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Fashion Up-Skilling: Innovation Open Network

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

More about the project

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), the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Makerversity (UK).

Each partner country has selected two designers/makers who will attend four masterclasses. 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 (Limerick, Ireland)
  • Masterclass 2 led by Fab Lab Barcelona will focus on the practical application of digital fabrication technologies (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Masterclass 3 led by the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave will focus on product design and development (Barcelos, Portugal)
  • Masterclass 4 led by the Crafts Council (UK) will focus on business skills and enterprise development (London, UK)

Following attendance to masterclasses and submission of successful proposal, one participant from each partner country will be given the opportunity to;

  • Attend 1 two-week residency in a partner country (exact dates tbc) in a facility with access to digital fabrication tools in either Limerick, Ireland (Limerick School of Art & Design), Barcelos, Portugal (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave), Turin, Italy (host venue tbc) and London, UK (Makerversity)
  • Deliver a public-facing workshop for other designers/makers as part of their residency

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is FUSION?

FUSION is an international partnership project, funded by Creative Europe, 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), the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Makerversity (UK). Comprising 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 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.

Q. Who is FUSION for?

The masterclasses and residency programme of FUSION is aimed at professional designers / makers with experience in the fashion or textile fields with ambition to learn new skills, combining digital fabrication technologies with traditional skills in textiles and fashion and to expand their professional capacities in user testing and co-designing with users.

Q. Where will FUSION take place?

The four masterclasses will take place in Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the UK. The residencies will be hosted in facilities with access to digital fabrication tools (University, Fab Lab or Makerspace) in Ireland, Italy, Portugal and the UK.

Q. Where can I find more information?

If you would like further updates on the FUSION project, please email michael.mclaughlin@lit.ie and request to be added to the mailing list or follow the project on Facebook and Instagram.

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