The heart of the event was the round table organised by the Portuguese partners to support the local communities of artists and craftsmen in the textile sector.
On November 18, within the TCBL Days 2021, the multi-day event organized by TCBL project to provide inspiration, case studies and networking to define the ingredients for sustainability in the fashion and textile sector, addressing solutions that are circular, creative, bio-based, and inclusive, the CreativeWear Project participated in the event by organizing a double sessions day event dedicated to the "creative" factor connecting fashion and textile with tradition, innovation and sustainability.
The morning panel focused on the multiple approaches that the creative element can complement traditional skills and patterns, thanks to the viewpoints and contributions by captivating keynote speakers such as Filippo Guarini (Prato Textile Museum) and Paolo Guarnieri, as Lead Partner representative and Project Manager of CreativeWear PLUS who has introduced the main objectives and the ongoing and next project's activities, together with Fridolin Wild, Maria Antonietta Sbordone, Elvys Sandu & Andreea Spataru, span the worlds of fashion, interior design, architecture, non-profit activism and academic research.
The afternoon session took place live in Lisbon at The 3rd Floor premises in the form of a roundtable discussion organized by Passao Futuro Association in collaboration with Arteria Lab of the University of Evora (partner of CreativeWear PLUS) and moderated by Fatima Durkee concentrating on strategies and difficulties in connecting Portuguese textile artisansans and the textile markets, trying to outline a sustainable way (social, environmental, economic) to bring together people from different backgrounds who are working in Portugal to support the traditional textile crafts in several areas.
The speakers who gave an interesting perspective of ideas and proposals in the field were Rita Salvado (Museu de Lanificios), Nicole McBride (Atlas Loom), Valentina Pilia (Flores Textile Studio) and Felipe Barata (University of Evora).
Both sessions were streamed on the project's Facebook page cross posting with TCBL Days social media platform and The3rd Floor channel, allowing a wide possibility of reaching an audience of interested parties, practitioners and stakeholders.