Native

Young design aiming for Europe

ACTE support young talented designers to reach out and create success. Through the Native project, designers will enjoy an educational program inspired and supported by expert mentors. A digital artistic residency at a fashion company and finally a virtual exhibition to display their work.

During the digital residency, the designers partnered with a selected textile company will create and produce a collection. This will be displayed at the end of the project in a virtual exhibition reaching European cities and international audience.

Connecting and networking
Native aims to develop talents through mentorship and inspiration. The project helps to connect mentors and creative residences at fashion companies with artistic and cultural institutions as well as organisations connected to the design and fashion industry in Italy, Poland, Sweden and Spain. Each of the selected young designers will get the opportunity to benefit from hard-earned commercial knowledge and experience.

Portraits of the ten designers of the native project
The ten designers of Native

NATIVE also aims for an intercultural and generational dialogue. We want to increase the understanding of cultural diversity among young designers, as the project also strengthens networking and communication skills. All this will hopefully help the designers and give them an opportunity to enter new markets.

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The project is planned to be completed at some time in 2021/2022, in connection with a virtual exhibition to display the collections. The big final will be held when the designers’ work is shown at the fashion competition Rebelpin. This all will be held as digital events where public can vote for the public vote award winner.
All planning is currently somewhat flexible, due to the current Covid-19 situation.

FACTS:
– The Native project is co-funded by the European Union’s “Creative Europe” programme. This aims to develop the competence of designers in the design industry sector, as well as to facilitate the integration of creative knowledge and skills in the fashion industry in SMEs (small and medium-sized companies).
– The City of Borås is leading the project, in which the Italian city of Prato, the Polish Academy Sztuk Pięknych, the Catalan fashion cluster MODACC and other members of the European textile network ACTE also are participating.
– Together with “Creative Europe”, several young European designers are selected. The designers will create and produce their own collection, through digital residencies at SMEs in the fashion sector.
– Native enables the exchange of talent and experience in Europe. The project also promote intercultural exchange.