Educational Futures


14 — 15 october 2022


CONTEXTILE receives, in 2022 and for the first time, conversations about textile teaching and its artistic and cultural dimension, within the Textile Talks. Exclusively dedicated to Educational Futures, it proposes a program of sharing, exchange and discussion on the teaching-learning practices of Textile.

During two days, artists, specialists, schools and academies, from the USA, Ghana, Lithuania, Sweden, Poland and Portugal, will share good teaching practices in textile learning, discuss its specificities and methodologies, and understand the potential connections between textile and other artistic, social or technological modes of making.

Scientific Committee
Janis Jefferies (Goldsmith University, United Kingdom), Monika Grasiene (Universidade da Lituânia) e Natacha Antão (Universidade do Minho)

Invited speakers

Ibrahim Mahama was born in 1987 in Tamale, Ghana. He lives and works in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. His work has been represented in several international exhibitions, namely at the 22nd Sydney Biennale (2020), with “NIRIN”; “tomorrow there will be more of Us”, at the Stellenbosch Triennale (2020); “Future Genealogies, Tales from the Equatorial Line”, at the 6th Lubumbashi Biennial, Democratic Republic of Congo (2019); “Ghost Parliament”, The Whitworth, University of Manchester (2019); “Freedom from Ghana”, inaugural pavilion of Ghana, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); “Labor of Many”, Norval Foundation, Cape Town (2019); Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); “All the World’s Futures”, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015); “Artist’s Rooms”, K21, Dusseldorf (2015); “Material Effects”, The Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2015); “An Age of Our Own Making”, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen and Holbak (2016) and “Fracture”, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Israel (2016).
In March 2019, Ibrahim Mahama started Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) in Tamale, Ghana, followed by the opening of Red Clay in nearby Janna Kpeŋŋ in September 2020. Comprised of exhibition spaces, facilities for research and for artist residencies, both locations represent Mahama’s contribution to the development and expansion of the art scene.

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials — table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire.
Professor Emeritus, Fiber and Material Studies School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Svenja Keune is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, in Sweden and at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. During her phd project “On Textile Farming” within the MSCA ArcInTexETN she turned towards seeds as a potential biological alternative, and as a dynamic material for textile design. In order to explore alternative ways of living that the textile plant hybrids might propose, Svenja built and moved into a Tiny House on Wheels to live together with the research experiments. Svenja is currently working on ‘Designing and Living with Organisms (DLO)’, a 3 year project funded by an international postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council. To create community and discourse around multispecies design perspectives, approaches, and projects, she co-organised and co-created the I.N.S.E.C.T. Summercamp.

Artemis Papageorgiou
Artemis Papageorgiou is a media artist exploring the convergence of natural and computational systems inside the urban landscape. Her work spans installations, objects and textiles inspired by visions of collective inhabitation and collaborative creation, that combine computational with traditional tools. Artemis grounds her practice on scientific epistemologies that include participatory, hand-crafted, open-source and shared knowledges. Artemis holds a Diploma in Architecture from the Dept. of Architecture, University of Patras (2006) and an MFA in Computational Studio Arts, from Goldsmiths, University of London (2009). She is Associate Curator at the Biennale of Western Balkans and a member of the collective Mouries, a fluid group of women developing works around cohabitation with more-than-human lifeforms and plantlife in the city.

Céline Veríssimo
is an architect graduated by ARCA/ETAC (1996), obtained her MArch at the University of Chiba, Japan (2001) and her PhD at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit – University College London (2012). Recently, she developed a post-doctoral internship under the supervision of Boaventura de Sousa Santos at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 1999 and 2000 she trained at the architecture studios of Ken Yeang in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Shigeru Ban in Tokyo (Japan). Since 1996 she worked as an architect, researcher and lecturer in the areas of Design, Theory and History of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape and Urban Political Ecology in Norway, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, Portugal, Mozambique and Brasil. Since 2016, she has been deputy leader of the MALOCA Group for Multidisciplinary Studies in Southern Urbanisms and Architectures. She also collaborates with the research group ¡DALE! Decolonizing Latin America and Its Spaces. Recently appointed faculty member of Architecture and Urbanism Integrated Master at Universidade Portucalense, Porto.

Cristina Manhente 
Attended the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto (painting) and the Artistic School Soares dos Reis. She is a teacher at this same institution in which she has been teaching textile art for 25 years. 

