The Culture Dress – Experiments during Makers in Residence


“The Culture Dress” series is a collaboration between media artist Afroditi Psarra and architect Dafni Papadopoulou that aims to combine electronic handicrafts with parametric design and digital fabrication on an ongoing research on wearables.

The project was developed during the Maker-In-Residence program at WeMake, Milan´s Makerspace that I’m curating. Dafni and Afroditi spent with us two weeks in our guest-room at the second floor of the makerspace. I’ve been following the work of Afroditi for a couple of years and it was great to have her with us, meet with Dafni and make our community know about their practise.
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Participate to Reshape15 – Wearable Technology Competition


I was invited to be part of the Jury to evaluate the submissions for the Wearable Technology Competition together with Ronen Kadushin, Alessio Erioli, Anastasia Pistofidou, Elizabeth E. Fraguada, Niccolò Casas, Martìn Rodriguez Montoya. Read the brief and get ready to participate (submissions deadline 31st May 2015)


Reshape focuses on the definition of this language, proposing a new challenge to makers and designers: RESHAPE15 | wearable technology competition.

Proposals will focus on the possibilities of wearable technology without any design limitation. Once again Reshape leaves to designers freedom and responsibility of their own choices. Nonetheless, all submissions must reflect the mission of Reshape: merging ideas with fabrication processes and market viabilities. Fabrication strategies must be clear and reasonable, demonstrating a real control of the production process.

The distributed network of fabrication of Reshape includes Fab Labs and Maker Space, all equipped with digital fabrication machines such as laser cutters, 3d printers, milling machines and robotic arms. Entries are required to rely on those machines as main tools for the fabrication process. Assembly method and production costs will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation process. All winning proposals will be awarded according to the prize pool.

In addition to the economical prize, Reshape offers a unique e-commerce platform * where the best design proposals will be presented and launched into the market. Designers will have then the possibility to sell their own products promoting their design on the international platform of Reshape.


Reshape is a digital competition; hard copies of the proposals will not be accepted. Please notice the exact requirements below:

  • The official language of the competition is English. Any other language will not be accepted.
  • The registration fee is 50,00 €
  • Participants could be groups or individuals.
  • Entry identification code (which is generated during the registration) must be placed in the upper right corner of each A3 board, with required dimensions of 40 x 10 mm. No other form of identification is allowed.
  • Each submission should include:
  1. A3 boards in landscape format. Do not exceed 3 presentation boards. Each board should be a vectorial (not raster) pdf file of 150 dpi and RGB color mode. All the boards should be combined in one single pdf file (maximum 25MB) named as: “Reshape15_Identification code_ title of the project”. Each team has to use its own identification code (which is generated during the registration) and title of its project.
  2. A description of approximately 500 words has to be delivered separately in a word document.
  3. A physical prototype must be documented with pictures in one or more of the submission boards.
  4. A video of maximum duration of one minute has to be included. The video should be one mp4 file, maximum 25 MB.
  • Each entry (pdf, word document, video) should be submitted online to in a .zip or .rar format named as “Reshape15_Identification code_ title of the project”.
  • All entries must be submitted via email on/or before midnight (23:59) May 31st, 2015 Barcelona Time (UTC/GMT +1 hour).

Disqualification of entries may occur if the guidelines are not met.


  • 15th of January – 31st May 2015_ Online registration and submission period
  • 15th of January – 30st April 2015_ Questions and answers available online at
  • 31st of May 2015_ submissions deadline 23:59 (UTC/GMT +1 hour)
  • 1st of June-30th of June 2015_ Evaluation of projects
  • 6th of July_ Announcement of prizes
  • To be scheduled_ Awarding ceremony and final exhibition (*)

*the exact date and place will be published on


All projects will be evaluated on a scale from 1 to 10 according to the following categories:


Will be given significant attention to those projects that reconsider the idea of conventional contemporary clothing in an inventive and experimental way, reconsidering interconnections between users, environment and data.


The design approach must present a clear fabrication strategy relying design solutions to digital fabrication tools available in a Fab Lab or Maker Space, as Reshape target is to merge both DESIGNING and MAKING.


It is crucial to consider design and fabrication solutions economically feasible, giving a reasonable estimation for the overall design proposal and its marketability.

