The School Review is one of the key events of the festival. It allows art schools to  establish cooperation and confront their curricula and teaching methods, to exchange thoughts and experiences. It is a great opportunity to promote themselves and to show their accomplishments. Multimedia shows and exhibitions present the works of the most talented students, and that is how the most fundamental aim of the Festival is realized – to discover young talents.

This year, the theme of the School Review is “Textile”.

We decided to focus on the tradition of teaching textile design. There aren’t many things in our every day life that have a history as long as textiles. They have been part of our lives for eight thousand years. Starting with primitive pleats, made with natural materials such as grass, fibres, flexible twigs, all the way to the newest discoveries from NASA and sports laboratories, they fulfill our practical needs and at the same time play the decorative and artistic function. They continuously evolve, yet manage to retain their identity: they use ever newer materials and technologies that respond to the changing human needs and expectations. They live continuously. They surprise us by embracing new forms, patterns, colours and functions.

During the School Review, we decided to take a closer look at textiles and their meaning nowadays as well as at the directions in which they are evolving. Is it an area of discovering new possibilities, implementation of innovative projects, a field of aesthetic aspirations, or is it just a historic artifact which can be honoured, but is no longer a design challenge? Each of these possibilities is a description and an expression of change. The change of human expectations, their aspirations and needs. It is still too early to part with textiles. Those who foresee new trends promise their great comeback. What do modern textiles say about us? What do students try to say when working with them? Let’s bring textiles back to Łódź which was once the heart of textile industry.


Łódź, Strzeminski Academy of Art, Faculty of Textile Art and Fashion Design
Anna Szydłowska / Daria Balińska / Katarzyna Staryk / Alicja Łaciak / Małgorzata Mróz / Aleksandra Barańska / Milena Wiaderek / Walentyna Balcerzak

Poznań, University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Architecture and Design
Magdalena Ataman / Weronika Sochacka / Małgorzata Masłowska

Koszalin, Technical University of Koszalin, Design Institute, Dress and Costume Design Studio
Marika Lewandowska / Marcin Sutuła / Aleksandra Groś / Anna Szklińska

Denmark, Kolding, Kolding School of Design, Textile design
Dorte Agergaard Jensen

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Joshua Enker / Pablo Londonno Sarria

United Kingdom, London, University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins College
Myrza de Muynck / Helen BullockShoun SamsonPhoebe English


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