the research trip and residency

Research trip and project concept to date

Ismini Samanidou will visit Dhaka, Bangladesh for 60 days during which time she will undertake a textile residency at the College of Textile Engineering and Technology. The purpose of this residency is to create a platform for an integrated cultural exchange. Both parties will have the opportunity to learn from each other’s practices, culture and background. During her stay in Bangladesh, Ismini will provide valuable design workshops to students and she will also have time to work on her own creative practice using the College’s weaving materials, drawing on skills and traditions that she encounters during her residency.

During this programme Ismini will work at the College of Textile Engineering and Technology teaching design workshops to students as well as giving them personal feedback as a tutor/adviser. She will have her own studio in the College where she can work on her own practice. She will draw on her experience of Bangladesh – the visits and touring undertaken during the first half of her stay – to inspire work possibly produced on the College’s looms.

The output of Ismini’s residency will be eligible to be toured around Central and South Asia as part of a fashion and textiles exhibition which is currently underdevelopment and which may be showcased in a gallery space or shop in the UK alongside a publication of the project. Ismini Samanidou agrees to loan any work relating to the residency to the British Council for this exhibition.

As part of this project Ismini and the British Council Bangladesh will identify one textile craftsperson (this could be a weaver, natural dyer or any other practitioner determined appropriate) to return to the UK and undergo a similarly formatted residency with the Textile Department at Falmouth University.

The Brief

To undertake a 60 day research visit and residency to Bangladesh, which will include meetings in and tours of Dhaka. This trip will involve the following visits, meetings, presentations and events:

  • A series of eight workshops teaching the proposed Design Toolbox exercise to groups of 30 students, to total 100 students from the College of Textile Engineering and Technology.
  • A maximum of five additional workshops for students from private institutions in Dhaka. This is to be discussed in greater depth after Ismini has had a chance to facilitate her initial workshops, and gain feedback from them.
  • The presentation of a seminar discussing your work and/or the state of textile design/design in the UK. This presentation will take the form of a seminar to be offered to groups other than those from the college, e.g. to industry professionals, private institutions, etc.
  • A programme of visits to and meetings with local craft centres around the city of Dhaka in order to understand the context of the capital city.
  • A minimum of two longer stay (up to 3 days in a week) internships/work exchanges with relevant businesses in Dhaka, e.g. Aronya, Jute Diversification Promotion Centre
  • Consulting in the selection of one Bangladeshi craftsperson to return to the UK for a month-long residency at Falmouth University.
  • Upon return, to act as a contact and mentor for the returning Bangladeshi resident during their stay at Falmouth University.

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