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Expo 'Fashioning the Future; Innovating textile value chains' result of unique collaboration between ArtEZ and WUR

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photo: Sven Menschel
photo: Sven Menschel

A 'solar backpack' jacket and a jacket of pineapple or piñatex. These are the tangible results of the search for circular clothing that you can view at the exhibition 'Fashioning the Future; Innovating textile value chains', from 4 September to 12 October at Wageningen University, Stippeneng 2. A unique collaboration between ArtEZ and Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Daniëlle Bruggeman (Fashion Professorship): This collaboration between ArtEZ and WUR is an excellent example of how design-driven research and scientific research comes together to incubate new insights, concepts, visions, and concrete prototypes. We are proud that this project, after being presented at State of Fashion, is now presented in Wageningen. This project has opened up worlds two ways: scientists at WUR can apply their knowledge on, for instance, plant biotechnology, microbiology, and sustainability to the fields of fashion and product design. And fashion and product designers were able to further develop their work, based on the scientific knowledge and lab experiments in collaboration with scientists and MSc students from WUR, to contribute to a more circular fashion system, regenerative society and resilient future."

Opening exhibition
The exhibition will be officially opened on Tuesday 4 September at 12.45 pm by Louise Fresco of WUR and the mayor of Wageningen, Geert van Rumund. Research partners at ArtEZ and SToF also talk about the value of WUR for the clothing industry and there is a meet and greet with the designers, scientists and students working on the innovations. The exhibition is on the occasion of 100 years of WUR and marks the official opening of the WUR Circular Fashion Lab.

The Future of Living Materials project
The Future of Living Materials project investigates the development and application of living materials (living skin, living colors), natural waste (living leather, living waste) and natural principles (living systems) for a sustainable fashion system.
Designers involved: Luc Aarts, Lilian van Daal, Aniela Hoitink, Iris Houthoff, Nienke Hoogvliet, Aliki van der Kruijs, Emma van der Leest, Laura Luchtman, Ilfa Siebenhaar, Karin Vlug.

The Composing the New Carpet project
The Composing the New Carpet project was initiated in response to the Roadmap 2030 Roadmap, in which the trade association for fashion, textiles and interior design Modint concludes that the carpet industry must produce more sustainably, circularly and flexibly. Future Makers asked designers and design students from ArtEZ to develop new scenarios for this.
Designers: Eric Klarenbeek, Tjeerd Veenhoven, Richard Vijgen
Design student: Stefan Theunissen

The project The Future of Living Materials will be on show after this exhibition in Wageningen during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (October 20-28).

More info: www.wur.nl/impulse