Renowned trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort presents the seminar “Gathering” Spring/Summer 2015 at Design Indaba in Cape Town on Saturday 1 March 2014 .The trend forecaster, educator, curator and publisher who is based in Paris, has years of experience in creative design and was chairwoman for ten years for the Design Academy Eindhoven. She co-founded Heartwear in 1993, a non-profit organisation where she promotes the continued production of artisan crafts from Morocco, Benin, South Africa and India. We are ever so lucky that Li Edelkoort is heading our way!
In an unstitched society suffering from a long lasting crisis that has made humans ferociously protective and arrogantly egocentric it is time for mending and gathering, restoring the fabric of society, picking up the pieces and bringing them together in a patchwork of possibilities, a quilt of substance, able to absorb shock. To layer and weave different entities and characters into one textile of existence, waiting to be embroidered. To veil one cloth with another in order to give colour to the human condition. To weave flexible three dimensional patterns into the development of enlightenment, able to structure the future To pleat and fold matter into newer, sharper form, to bring innovative architecture to life and design planning for society.
To crinkle up common beliefs by wrinkling texture and tarnishing metals into negligence, delivering a message of humble beauty. To stitch fresh cottons into armour, lending a robust hand to otherwise light weights. To gather linens into billowing beauty in order to control their volume. To frill heavier silks into amazing spheres of rustling matter running to the revival of a baroque momentum.
All these interventions on the surface of the fabric of our lives are meant to restore trust and faith in the capacity of humans to work and play together. To bring talent to the table and share it with all. To celebrate the possibilities that lay in front of us, ever more creative than in the recent past. All this three dimensional craftsmanship will somehow reinvigorate fashion with a fresh start, lending body and beauty to simple cloth, giving form and volume to basic sportswear and delivering exceptional grace to silks and synthetics. Reaching out to soften our hearts. Nothing will be left untouched.
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