technical textiles: workshop and talk schedule


Here is the full schedule for technical textiles this weekend. All events are located at at Koloniestraße 10, 13357 Berlin. Entry is free for all three days, each workshop has various costs for materials, please click through.

Thursday, April 11th, 13:00 – 21:00 Art Gallery open

Friday, April 12th, 13:00 – 21:00 Art Gallery open

Saturday, April 13th, 13:00 – 22:00 :

Fabienne Serrière’s quick welcome intro 13:00 (5 minutes)
Martin Schneider’s TurtleCraft Embroidery Workshop 13:00 – open end
Victoria Pawlik’s Introduction to Adding Random Patterns and Texture to Knitwear workshop 14:00
Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet’s talk via video chat about 15:00
Veronika Persché’s talk about her textile design via video chat  15:30
Victoria Pawlik’s Introduction to Knitweave on Brother Knitting Machines workshop 16:00
Fabienne Serrière’s demo of double bed jacquard workshop on hacked kh930  17:00 – 18:00
Closing party finissage with art viewing and vegan snacks 19:00 – 22:00

All times Berlin time, aka UTC+2 aka CEST.

technical textiles: the artists, Fabienne Serrière


Two pieces from the seashell stoles series, Cymbiola vespertilio 00 and Cymbiola vespertilio 01

Hardware hacker and textile nerd Fabienne Serrière creates software scripted works for knitting on her hacked knitting machine and is a member of She enjoys open sourcing her work so that others can make new and strange things she never dreamed of. Fabienne is organizing this event and will be showing two new works in her seashell stole series, and pieces from her line of club-mate cosies,  as well as many samples. On Saturday she will do a hands-on demo of double bed jacquard on a hacked KH930 knitting machine.  She will be on site to answer questions about all the works all three days and is the designated gallery sitter.

Workshop: Demo of double bed jacquard on a hacked KH930

17:00-18:00 Saturday, April 13th, at

This is a hands-on workshop demonstrating how double bed jacquard on a hacked KH930 knitting machine works. See in person how to knit arbitrary two color images (no need for color changing in a row) on a consumer knitting machine. No sign up required, and the workshop is free. Ask questions, try a couple of rows of knitting yourself, and learn all kinds of fun knitting machine terminology.

technical textiles: the artists, Victoria Pawlik


Textile and clothing designer Victoria Pawlik creates textured and sumptuous wearable designs in Berlin and is a founding member of Her works can be purchased through her etsy shop and in person at technical textiles. During technical textiles, Victoria will be running two hands-on workshops for the knitweave technique. Artwork from her “Welcome to Mongolia” masters diploma collection will be on display at technical textiles, as well as her ready to wear pieces and many of her samples. She will be around all three days of technical textiles to answer questions.

What follows is a description and information for each of her two workshops on Saturday, April 13th.

Introduction to Adding Random Patterns and Texture to Knitwear

2pm/14Uhr, Saturday, April 13th, at

Short introduction to adding pattern to single coloured yarns during knitting on the brother machine with different threads
and adding texture/faking knitweave mit different threads, fabric, wire and other materials
(also useful for hand knitting)
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technical textiles: the artists, Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet

One piece from the SPAMpoetry collection

Two artists, Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet have collaborated together on three of the works displayed at technical textiles from a collection of works titled SPAMpoetry. Varvara Guljajeva is a prolific artist who crosses technological boundaries with her various works. Mar Canet is also a cross disciplinary artist with a wide breadth of themes in his artwork. At technical textiles, they will be appearing via video chat for a talk about their work with hacked knitting machines and open sourcing knitting machines. Their project replaces the guts of existing knitting machines with open source modern microcontrollers and sensors for updated possibilities and ease of use.

technical textiles: the artists, Martin Schneider


A TurtleCraft embroidery example: spirograph-like scripted pattern for hand embroidery by Martin Schneider

Martin Schneider, the creative person behind @bitcraftlab and the bitcraft blog will be running a computer generated hand embroidery workshop during technical textiles.
What follows is a description of his workshop and the information on signing up. Please join us Saturday, April 13th for Martin’s workshop and more talks and workshops during technical textiles.

Please make sure to sign up in advance, since the size of the TurtleCraft Embroidery Workshop is quite limited.

TurtleCraft Embroidery Workshop


Learn how to use algorithms, mathematics and little turtles to create hand embroidery patterns with the computer and stitch them right away!

We will be using the TurtleCraft Sandbox, an open source software that lets you create
embroidery patterns right in your browser. Have a look at the Turtle Craft Wiki to find out what this is all about.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thank you to the ETIB for providing fabric, needles and thread!

A special thank you to Neptun Technologies for sponsoring us and for providing us with their magic paper, officially know as “Wasserlösliches Stickpapier” (water soluble embroidery paper). You can find their online shop here.

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technical textiles: the artists, Veronika Persché

Portrait of Ute Bock by Veronika Persché

One of the artists joining us at technical textiles is Veronika Persché. She takes textile design to new heights, with textures and colors that delight the senses. Please come see her exquisite fabrics and textile pieces in person during either the gallery show (April 11th/April 12th) or during the finissage on the evening of April 13th. More of her work is cataloged on her website:

technical textiles: in Berlin, April 11-13, 2013

Please join me for technical textiles, featuring artwork, workshops, and talks by:

Veronika Persché
Martin Schneider  @bitcraftlab
Varvara Guljajeva   @varvara_g
Mar Canet  @mcanet
Victoria Pawlik
Fabienne Serrière  @fbz

technical textiles is a mini event here in Berlin on April 11-13, 2013 at located at Koloniestrasse 10 in the neighborhood of Wedding. April 11 and April 12 technical textiles will be an art gallery show located at open from 13:00 to 21:00 each day Thursday and Friday with free entry. April 13th, technical textiles will have talks (some via video chat) and hands-on workshops from the artists, also located at Schedule for the talks and workshops will be posted shortly. Entry is free, each workshop has a small fee for supplies, please see description for each workshop. A closing party for technical textiles will take place on the evening of April 13th from 19:00 to 22:00 where the works can once again be viewed, once again at Please join us and revel in our love for textiles and digital processes.