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SILKNOW and Fashion

Silk had been part of European creativity from its beginning.  Even though, we tend to think in silk as a luxurious item from a distant past, it is a very much alive heritage present in today’s fashion designers and their creations. In order to demonstrate so, SILKNOW lunched an international campaign with professional models and international designers such as Francis Montesinos. This editorial was recorded in Garin 1820, a fabric that still weaves with the ancient techniques.

SILKNOW at the Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage

Organized by the European Commission, the ‘Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage’ took place on 15-16 November 2018 in Brussels and was focused on the next steps and contributions to the EU Action Plan on Cultural Heritage. They showcased the latest innovations in cultural heritage, especially in the scope of EU funded projects, discussing why they are developed and how they can benefit both the society and the market. The fair promoted stronger ties between R&I, policies and arts by contributing opening cultural heritage innovation ecosystem in Europe and beyond.

For SILKNOW, it was an excellent occasion to meet a variety of stakeholders and coordinators of other funded EU projects under H2020 or even FP7, participating in fostering creativity and connections across Europe. Through the presentations, panel discussions, project booths and B2B networking sessions, we were able to see the latest innovations in cultural heritage and we could engage with other researchers, policy makers, artists, start-ups, and EU representatives.

Europe for Culture workshop

SILKNOW presented the project at the Europe for Culture workshop on the 14th November 2018. This workshop was co-organized by three DGs: DG CONNECT, represented by Scientific Officer Albert Gauthier, DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, represented by Policy Officer Erminia Sciacchitano, and DG RTD, represented by Policy Officer Laura Hetel. In representation of a worldwide institution, Project Officer (Culture, UNESCO) Oriol Freixa Matalonga was also present. There, we had the chance to discuss how are we promoting conservation and understanding of silk heritage by applying next-generation ICT research. We discussed and learnt about the common challenges for H2020 Cultural Heritage projects in terms of exploitation of project results and IPR management and reusability of cultural content in research.

SURVEYS

Textile thesauri
We’re preparing a multilingual thesaurus specialized in historical silk. In order to obtain better results, we are going to analyze the international state of the art of textile thesauri. By filling-up this survey you will contribute to establish common points to enhance access and preservation of silk heritage.

SILKNOW users
We want to know more about our potential users in order to ameliorate our tools and materials. This survey will let us know what you are expecting of us and how can we improve.

SILKNOW Lyon meeting

Lyon meetingOn the 10th and 11th of September, SILKNOW held its second meeting in Lyon, France. It was hosted by CNRS-LARHRA, a project member, at the Maison des sciences de l’Homme Lyon.

The meeting was attended by leading institutions of the Lyon textile world, such as the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie Saint-Etienne, the Musée des Tissus de Lyon, the Musée de Bourgoin Jailleu and the Denis & fils SAS or the the Tissages Perrin . The Service Patrimoines et Inventaire général- Direction de la culture et du patrimoine- Région ARA, the President of the Commission Qualité et Technique d’Intersoie France and the Director of the Instituto Cervantes center in Lyon were also present at the meeting.

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SILKNOW Kick off meeting

From the 3rd to 4th May, SILKNOW celebrated its first meeting hosted by the project coordinators at the Universitat de València. Marcos Fernández and Ester Alba (UVEG) welcomed all participants to the kick off meeting of the project. Later on, all the partners gave a brief introduction of their institution and explained their main role in the project.

Later on, all partners enjoyed a private visit to our partner GARIN’s installations At GARIN, Elena Ribes, Garín’s CEO, explained all partners some technical aspects of ancient weaving techniques. She also showed ancient textiles collections and originaltechnical drawings.

Finally, the project officer of the project, Mr. Rodrigo Martín Galán, joined the meeting via a Skype videoconference. He explained in detail the overall procedures that the project has to follow.