School «beyond walls»

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School «beyond walls»

What if the territory’s textile DNA could be used to forge new social ties? This is one of RE_ACTextile’s propositions, a project carried out by the students and teaching staff of the Textile Design section at the ESA – Academy of Fine Arts of Tournai.

Open workshops

The Textile Design section, a major player in the transmission and perpetuation of textile know-how, seeks to open its teaching, practices and professions to new fields of action and reflection. Taking the workshops “beyond walls”, the school’s students and teaching staff intend to occupy Tournai’s city centre’s empty spaces, through creation, in order to make others discover them.

To be established during the spring of 2021, in vacant commercial spaces, RE_ACTextile seeks to revitalise the city centre and bring design to the citizens, through a textile co-creation workshop open to everyone.

Forging links

Professionals and amateurs, specialists and curious beginners experience these open courses and workshops together, inviting them to see and experience group work dynamics, research and experimentation, leads and mistakes, all parts as essential as the final outcome.

For the occasion, the machines and techniques linked to the region’s richness in textile activities, are taken o200630ut of museums and institutions, and thus lay down the foundations for a “circular economy of know-how”. In an era where it’s sometimes difficult to understand and collaborate, these different textile tools and processes serve to forge bonds through a gesture, becoming a form of language.

Through collaborative practices, RE_ ACTextile engages in an unusual form of social activism, wherein heritage can develop connections, where working and creating together is a way of relating, of uniting to become stronger.

  • Porteurs de projet/Project holders :ESA,Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai
  • Designers : étudiants et équipe pédagogique de la section Design Textile 
  • Acteurs/Stakeholders : AEQUO Edition, Musée de la Rubanerie, Comines (Belgique), ESAAT Roubaix, Office du Tourisme de Tournai (Belgique) / Tournai’s Tourist Office (Belgium)
  • Crédits photo / photo credits : ESA,Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai et/and Strategic Design Scenarios