Welcome to the exciting competition for aspiring textile design students or design newcomers! We are thrilled to see your interest in our design competition. You will soon be able to find out more about the jury members and the participants in the competition here.
This is the jury of the competition
Frédérique Thureau (TCBL) Sustainable T&C Business Advisor
Innovation strategies, business models, value chains and stakeholders’ecosystems to support the radical transformation of the industry’s responsibility towards environment (green) and society (equity).
Frédérique Thureau has been a marketing and business advisor for SMEs since 2008. Building on former expertise in the Luxury PPR group (now Kering), she has been since 2016 a partner of the Textile and Clothing Business Labs network (www.tcbl.eu). She is now working on building a bio-based, local and circular community in the T&C sector (Herewear), on fostering local and regenerative ecosystems (Fabrix), on practice-based sustainability programs for Universities and VET institutions (TexRev, Vetrine, Shoedes) and was formerly coordinating Shemakes, to empower future female innovators of the T&C sustainable transformation.
In parallel, she supports SMEs and startups at their early-stage development and teaches entrepreneurship-as-a-practice to engineers. She believes that human, environmental and social values are key to develop the impact economy of the 21st century.
Dr. Laetitia Forst (University of Arts London) Scientific textile design
Background in textile design, she graduated with a masters from ENSAD Paris in 2015. She went on to work as a freelance designer and consultant before starting her PhD research with the Centre for Circular Design, which she completed in 2020. One of her key interests is in the effects of sustainability ‘constraints’ on the creative process, considering how they can be drivers for innovation rather than limitations. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on two University of Arts London research projects: the Business of Fashion Textiles and Technology (BFTT) project with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and HEREWEAR with the Centre for Circular Design.
Saman Khodabandeh (Mitwill Textiles Europe) Digital & Sustainable Textile Microfactory
Textile engineer and manager, who graduated from University Albstadt-Sigmaringen in Germany. Experience and insights in the discounter textile business as buying product manager and junior sourcing manager Asia. Since 2020 business development and project manager at Mitwill Textiles in France. Contribution as a project manager to the participation of Mitwill in four EU projects and writing proposals, as well managing company projects for innovation, sustainability and digitization.
Dr. Prof. Christian Kaiser (University Albstadt-Sigmaringen) Professor
Dr. Prof. Christian Kaiser Professor is a professor at Albstadt-Sigmaringen University. After studying technical cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart, he completed his PHD at the German Institute for Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf. His research contributions include digital process chains, simulation-based fits for apparel as well as virtual sampling and photorealistic 3D visualisation. He is responsible for the teaching field of 3D simulation and 3D visualisation of clothing and textile products at Albstadt-Sigmaringen University. Another field of research is the small-scale production of textile products, especially microfactory concepts.