2012 – Participation in the group exhibition Casa Museu Guerra Junqueira 
2012 – First prize in the Oral Health competition with a textile panel, the work was the cover of the edited book and was exhibited at the dentists’ convention at Centro Cultural de Belém 
2012 – Participation in the group exhibition at Forum da Maia 
2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022 Participation with my students at Contextile 2013 – Participation in the group exhibition at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto 
2015 – Participation with my students at the Port Wine Museum 
2016 – Participation in the group exhibition at the José Rodrigues Foundation 
2016 – Scenery for the Play “Teles from the Sea 
2017 – Wearable for Opera “Dido e Aeneas”. 
2017 – Workshop – organisation of textile workshops for children and adults 

Dominika Krogulska-Czekalska
doutorada em Artes, professora de design textil em Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts em Lódź, Decorative Textile Studio, onde explora os segredos e possibilidades de estruturas Jacquard, envolvendo os seus alunos nas investigações e na procura de formas não convencionais de aplicação desta tecnologia tradicional. Reflectir sobre o direito de criação de novos artefactos, resulta em prestar mais atenção aos comentários sobre a realidade circundante e à atitude acrítica, tanto como artista quanto como designer. A maioria está disposta a explorar o campo entre disciplinas, de preferência críticas mas também restaurativas.

Actualmente é directora do Instituto Têxtil na Faculdade de Design. 
Participou em exposições internacionais como a International Triennial of Tapestry em Łódź
(2016, 2019), exposição “For freedom” (2019), Textile Art of Today (2018-2019), “Departments open/Departments Closed” (co-curadora e participante), “The Polish School of Textile Art – Desa Unicum” 2020, 2021 e 2022, 2021 “BIEN Kranj” na Eslovénia – exposição individual – “Soft Woven Voices”. 2022- “Cod_a”, exposição individual, em Skierniewice, Polónia, exposição colectiva “Everything is a story of a certain love”, BWA Bydgoszcz.2022.

Prémio “Must Have” 2020 (co-autora) de design de cobertor, durante o Festival de Design de Lodz, juntamente com a sua aluna licenciada e o estúdio Most Studio.

Isabel Cabral 
is a Postdoctoral Fellow at 2C2T Centre for Textile Science and Technology, University of Minho, Portugal.
She has a PhD in Textile Engineering from University of Minho, Portugal with the thesis Dynamic Light Filters: Smart Materials Applied to Textile Design, holds a MSc in Space, Product and Communication Design from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain, and a degree in Industrial Design from Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal. Previous to her PhD, Cabral was a guest researcher at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden.
Her research is based on experimental practices in textile design and engineering, and her main research topics include smart and interactive textiles, textile coloration and surface manipulation through origami techniques. She is particularly interested in how the convergence of textile and technology may promote new means for interaction of people and environment.
Cabral published 1 book in Springer Series in Design and Innovation (2020) and actively disseminates her research in scientific journals and international conferences. She has also exhibited her work in Portugal and internationally, namely: Ikea Museum, Sweden (2017-2018); House of Music, Portugal (2017); Smart Textiles Salon, Belgium (2016); 18th UbiComp/ISWC, USA (2014); ETextile Cuvée, França (2014); MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Austria (2014).
She is also a guest lecturer and co-supervisor of MSc and PhD students at University of Minho and,  currently, she is a member of the 2C2T board, within the coordination team of Fiber-based Product Design and a member of the board of the Doctoral Program in Fashion Design – UMinho and UBI.

Isabel Quaresma 
is a Visual Artist, researcher and guest lecturer at FBAUP- Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, teaching the Curricular Unit of Built Textiles since 2017.  She has a Master’s Degree in Design and Printing Techniques from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and a Degree in Plastic Arts, in the Painting branch, from the same Faculty. She has a Course in Fashion Design from the Professional Training Centre for the Textile Industry – Citex.
She studied in Italy, where she took the Specialization Course in Disegno Tessile – Weaving, in the Fashion Academy of Florence, Italy. She was the invited artist at Contextile 2016.  She had the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, for her solo exhibition – Imprudent Territories, in that scope. She was selected for Contextile 2014 exhibiting her work in the International Exhibition. She has exhibited individually and in collective projects since 2002, her work is cited in catalogues and publications. She is director of the project Clima.studio, in which she carries out, free education programs.
She is interested in working in the transdisciplinary field generated by textiles, transforming vanished technologies and cultures into emerging fields through her practice. 

Jacinta Costa 
(Gaia, 1974). Professor and Coordinator of the Arts Department of the Higher School of Education (ESE) of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), teaching curricular units in the area of Design. She obtained the Title of Specialist in Design (2010), by the consortium of the Polytechnic Institutes of Bragança, Coimbra and Lisbon. Her research interests include the area of sustainability, namely the design of sustainable products, having collaborated in different research projects in several companies in the design of new products. She has been carrying out and exhibiting regularly since 2000 in partnership with Carlos Costa in product, industrial and communication design projects, installations, sculptures and author pieces, where she explores different materials and techniques in the execution of her works in search of new formal and expressive languages.

