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Thinking Through Making: Soft Systems

Thursday, February 25, 2021 13.00 TR / 10.00 UK

Live video conference event

The talk is held in English and simultaneous translation is provided.

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You can watch the recording of the panel in the upcoming days at Istanbul Modern's YouTube channel in Turkish or in English.

Istanbul Modern and Royal College of Art (RCA), welcome all designers and researchers working on the intersection of textiles and technology to the event “Thinking through Making: Soft Systems”.

RCA, Textiles Soft Systems Research Group focuses on developments within physical attributes to soft materials and combining them with digital assemblies. An ecosystem is developed which questions the materiality of our lives, pioneering alternative ways of thinking and making that transcend digital and physical boundaries informed by a robust background in material knowledge and emerging fabrication technologies.

In this event, the panelists will share their thoughts on soft systems at the forefront of their creative practice and describe how “Thinking Through Making” influences their thought processes. Audiences are invited to join online to explore creative processes of makers and designers and the materials in the textile series of “Thinking Through Making”. 

Event Moderator: 
Dr Berdan Kalav, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Textile Technologies Design, Faculty Member

Panelists:
Anne Toomey, Head of Textiles Programme, Royal College of Art

Dr Lynn Tandler, Tutor in Weave and Yarn, Royal College of Art

Dr Amy Winters, Founder of material-technology studio Rainbow Winters, Postdoctoral Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology

The newly launched project “Crafting Technology for Textiles”, funded by Art and Humanities Research Council and Newton Fund, explores emerging soft smart systems and new materials fields for local artists and designers.

For more information on the project, please click here and reach out to us, via:

Assoc Prof Dr Elif Özden Yenigün, Senior Tutor in Textiles Programme, Royal College of Art  

Melodi Gülbaba, Assistant Curator, Istanbul Modern

 

Anne Toomey, Head of Textiles Programme, Royal College of Art
Anne Toomey is a textiles specialist with national and international experience in research-based design, product development, manufacture and postgraduate education. With a background as a commercial designer and over 21 years in academia, Anne has a track record of initiating innovative approaches to cross-disciplinary collaborations between industry and academe. More...

As Head of the Textiles Programme at the Royal College of Art, she leads a team of staff and over 140 postgraduate students working at the creative interface between materials, making and meaning. Their collective focus is innovation that impacts and spans across many sectors, exploring new territories for the twenty-first century Textiles specialist. Anne’s vision for RCA Textiles is multivalent and grounded firmly in real-world solutions, with a focus on excellence of making allied to research into new processes, technologies and materials.

Under her leadership, the Textiles Programme has established the ‘Soft Systems’ research group who focus on Textiles Innovation, incorporating aspects of emerging material science with design to develop a platform of novel, multi-sensory textiles that explore new applications and routes to market.

Dr Lynn Tandler, Tutor in Weave and Yarn, Royal College of Art
Dr Lynn Tandler is a weaver and academic researcher. After graduating from the Royal College of Art (MA) she set up a design studio in London, where she has worked with agents and production mills in Italy for several years - producing and selling woven textile collections across Europe and U.S – while consulting to companies such as Nike, Phillips, Unilever and Hairstetics on the development of new materials (woven and fibrous). More...

She completed her PhD about the role of weaving in smart material systems before joining the RCA as the Tutor (Research) for Yarn and Woven Textiles. Her academic research currently examines woven textiles (past, present and future) and their relevance to smart textile innovations. She is also the co-editor for ‘Vol.2: Wovens‘ in the upcoming Encyclopedia of World Textiles (Bloomsbury, 2023).

Dr Amy Winters, Founder of material-technology studio Rainbow Winters, Postdoctoral Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology
Dr Amy Winters is the founder of material-technology studio Rainbow Winters and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Future Everyday Group, Industrial Design, TU/e Eindhoven. She currently explores performance principles such as Temporal Form towards Interactive Materials and Soft Robotic Systems. More...

Before joining TU/e, Amy worked as a tutor on the Soft Systems Specialism, RCA, London. She holds a PhD in Textiles from the RCA, London and a BA (Hons) Performance Design (Central Saint Martins), London.

 

A collaborative project between Istanbul Modern and the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, “Crafting Technology for Textiles” has been funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council and Newton Fund.