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. 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: 

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Accommodation and information

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.

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

Debera Johnston, Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS),  NYC sharing their Sustainable Design Philosophy


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: Course Leader MA Design, Bath Spa University presents Too nice to use? Timeless but contemporary design

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


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