Carlos Casimiro da Costa 
(Porto, 1970). Professor and Coordinator of the at the Department of Arts & Humanities in the School of Communication, Administration and Tourism (EsACT) of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB). He is a member of the Vice-Presidency team of Innovative Formation (IF) since 2018 at the IPB. He was a Visiting Professor at Maputo University in Mozambique, is also a visiting Professor at the Product and Industrial Design Master at the Faculty of engineering + Faculty of Fine-Arts (University of Porto) since 2012. His research interests focus on themes confluent to domestic landscape, sustainable design, social innovation and alternative future scenarios (renewable energies) towards more sustainable models. 

Janis Jefferies 
is a writer, curator and artists, emeritus professor of visual art. For 30 years she worked at Goldsmiths, University of London leading textile, art, computing and research programmes. She has published and exhibited internationally since 1980, most recently in 2019. The Enchantment of Cloth (with Prof Barbara Layne), the Central de Diseo, Madrid (August) and 5th International Art and Science Exhibition and Symposium, Tsinghua University and National Museum of China, Beijing. Recent publications include 2020. Jefferies & Weinberg. ‘Around the World in 80 Biennials: Curating Lausanne, Hangzhou, Kaunas.’ in A Companion to Textile Culture, ed. Jennifer Harris. Wiley Publishers, 2019 ‘Textile Modernism: Transcultural readings of Maryn Varbanov and abstract weaving from East to East, from Local to Global’ in ed. Prof. Dr. Bu Dogramaci (Institut für Kunstgeschichte, LMU München).Textile Modernism for Bohlau Verlag’s, German and English and 2019 ‘Polish Ghosts’ in Abakanowicz: Metamorfizm/Metamorphism, ed. Marta Koweskla, Centralne Muzeum Włokiennictwa w Łodzi and many reviews for Textile: Journal of Cloth & Culture, Textile History, Textile Research and Surface Design USA, In 2019, Jefferies curated Breaching Borders, the National exhibition of Polish Tapestry, City Art Gallery, part of the 16thInternational Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland and was the first international curator, Fibre Art Triennial, Hangzhou, China, 2013. She is Co-Chief Editor of the Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of World Textiles with Dr Vivienne Richmond (due December 2023).

Lala de Dios 
is an art historian by education and a vocational weaver. She teaches and lectures on textile art, design and crafts both at her country and abroad (Andalusian Centre for Contemporary Art, Seville, 2022; National Museum of Decorative Arts, Madrid, 2021; China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and University of Guangzhou, 2019; Tama Art University in Tokio and Yamagata School of Art&Design, Japan, 2018; Textile Talks Contextile 2020 and 2018, Guimaräes, Portugal…). She has curated a number of national and international exhibitions and events (Fine Tuning, 2022; Peninsulares 2022, 2021 and 2013, Spain and Portugal; Pushing the Limits, online, 2020 ongoing; Loose Ends, Guimaräes, 2014…). Member of the jury of several editions of Contextile, Art al Vent and the WTA Biennial editions in Costa Rica and Colombia.

She has worked in cooperation for development projects in Africa and South America, an experience which has greatly enriched her understanding of textile practices in widely different local contexts. Co-founder and current chairwoman of Asociación para la Creación Textil (former Asociación de Creadores Textiles de Madrid). President of the Spanish National Arts&Crafts Organization. Former president of the European Textile Network ETN from 1997 to 2019 where she now sits at the Advisory Council. Member -among others- of Madrid Designers Association DIMAD and Women in Visual Arts MAV.

Margarida Fernandes
Teacher in Textile Design at the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco.
PhD in Design.
Coordinator Batchelor and Master Fashion and Textile.

Mónica Faria

(Espinho, 1979) studied Fine Arts – Sculpture at FBAUP (2005), developed her MA in Visual Arts Education at FPCEUP (2010), FCT scholarship (2012-2016) and completed her PhD in Art Education at FBAUP (2016). She participated in the artistic residence Peninsulares – Contextile/Estúdio Índigo/Museu Nacional de Artes Decorativas Madrid (2021). She is currently a Visiting Professor Equivalent to Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design, University of Minho.

Joana Cunha
Porto, 4.6.1967
Assistant Professor at the University of Minho – department of Textile Engineering, teaching Textile and Fashion design. PhD in Textile Engineering – branch Design and Marketing from the University of Minho in 2003, she started her teaching career in 1992. She is an integrated researcher at the Textile Science and Technology Center of the University of Minho, where she develops research in the following areas of Textile and Fashion Design: Surface Design; Design Methods; Interfaces between Textile and Fashion Design, Art and Technology; Emotional Design and Co-Design.

