Feel the Yarn is a training project aimed at helping aspiring knitwear designers from some prestigious international fashion and design schools to deep their knowledge on yarns and materials.
The project, divided into two phases, started in March with a training visit toTuscany, during which 20 young designers have been introduced to the world of fibers, colors and yarns creativity by Ornella Bignami, project tutor and coordinator of the initiative. Students visited thePratoproduction district and met Tuscan spinners in order to acquire a wide knowledge of all design and production phases of a knitwear yarn.
The students who participate come from BIFT – Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (China), Bunka Fashion College (Japan), , Parsons The New School for Design (USA), Polimoda (Italy), Royal College of Art (UK), Fashion·Art Design Institute of Donghua University (China), Hochschule Niederrhein – University of Applied Sciences – faculty 07 (Germany), Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst (Switzerland), SANTA MARCELINA (Brazil), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Institute of Textiles and Clothing (China).
During the second phase of the project each student designed and produced 3 knitted outfits, inspired by the thematic “From material to immaterial”, using yarns from one of the participating Tuscan spinners such as Filati BE.MI.VA., Filati Biagioli Modesto, Filpucci, GI.TI.BI. Filati, Ilaria Manifatture Lane, Industria Italiana Filati, Lanificio dell’Olivo, Giorgini Filati, Linsieme Filati, Manifattura Igea, New Mill/Fashion Mill, Pecci Filati, Pinori Filati.
The outfits have been exhibited, partly in a dedicated area and partly in the stand of each Tuscan spinner, during Pitti Filati, from July 4th to 6th, 2012. The designer of the most voted outfit is been awarded the prize as the winner of this creativity contest. The award ceremony will took place on July 6th at 10 am at Feel the Yarn stand in Pitti Filati.
Since March 2012 the new blog and social network www.feeltheyarn.it, is on line to make the master be known on the web and to help young designers to have a showcase for the production of their first collections