Since 2014, the Skills Academy has looked to bring together the transmission of skills with the exploration of techniques, and to blend practical applications with prospective work. For its fourth edition, twenty selected professionals will participate in an eleven-month long programme from January to November 2019. Applications are welcome from textile artisans, engineers specialising in textiles (or adjacent fields) and designers looking to enrich their training and skills in this area.
Where do natural and artificial fibres come from? What are the historical, symbolic and cultural dimensions of these materials, and how can an understanding of them allow us to reconsider the present and the future of textile savoir-faire? Exploring textiles and the creative and craft techniques associated with them opens up an essential aspect of human history.
Over the course of the year, Academy members will share and enrich their knowledge through a series of conferences (open to the public, reservation required) and master classes with experts. In parallel to this cycle, they will improve and explore their practices through a workshop in several phases. Together, they will develop a prospective and experimental project around a subject related to this year’s theme of textiles – a theme that raises social and environmental questions for our world and the world of tomorrow.