Monika Žaltauskaitė Grašienė ŽALTĖ 
is an artist and the Associate Professor, Head of Textile Department of Textile Department, Kaunas Faculty, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania. Program Leader -Textile Art and Media  in Vilnius Academy of Arts Kaunas Faculty.  Since 2013 she has been a border member of the organizational committee of the Kaunas Biennial. She has curate and managed a number of local, national and international exhibitions and projects. Her focus is on building international relations between students, artists, organisations and cultural operators through interdisciplinary art projects, artist promotion and networking. Her artworks presented and awarded at solo and group exhibitions worldwide: Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Austria, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden,  Great Britain, Sweden, Belgium, France, Irealand, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Iran, India, Japan, USA etc.

Natacha Antão Moutinho 
is a painter, an integrated researcher at Lab2PT (Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory) and an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho (UM), Portugal, where she teaches since 2006. Is an associate of APCor – Portuguese Colour Association since 2003; Is editor of PSIAX, an active journal since 2002, publishing studies and reflections on drawing and image.
She finished her PhD in 2016, in Fine Arts – Drawing specialty, at FBA Lisbon University, under the subject “Colour in the creative process” – an investigation about the space of colour in the architectural drawing.
Her most recent interests focus on the research practices through walking, developing research, artistic projects and teaching methodologies. In this context, she is co-organizer, since 2018, of the international project The Walking Body, where meetings of walking artists are promoted, for the realization of disruptive and exploratory workshops and artistic projects focused in walking. Also, in this subject, she co-organised the international meeting Drifting Bodies, Fluent Spaces. Both projects are accessible at https://walk.lab2pt.net/

Rita Salvado 
(Portuguese, 1969)
Director of the Museu de Lanifícios da Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI). Assistant Professor at the Department of Textile Science and Technology and researcher at LabCom – Communication and Arts, at UBI. She also coordinates the PhD in Fashion Design at UBI. She develops research in the synergy between Textile Engineering, Design and Industrial Heritage, applied to wearable technology and cultural enhancement. She cooperates with companies in R&D projects and in actions of knowledge transfer. It focuses on the projective dimension of the Museum of Lanifícios’ collection, in particular the study of the collection of fabrics and historical threads and the development of products and services, educational and cultural tourism, which are articulated with the promotion of the Wool Route – TRANSLANA.

Susana Milão
She has a degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto and a Master in Rehabilitation of the Built Heritage with the dissertation “The Creative City and the models of urban regeneration” and a PhD from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto with thesis and research linked to the problems of “Places of Exchange”. 
She has experience as a university lecturer since 2000 at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto in the area of Architecture and Cultural Production and in academic and cultural management. Currently she is an integrated professor in the Department of Architecture and Multimedia Gallaecia of Universidade Portucalense.
She is a founding member of IDEIAS EMERGENTES, CRL being currently president of the board and responsible for integrated projects. In 2012, she presented a proposal to the European Capital of Culture Guimarães, and since then she is a member of the board of Contextile Biennale and coordinator of the exhibition projects. She also assumed the curatorship and artistic direction of some artistic projects.

Susana Pires 

Born in Évora in 1980. Lives and works in Lisbon. She has a PhD in Fine Arts Painting and is an invited assistant professor of Tapestry at Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. In a work that presents itself through drawing, sculpture and installation, she assumes the textile as discursive materiality. 
She was part of the Jovens Criadores 2003 selections, the Anteciparte 2005 awards and the Contextile2016 biennial. She exhibits regularly since 2003 and has her work represented in several public and private collections. In 2017 she was curator of the exhibition “O Ponto e o Píxel” that integrates the CTTs collection in the permanent exhibition Museu da Tapeçaria de Portalegre – Guy Fino and in 2021 she integrated the organization of the meeting ” Ponto – Textile Art in Perspective”, in Arraiolos. 

Svenja Keune
Svenja Keune is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, in Sweden and at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. During her phd project “On Textile Farming” within the MSCA ArcInTexETN she turned towards seeds as a potential biological alternative, and as a dynamic material for textile design. In order to explore alternative ways of living that the textile plant hybrids might propose, Svenja built and moved into a Tiny House on Wheels to live together with the research experiments. Svenja is currently working on ‘Designing and Living with Organisms (DLO)’, a 3 year project funded by an international postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council. To create community and discourse around multispecies design perspectives, approaches, and projects, she co-organised and co-created the I.N.S.E.C.T. Summercamp.