISP presented the kick-off of 23 Creative Industry projects. The consortia of all 23 research projects concern a collaboration between scientists and private and public partners from the creative industry. The research projects aim to make scientific knowledge accessible for the creative industry, develop new knowledge and create cross-overs between science and practice. During the kick-off on October 24, Crafting Wearebles officially presented itself for the first time, alongside all other project consortia.

The programme for the kick-off meeting can be found here (in Dutch).

OLOID

12 October 2013 // Pauline van Dongen presented her new collection called ‘Oloid’ this week. Oloid includes laser engraved neoprene, electrical wiring threaded through leather and fluid, voluminous shapes. The collection expresses Van Dongen’s vision on our technologically altered environment in which “human habitat is technology”. The entire collection can be viewed here.

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Pauline van Dongen, Oloid (2013) // Photography: Mike Nicolaassen // Hair & Make-up: Angelique Stapelbroek // Model: Julia J. at Fresh Model Management

Crafting Wearables is funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)..