Conference Programme Outline

Linen Biennale Conference 3rd and 4th October 2018


Accommodation and information


RECALL / DAY 1 Morning:

Welcome from British Council & ACNI

Session chaired by Valerie Wilson of Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and speakers include

Sylvie de Coster: Conservator Texture Flax Museum Coutrai/ Kortrijk who is Celebrating the Past, Present & Future of Flax

Mary Mullin, Trustee: Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation & Chairman of Sir Misha Black Awards for Distinguished Services to Design Ed. Talking about Longevity of Design

Mario Sierra of Mourne Textiles in conversation with Fiona McKelvie

Patricia Belford of University of Ulster sharing Linen Lace Liddell: archives and her research informing practice.


RETHINK / DAY 1 Afternoon:

Chaired by Chris McCreery -NI Science Festival and speakers include:

Gill Gledhill:  UK & Ireland strategic partner, the European Confederation of Flax & Hemp, CELC. Speaking on Design-led Fibre / Materials Promotion: The CELC’s “I Love Linen Campaign”

Malgorzata Zimniewska: Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants, Poznan sharing the Flax ‘Story’: A truly European Fibre

Adrien Landry, Montreal on Establishing the Canadian Linen Biennale

Tara St. James,  PRATT Institute: S Lab (Sustainable Textile Lab)


7pm Conference Dinner with entertainment at Tap Room at Hilden Brewery


RE-FORM / DAY 2 Morning:

Chaired by a representative of the Textile Institute, UK.

Christien Meindertsma, Netherlands sharing her Design Process: From Flax seed to product

Elkes van Veghel:  Head of the Museum Department, Textiel Museum, Tilburg on Collaborative Textile-led Design Innovation

Stijin Roodnat: Label / Breed, (Studio) Amsterdam sharing Design-led Interventions in Industry

Lisa Bloomer: Chelsea School of Art, Fashioned from Nature: Collaboration with CELC

Tim Parry-Williams: Course Leader MA Design, Bath Spa University presents “Too nice to use’? – Beautility – Refashioning interior textile aesthetics”

Brian Anderson: Ass Prof Ind. Design, Uni Illinois  on Extraordinary Ordinary: New 3D Composites


RE-FORM/ DAY Afternoon:

Chaired by Linda Jamison from Invest NI

Dilip Tambyrajah, Netherlands on Crossing Boundaries: Shared Language

Gareth Davies: Composites Evolution (UK) sharing New flax materials process & applications

Kevin Hendrickx (CELC, Paris) explains Flax Composite Innovation



With a representative of Inside Composites

Linda Jamison    Invest NI

Kevin Hendrickx (CELC, Paris),CELC

Christien Meindertsma, Practitioner

Brian Anderson Ass Prof Ind. Design, University of Illinois

Tara St. James,  PRATT Institute: S Lab (Sustainable Textile Lab)



6.00pm Bus Departs to PRONI, Titanic Quarter, Belfast

7.15 pm Linen Futures: Fashion Showcase