Fabricademy is a 6-month educational programme at Waag that explores the intersection of textiles, digital fabrication and biology. The submission platform to join from September 2023 is now open. Find out more about the programme, the lab and its instructors or register today.

About Fabricademy

Fabricademy at Waag’s TextileLab Amsterdam

Fabricademy runs in various nodes all over the world. Waag’s TextileLab Amsterdam is one of the initial labs for textile, fashion and material designers. Here, researchers, artists, engineers and creatives explore the future of the textile and clothing industry. You can think of it as a playground for craftsmanship, heritage, technology, digital fabrication, shared knowledge and biology.

TextileLab Amsterdam, our base at the Waag and the city of Amsterdam, might make it extra appealing to follow Fabricademy with us. We will investigate how the textile and fashion industry can benefit from new technologies, processes and business models. TextileLab Amsterdam was founded by Cecilia Raspanti and Ista Boszhard in 2016.


The TextileLab in the historical Waag building in Amsterdam.

About the programme

Fabricademy offers a broad overview of the state of the art of the current industry. During the first three months (September – December), as a student you are provided with in-depth lectures in themes like circular fashion, wearable technology, bio-fabricating materials and sustainability. The workshops will give you the tools and the shared knowledge to develop your own in depth research project in the TextileLab. You also will obtain hands-on experience to work with digital fabrication tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers and CNC milling machines.

In the second part of the programme (January – April), it’s up to you to integrate the knowledge and tools into a personal project. You will be mentored by our dedicated instructors and pool of experts. It’s preferred to take the whole programme, but it’s also possible to subscribe for a subset.

The material archive in TextileLab Amsterdam.

Register now for Fabricademy 2023

Follow a subset of Fabricademy classes

Is this programme for me? 

Do you have a curious mindset? Are you critical, do you like working with your hands and are you disciplined in documenting the making process? Do you believe in open source and are you slightly autodidact? Then, Fabricademy is made for you!  Specific knowledge isn’t required. Being on the intersection of multiple disciplines, this programme suits a wide range of (educational) backgrounds and professions.


If you want to get in touch, if you have some more questions considering the program, or if you’re curious if Fabricademy is something for you: don’t hesitate to reach out. Mail to: textilelab@waag.org.



Cecilia Raspanti
Beatriz Sandini
Isabel Berentzen
Michelle Vossen

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What is Waag?

Waag Futurelab is a part research institute, part cultural organisation, that focuses on emerging technology, underlying assumptions, design, development and art, contributing to a more open, fair and inclusive society. It is accommodated in the oldest non-religious building of Amsterdam, the Waag, in the centre of the Nieuwmarkt square.

In this building, three of Waag’s labs can be found: the TextileLab Amsterdam, focusing on bridging the gap between textiles and technology, the FabLab for digital fabrication, and the Open Wetlab for biotechnology. Waag is not a school, but she intends to transfer her knowledge on the unique crossings of textiles, biotechnology, digital fabrication and more to anyone who wants to learn and to contribute to a better future. This is done, amongst others, through the internationally acknowledged academies: Fabricademy, Fab Academy and BioHack Academy.