Linen Biennale Conference 2018

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Date(s) - 03/10/2018 - 04/10/2018
All Day

Lisburn Civic Centre


This ​ is​  a two day conference ​to be ​held in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 3rd and 4th October 2018 during the Northern Ireland Linen Biennale. Using the discount code of EARLYBIRDLB18 will reduce the ticket price by 10%.  This is available until 31st July 2018.  Book your tickets here 

The Biennale Conference aims to expand new thinking associated with Ireland’s oldest textile. The conference reaches out to stimulate collaboration between industry, trade bodies and academia with a focus on the fields of technology, design and research that will inform the creative industries and the wider economy.

Through engagement with local and international practitioners and audiences, the overall conference programme aims to foster fresh approaches to an ancient and truly European fibre, that represents an environmentally friendly material, with an authentic local story.

The conference provides opportunities for industry, academia, research professionals and students to share their recent research on the key themes:

Recall:     To celebrate linen and flax fibre heritage through design that emphasises the longevity, durability and timeless quality of linen.

Rethink:   To increase awareness, of the importance of textiles within our everyday lives and of the particular attributes of linen and flax fibre for a range of artefacts and design-led product innovations.

Reform:   To communicate the value of textiles, eroded through globalisation, through the recognition of linen/flax fibre as a relatively sustainable material. And to emphasise the ethos of a ‘slower’ more responsible approach to the development of value-added product to include new flax fibre applications such as composite materials.

Conference tickets: 

Using the discount code of EARLYBIRDLB18 will reduce the ticket prices by 10%.  This is available until 31st July 2018.


One of the keynote speakers will be:

Christien Meindertsma

Dutch artist and designer, who explores the life of products and raw materials. In doing so she aims to regain understanding of processes that have become waned due to industrialisation. Her work has been exhibited in MOMA (New York), The V&A (London) and the Cooper Hewitt Design museum (New York). She has been artist in residence at Textielmuseum Tilburg.

Other speakers include:

Dilip Tambyrajah – Secretary General at International Natural Fibre Organisation

Patricia Belford -Textile designer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ulster

Debera Johnson – Academic Director of Sustainability, Pratt Institute.

Tim Parry-Williams – Course leader MA Design Fashion and Textiles, Bath Spa University

Sylvie De Coster – Conservator and Curator Texture Flax Museum Coutrai/Kortrijk

Malgorzata Zimniewska – Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Ponzan

Adrien Landry – Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles

Mary Mullin – Lucienne & Robin Day Foundation & Chair of Sir Misha Black Awards for Distinguished Services to Design Ed.

Gill Gledhill – UK & Ireland strategic partner, the European Confederation of Flax & Hemp, CELC

Elkes van Veghel – Head of Textiel Museum, Tilburg

Mario Sierra – Creative Director, Mourne Textiles

Lisa Bloomer – M Des RCA, Textile artist and lecturer

Stijn Roodnat – Creative Director, Label/Breed

Brian Anderson – Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, University of Illinois

Gareth Davies – Composites Evolution (UK)

Tara St. James – Research Fellow, Pratt Institute

Kevin Hendrickx – Expert of the European Scientific Committee at CELC


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