FOUR NEW CREATIVE HUBS JOINED TO THE PROJECT'S CREATIVE NETWORK
Discover the territorial centres developing activities, innovative solutions and business models for new growth of Textile and Clothing (T&C) sector in the Mediterranean Regions
THE SUSTAINABILITY HUB IN BIELLA, ITALY
COORDINATED BY CITTADELLARTE – FONDAZIONE PISTOLETTO (ITALY – PIEMONTE)
The Sustainability Hub coordinated by Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.ST. is dedicated to the development of sustainability in the textile industry gathering in a platform dozens of companies producing eco-sustainable fabrics, yarns and fashion accessories. The activities include meetings and events aiming at eaising aearness about a sustainable consumotion, taking part in international work groups and organizing seminars and studies. Thanks to the project, eco-sustainable materials and textile products are presented both in a permanent exhibition and within the major national and international fairs, developing public initiatives aimed at promoting a responsible consumption. As an active session of the Hub, Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.S.T. Studios is engaged in promoting and developing research and creativity in the field of ethical and sustainable fashion. Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.S.T. Studios is a container of innovative ideas where fashion designers can find inspiration and support in the production of their projects, and a space for creatives operating among art, fashion and textile design. It is also an incubator and promoter of new imaginaries, new fashion languages and ways of conceiving clothing becoming instruments of communication. Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.S.T. Studios organizes educational courses for groups of fashion students, graduates and lovers who can experience contemporary fashion atelier committed to a socially responsible role through the practice of sustainability.
THE INNOVATION HUB IN BIDART, FRANCE
COORDINATED BY ESTIA - ECOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES TECHNOLOGIES INDUSTRIELLES AVANCÉES (FRANCE/SPAIN- AQUITAINE-EUSKADI REGION)
The ambition of the Hub is the development of an emerging lab/platform for prototyping smart and/or circular textiles. The ambition of this platform is to support textile and fashion companies in their efforts to prototype innovative item, test new solutions before integrating and test new value chains in order to support transitions toward circular fashion and smart textiles. First challenge is CIRCULAR involving new global and local systems and practices. Material designers and makers need spaces to experiment locally how better to re-imagine, to reduce, to re-use, to transform and to recycle as well as solutions from new material design to eco-efficient and zero waste processes that could be tested. Second challenge of the Hub is SMART calling for new information and communication technologies. Prototyping these new technologies and their new uses the ambition of the platform relies on collecting, formalizing and transferring knowledge and expertise from Innovation Hub so that T&C industry can benefit developing new business models. Four types of services can be provided around the platform access: business and innovation support, training, research collaboration and policy learning exchanges.
THE TRAINING HUB IN CAKOVEC, CROATIA
COORDINATED BY HUMANA NOVA SOCIAL COOPERATIVE (CROATIA – MEĐIMURJE REGION)
The prototyping of innovative textile products with a strong added social value will be the key factor for the target reference group of the The Training Hub. In cooperation with county institutions, the Hub will select unemployed people from marginalized groups, persons with disabilities and older people, ready for training and the participation at organized workshops aimed at the creation of textile products designed taking inspiration from heritage textile items and realized with ecofriendly materials. These activities will be supported by the private sector as a guarantee element for the working spaces and in collaboration with public schools and social cooperative to design services and to develop contents.
THE AWARENESS HUB IN IZMIR, TURKEY
COORDINATED BY TEKSMER TECHNICAL TEXTILE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER (TURKEY - AEGEAN REGION)
The Awareness Hub will develop a strategy aimed to be a bridge between Cultural and Creative Industry and Textile and Clothing Industry in the Izmir Region according to regional innovation strategy. Teksmer will arrange organizations to raise awareness about the development of high added value products, importance of the creative design and also to establish the manufacturer-designer and academic cooperation. The strategic plan will be implemented to enhance the creative force in the sector industry by creating a bridge between textile and clothing enterprises, creatives actors as fashion designers, crafts, tailors and academicians to build international and national network in the region and abroad. The integration of Teksmer into the network of Creativewear Project will guide Teksmer to improve skills, experiences in the field of CCI and the participation in new consortiums. With the improved awareness of creative and technical capabilities it is expected that advanced level and innovative projects will be generated by T&C industry in Izmir region. As a result of seminar, meetings and guidance of CWProject, in particular T&C industry will gain a certain level of know-how and the importance of creativity for the development of high added values.