Be part of the future of the clothing industry

Do you want to dye textile with living bacteria, 3D print new materials, investigate how to digitally draft patterns, and think about new production processes in the textile and fashion industry? Do you want to be part of the future of the clothing industry and a global network of pioneers?

Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, from the fashion industry all the way to the upcoming wearable market. The 2019-2020 edition of Fabricademy will start in September 2019. Find all information here.

Registration for Fabricademy 2019 are open!

What is the Fabricademy?

Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, in its broad range of applications, from the fashion industry and the upcoming wearable market. The two-phase programme will last six months, with approximately three months of seminars and learning modules and three months focusing on individual in-depth applied project research. 

What do you learn?

The Fabricademy is a 6-months course (at least three full days a week) during which you will learn about the techniques, processes, machines, and tools that impact the designing, prototyping of both experimental textiles and clothing. Together we will investigate how to digitally draft patterns, work with machines (like laser cutters and 3D printers), and explore options for new materials, how digital fabrication can be applied to textile processes and dyeing techniques with living bacteria and natural dyes. Always framed in the context of critically questioning the current textile and clothing industry, its values and the way it operates.

The programme is structured in two phases: a 13-weeks series of classes and a 10-weeks project development phase. The classes will be taught by worldwide experts in combination with local experts.

Who can follow the Fabricademy?

The Fabricademy is for fashion, textile, and material designers; researchers, artists, and engineers; and all creatives interested in exploring topics surrounding the textile and clothing, working inside and outside the industry. The workshops will give you the tools and knowledge to develop your own in depth research project during the 10-weeks project development. 

What do you need?

A strong interest in textiles, innovation, clothing, making, craftsmanship, and technology. An interest in experimental, cutting-edge techniques and a passion for learning about opportunities in the field from experts from all over the world.

When is it?

  • Start: September 25th, 2018;
  • On Tuesdays: global lectures and reviews;
  • On Wednesdays and Thursdays: local lectures will be held;
  • Machine support on Thursdays, Fridays or Mondays.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the programme is of 5,000 euro. The lab will be providing materials during the 13 weeks of global lectures and weekly assignments. Participants might be able to find financial support from:

What’s next?

After graduating from the Fabricademy, you will receive a Fabricademy Diploma, that will be handed over during the graduation ceremony. You’ll have gained unique and valuable experience in working in a process-oriented way in the Fablab, Open Wetlab and TextileLab.



In the introduction class we will introduce the team coordinating the academy and contextualize the scope of the program.

Class 1
Digital Bodies

This class introduces new digital tools that complement hand tools in order to design, represent, make and modify the human figure

Class 2
Circular Open Source Fashion

This lecture will outline the systems behind fashion and the textile industry, focusing on alternative systems.

Class 3
Bio dyes & Biofabrics

Focus on exploring material and colouring alternatives to the current ones.

Class 4
E-textiles & wearables I

We explore the use of soft circuits and sensors, to embed them into garments and wearables.

Class 5
Computational Couture

Explore computational design methods towards a new reinterpretation of fashion design

Class 6
Textile Scaffold

This class focuses on exploring techniques and applications of technical textiles in the industry.

Class 7
Open Source Hardware

This class focuses on the importance of the techniques, tools and machines that create traditional fabrics.

Class 8
E-textiles & Wearables II

This class will provide a more advanced coverage on soft sensors and actuators

Class 9
Implications and applications

this talk illustrates the challenges and opportunities emerging where (wearable) tech meets (fashion) design.

Class 10
Soft Robotics

This class will focus in the study of a specific field in robotics, soft robotics.

Class 11
Skin electronics

Explore collaboration with the biotech/tech companies and skin professionals such as makeup artists, prosthesis experts and tattooists

Class 12
Final presentations

Allows students to present the assignments developed during the classes.

Class 13

All information about the Fabricademy, lecturers and programme on:


Cecilia Raspanti
digital fabrication, new materials, bacteria dyeing
Ista Boszhard

Fabricademy is co-organised by the TextileLab Amsterdam at Waag and part of the researched activities of the European project: Textile & Clothing Business Labs (TCBL), that aims to renew the European Textile & Clothing sector by exploring new ways to design, make, work together and invent new business models.

eu-flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 646133.

Fabricademy for your organisation

Besides the annual Fabricademy at Waag we can also develop tailor-made programmes for your organisation in which part of the curriculum is taught. Contact us to explore the possibilities or discuss a specific question.

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