Textile Academy bootcamp in Barcelona

Fabricademy is a new textile academy  functioning on the same principles and infrastructure of the global Fab Lab network, but focused on new alternative materials, processes and techniques related to textiles, wearables and soft fabrication. The class will be launched in September 2017, with a top level faculty and an extensive program of 13 weeks, followed by two months of individual project development. Many labs around the world have already expressed interest in participating to this program and it will be opening soon students applications. The course is planned to be carried out all over the world with local and remote sessions.

Back in February 2017 I participated to the 1-week bootcamp with a lecture on Hacking Fashion with open source and I will be curating a training module at Fabricademy.  We had a great time, tinkering and experimenting with the students and mentors: take a look to the photo Gallery on flickr and read the wrap-up blogpost.

This was the Bootcamp schedule:

Presentation of Fab Textiles projects & TextileLab Amsterdam projects.

Introduction to the new Textile Academy course of September 2017

TALKS: Hacking the Fashion Industry, by Zoe Romano

TALKS: Open Source Hardware, by Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet

TALKS: 3D scanning & 3D printing, by FabAcademy

TUTORIAL: Computational Fashion, by Aldo Sollazzo

TUTORIAL: E-textiles & Wearables, by Ángel Muñoz

TUTORIAL: 2D modeling for laser cutting and tutorial of 3D modeling for CNC milling

IN DEPTH: Biomaterials and Biocomposites, by Cecilia Raspanti & Anastasia Pistofidou

JAM session in collaboration with local fashion designers and artists

Wearable technology Workshop for SLEM

Last week I was in Vigevano at the ShoeStyle Lab (Museo Internazionale della Calzatura) to run a 3-day workshop about open source DIY soft circuit using Arduino Lilypad with SLEM students visiting Italy for some days.

SLEM is an international innovation and training institute for footwear and leather related industries and offer a 9-month program and several short courses for companies and professionals.

Students worked in groups and prototyped smart shoes using light sensors, a textile pressure sensor we crafted in the previous days and the Folded Slipper from Openwear opensource wearable collection.

At WeMake we provide a series of workshops, courses and training regarding new approaches of fashion production related to digital fabrication technologies. Drop me an email if you are interested!

Here’s some pictures of the thee days:



Explore the complete gallery on WeMake’s flickr account.

Activating Disruptive Fashion Modes and Practices


16th December 2016, 14.00-17.00hrs, BITZ, unibz fablab, via Rosmini 7/9, Bolzano

I tool part to a seminar organized by ModeUncut  focusing on disruptive modes of creating clothing that contest the wasteful, socially unjust practices of the mainstream fashion industry. Speakers included also Cecilia Palmer from Berlin and Anja-Lisa Hirscher from Ulm, Germany; Francesco Mazzarella from Loughborough, UK.

A Seminar: Disrupting Fashion Modes: Future Goals, Strategies and Practice


14.00 Introduction and opening talk. Alastair Fuad-Luke, Unibz, Bolzano. Download presentation as PDF: alastairfuad-luke_bitz_161216

14.15 “Making differently…together: New value creation with connected production”. Anja-Lisa Hirscher, Mode Uncut, Ulm.  Download presentation as PDF: anjahirscher_bitz_161216

14.35 “Circularity in fashion”. Cecilia Palmer, Fashion & Code. Download presentation as PDF: ceciliapalmer_bitz_161216

14.55 Francesco Mazzarella, University of Loughborough. “How can the service designer activate meaningful routes towards sustainable futures?”

15.15 “Fashioning platforms: How digital fabrication is changing the idea of production”. Zoe Romano, co-founder WeMake Makerspace Milan. Download presentation as PDF: zoeromano_bitz_161216

15.35 Panel discussion

15.50 Refreshment break

16.00 Co-creation exercises with speakers and the audience.
Part I Affinity/cluster analysis of post-its generated by the audience from the speakers’ talks.
Part II World cafe.

16.50 Summing up. Moderators from the World Cafe tables reflect on co-created outcomes.

17.00 Workshop ends.

MODE UNCUT is a think-do tank, collaborative network and platform for exploring and disrupting fashion practices, by reconfiguring designer-producer-consumer relationships. Collaborators include researchers, practitioners, commercial and social entrepreneurs and citizens.