Recrafting Craft - an Exploration of Speculative Scenarios for Tomorrow’s Fashion Education

Feb 5 2019 Feb 24 2019
By Dirk Osinga & Mascha van Zijverden

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

Based on the on-going design research Recrafting Craft fashion educator and researcher Mascha van Zijverden explores, in collaboration with architect Dirk Osinga, speculative scenarios for tomorrow’s fashion education. What if the future fashion school was located at a farm and created its own circular economy? What if the fashion school merged with a biotech research lab at a university?

The Pop-In exhibition Recrafting Craft shows different interpretations of six speculative scenarios written by Dirk Osinga and drawn by Georg Bohle. They offer a utopian impression of the productive possibilities which can emerge when fashion workshops are located in unconventional contexts. These contexts offer students opportunities to experiment with new materials and create alternative production methods. Furthermore, they support the reflection on the value of clothing. These scenarios will give the future fashion professionals new perspectives on creating innovative and sustainable solutions for the social and environmental challenges the global fashion industry is facing today.

In addition, Recrafting Craft hosts three examples of best practices coming from the Design Academy Eindhoven, underpinning the agenda of this project; Weave (K)not Waste of Sarah Brunnhuber, Human Pelt by Chrissie Coerman and Mesh Shoe Lab of Martin Sallières. All three are working on new production techniques to inspire the industry and to appeal to a more discerning consumer. The ultimate goal of this design research project is to invigorate and stimulate the synergy of traditional and future crafts by creating a network of various stakeholders in order to bring about real sustainable innovation within fashion education.

WdKA Hybrid Publishing Publication

This publication is the sequel to the research Recrafting Craft, a Synergy of Crafts within Fashion Design Education at Art Schools in the Netherlands (2016), which analysed the gap between the current fashion industry and higher education in the field of fashion. In addition to that study, a series of speculative scenarios for tomorrow’s fashion education were developed, which are an invitation to reflect upon the implementation of new digital crafts in fashion workshops and in the related curricula. These rudimentary scenarios provide a foundation for developing alternatives outside of art schools in order to bring about real sustainable innovation within today’s fashion education.


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