Sustainable Fashion: Fabricademy à la carte

Bringing craftsmanship and technology together

The sustainability package explores the role of future eco-pioneers and material designers for a circular and sustainable textile and clothing field, bringing together craftsmanship knowledge and upcoming technologies.

Course Length

4 weeks (2 sessions per week) – From 10th October to 17th November 2020






Fab Lab Barcelona — IAAC

Admission Requirements

Artists, Fashion or Costume Designers, Engineers, Designers or Architects, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions, PhD candidates in applied research fields.

Are you interested in learning advanced skills offered by Fabricademy, Textile and Technology Academy, but you don’t have the time to attend the full course?

Fabricademy à la carte packages provide participants with a hybrid experience of online lectures and tutorials combined with intense “live” hands-on learning around specific topics.

Choose any of our three packages or create your own combination of weekly modules to enrich your personal journey and learn with us attending the program at one of our Nodes or from your own home laboratory!

About the course

The Sustainable Textiles package explores the role of future eco-pioneers and material designers for a circular and sustainable textile and clothing field, bringing together craftsmanship knowledge and upcoming technologies.

The 4 lectures and hands-on learning sessions offer a view on the past and future of sustainable craftsmanship: an array of techniques for environmentally friendly alternatives in the fields of biomaterials, pigment & dyes, modular reconfigurable laser cut designs and the solidification of soft fabrics into hard-structures.

Week 1: Circular Open Source Fashion

In this class the lecture will outline the systems behind fashion and the textile industry, focusing on alternative systems such as circular fashion, agile fashion, open value chains. The focus will be on creating modular elements, structures and connections that allow the user to change the shape of a garment, resize it or replace certain elements. Students will publish their creations on open source platforms and learn how to monitor and promote their creations in a distributed network.

Class outline

  • Intro teacher
  • Circular fashion
  • Hacking the fashion system
  • Agile fashion


  • Modular elements
  • Modular seams
  • References


  • 2d drawing software
  • Illustrator, rhino3d & grasshopper, solidworks


  • Laser cutter
  • Openfitlab


  • Sealing textiles, synthetic textiles that melt and seal the edges of the cut outs
  • Vegetable tanned leather (chrome tanned leather is toxic when heated)


  • Felt, natural and synthetic (preferably pla or other biodegardable felts)
  • Neoprene (check for composition that no toxic particle/fumes will be released when heated)

Week 2: Biochromes

The textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world, in which one the most environmentally disastrous processes is the dyeing of fibers and textiles of the clothes we wear. Chemicals are released daily in rivers and nature destroying the environment around us to satisfy the colour demands that we create as designers, industry and consumers. Very few options are being explored in this fast changing fashion, clothing and textile industry, and the list of chemical treatments is only expanding.

This class will focus on exploring colouring alternatives to the current ones. Bridging craftsmanship techniques and technology, to explore alternative colour sources and their processing. Ranging from plant based, insect base and bacteria based pigments.

Class outline

  • Overview and context: BioChromes
  • Dyes: Natural & bacterial
  • Base materials, animal fibers and vegetable fibers
  • Mordants
  • Color modifiers


  • Dyes from roots, leaves, flowers – recipes (madder, campeche, hibiscus, turmeric, alkanet)
  • Dyes from pigmented bacteria (overview, inspirational projects, recipes, instruction videos)
  • Inks: botanical (supports, mordants, color modifiers, stabilizers)


  • Natural dyes: madder root, alkanet roots, turmeric roots powder, hibiscus flowers, onion peels, campeche wood, weld plant, annatto seeds, mordants/scouring agents, ph modifiers
  • Bacterial dyes
  • Janthinobacterium lividum
  • Serratia (bio safety lvl 2) – ONLY if you have a biolab environment and are prepared to use biosafety lvl 2 organisms
  • Micrococcus luteus


  • LB Broth & Nutrient agar
  • Animal fibers/textiles
  • Wool, silk, camel hair, angora
  • Vegetable fibers/textiles
  • Cotton, linen, hemp, ramie *
  • Inks
  • Arabic gum
  • Salt
  • Ethanol 96%
  • Pipettes
  • Natural dyes and bacteria

Week 3: Biofabricating Materials

This last century we have been crafting, designing and growing materials independently from their future use. This has caused major design flaws in our daily lives, where we find ourselves surrounded by plastics, while observing knowledge about local materials and techniques disappear and left unused even when in abundance.

This class will focus on exploring material alternatives to the current ones. By bridging craftsmanship techniques and todays easier access to technologies, we explore alternative material resources in order to craft their processing and develop products and materials hand in hand.

Class outline

  • Overview and context: BioFabrication
  • BioFabricating materials
  • Crafted materials & Grown materials
  •  Processes


  • Bio-plastics (silicones  and resins): Gelatine, agar, alginate, bacterial leather, fish skin leather, mushroom leather, fruit leathers
  • Material Archives


  • Bio -plastics -resins -silicones
  • Gelatine
  • Agar
  • Alginate
  • Calcium chloride
  • Starch


  • Glycerine
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Pigments
  • Sodium carbonate

Week 4: Textile Scaffold

Technical textiles have various applications, among which agrotech, building, clothes, geotech, sports, healthcare. This class broadens the perspective of the techniques, processes and applications of technical textiles with references and inspiration of various disciplines. Students are asked to use textiles and fibers to create a textile scaffold or use textile as formwork for their structures.

Class outline

  • Technical textiles overview and applications
  • Crystallization
  • Textile formwork


  • Concrete casting
  • CNC milling
  • Composites


  • Polyester resin
  • Fabrics
  • Gelatine, cornstarch, agar agar
  • Borax, rochelle salt, potasium sodium, alum
  • Polyester resin


  • Concrete
  • Lycra fabric
  • Wooden block
  • Textile hardener
  • Vaccum bags
  • Bleed fabric

If you’d like to join only for one of the weeks, please let us know when filling the application form


Anastasia Pistofidou

Materials & Textiles Lead

OCT 2020 — NOV 2020

Want to know more about this course?

Luciana Asinari

Education Coordinator
[email protected]