The Journal of Design Strategies on Alternative Fashion Systems


Pascale Gatzen and Otto von Busch  are the Guest Editors of The Journal of Design Strategies Volume 7  titled Alternative Fashion Systems and containing the edited transcript of the presentation I gave at Parsons 3 years ago: “From Open Source Branding to Collaborative Clothing”. The following article is the letter from the editors, opening the Volume: Continue reading

Il sistema dei Makers per Out of Fashion a WeMake


A meta’ gennaio (venerdi’ 16 e sabato 17) ospitiamo presso Wemake Makerspace un modulo di Out of Fashion, primo corso di formazione sulla cultura della moda consapevole, etica e innovativa. Oltre a esaminare l’ecosistema dei makers e il concetto di Brand open source sviluppato da Serpica Naro e continuato nel progetto Openwear, introdurro’ alle tecnologie di prototipazione rapida con un percorso teorico e pratico su lasercut e stampa 3d:

Da una parte l’etica, dall’altra una nuova metodologia di lavoro a partire dalla tecnologia digitale come opportunità per il sistema della moda. Verrà affrontato il concetto di brand dai codici aperti e le potenzialità di un’evoluzione verso una nuova prospettiva del lavoro nella moda fondata sulla condivisione, la collaborazione e l’innovazione. Dal brand open source alla digital fabrication, passando per l’ecosistema di Makers e alcuni esempi di imprese creative con obiettivi e finalità fuori dagli schemi di start-up classica.

Workshop pratici di prototipazione e produzione on demand sull’utilizzo della lasercut e dei comandi di grafica vettoriale per tagliare e decorare un accessorio indossabile di feltro, e della stampa 3d per accessori e componenti.

Qui trovi il programma >>

Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe


In 2013 I was invited by Nesta to join the Advisory Group to advise on a major new policy study on digital social innovation in Europe. The study has been looking at grassroots civic innovation enabled by the internet, and at how social innovation is being enabled by the “network effect” of the Internet and new open innovation models.

The study has been run by Nesta, in partnership with the WAAG Society (NL), ESADE (SP), IRI (FR), and Future Everything (UK) and it has been exploring how emerging technologies in the digital economy can transform society by the mobilisation of collective action, enable a more collaborative economy, new ways of making, citizen participation, sustainability and social innovation.

In February I’ll be in Brussels to discuss lessons from the 18-month research and the future of DSI in Europe. Continue reading

Journal of peer production on Shared Machine Shops


Reflecting on the real impact of Maker Movement and next steps in the Journal of Peer Production Issue #5:

Despite the marketing clangour of the “maker movement”, shared machine shops are currently “fringe phenomena” since they play a minor role in the production of wealth, knowledge, political consensus and the social organisation of life. Interestingly, however, they also prominently share the core transformations experienced in contemporary capitalism. That is, for the individual: the convergence of work, labour and other aspects of life. Moreover, on a systemic level: the rapid development of algorithmically driven technical systems and their intensifying role in social organisation. Finally, as a corollary: the practical and legitimation crisis of modern institutions, echoed by renewed attempts at self-organisation.

Contribution by various protagonists of the makers’ scene. Here’s the executive summary:

  • Shared Machine Shops are not new.
  • Fab Labs are not about technology.
  • Sharing is not happening.
  • Hackerspaces are not open.
  • Technology is not neutral.
  • Hackerspaces are not solving problems.
  • Fab Labs are not the seeds of a revolution.

Read the issue >>

Exchanging ideas on open fashion and tech at MeshCon: podcasts are online!


How to reap the benefits of participatory production in the textile industry was the topic of the first edition of MeshCon taking place in Berlin last October from 10 to 15, 2014:

We are developing concepts and Free and Open Source technologies for fair and environment friendly production of garments and textiles at home and in the industry. MeshCon Berlin brings together industry representatives, fashion designers, pattern creators, knitters, textile manipulators, FOSS developers and DIY hardware makers. The event offers a place to exchange new ideas in personalized fashion and technologies in the garment production.

I was invited to give a talk, but I couldn’t travel in those days.
I suggest to listen to the recorded files in 13 podcasts of the event, and especially: