For the Amsterdam session we asked partners to bring an example of a project or company they think is inspiring and that could feed into the TCBL project. Herewith an overview of what people shared. Please add more!
Artist duo Varvara Guljajeve and Mar Canet, working in the field of art and technology is developing Knitic project as an open hardware, which controls a knitting machine via Arduino. “We don’t use a floppy emulation or knitting machine’s keypad simulation. Instead, Knitic is the new ‘brain’ of a knitting machine that allows real-time control over the needles. It means, one can knit as long patterns as desired and modify the pattern on the fly.”
In this shop you can just find a few t-shirts to fit your size. Once you know your size, you can choose a print of an artist Graniph is collaborating with an order your t-shirt. In this way only ordered items will be produced.
Fruitleather Rotterdam is a Rotterdam based collective of designers, currently studying and graduating at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, working on social issues in a multidisciplinary way. In this project they created a solution for one of Rotterdams biggest social issues, food waste. In a single day on one of the outdoor markets in and around Rotterdam, vendors daily trow away approximately 3500 kilo’s of rotten or other unsellable fruits and vegetables. They see the foods as trash and bin them. But food isn’t trash. Chefs use different technics to create wonderful flavor experiences with fruits and vegetables using them to garnish their plates. One of those technics is to mash, cook and then dry fruits to make them into a candy like piece of fruit called fruitleather. By producing this on large scale with the unsellable fruits from the market, a new kind of material is created, that can be used in many ways.
Janet and Samina both trained as weavers at Huddersfield University before setting up Juko Designs. Originally they wove fabric to their own designs on a power loom and used this fabric to make a range of handbags. However an increasing desire to introduce weaving to a wider audience following the resurgence in popularity of knitting and crochet led to the development of their weaving kits. The kits are easy to use and come with clear instructions. They also offer a variety of weaving workshops.
Tentree is an environmentally progressive purveyor of lifestyle apparel and accessories that plants ten trees for every item sold. Established in 2012, their mission is to have a lasting impact on this planet and the people in it by planting trees, supplying jobs, and providing education. It is their belief that by planting trees, we can have an incredible impact on our planet and protect the world we play in.
Manufacturing is one of the key areas they pursue social equity and environmental sustainability. It is a widely held belief that the garment manufacturing industry is oppressive and irresponsible. To make a broad sweeping statement that tentree will avoid all international production is to accept that there are issues that cannot be fixed. Instead, tentrees works to change the apparel industry through transparency, dedication, and diligence.