‘Creating Together Will Produce A Better Product’

‘Creating Together Will Produce A Better Product’

This article was originally published on the website of Creative Ring.

On May 16th, Ministry of Makers (the Design Platform of Ghent and East Flanders) organized a Pre-Submission Event for those applying to the EU WEAR Sustain Open Call, in Gent (Belgium). Next to detailed information on the call itself, four experts shared their latest insights and ideas on smart textiles. The program started with presentations from participants on what’s happening within their organization, what they are doing, and what issues they might have. After that, there was time for networking.


Applying to WEAR Sustain Together


Bart Tommelein and Michiel Minjauw (Nooyer) develop clothing that produces heat through the textile itself. It is controlled via a smartphone and regulated via sensors and a self-managing system, in order to respond quickly to decreasing temperatures. They were looking to meet artists who can help them make the clothing become fashion. After meeting designer Kristof Buntinx at the event, they are applying for WEAR Sustain together.


“It’s enriching to see how Europe engages in a shared approach in order to give people an opportunity to develop the world of textiles on the one side, but moreover to bring people closer together by sharing technical and creative ideas. For many artists the financial aspect is a killer, because it keeps them from focusing on their project in substance. This opportunity to cooperate eliminates that and creates a shared focus for both parties.” – Bart Tommelein, Nooyer

Download the presentations of the Ghent Pre-Submission Event below.