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Workshop on Fashion and Technology at Design Foundation Turkey 2015

The Turkish Design Foundation is located in Istanbul and have facilities in Bodrum, Turkey too. It was established by Faruk Malhan founder of Koleksiyon who have an unrivalled reputation for delivering design and service excellence to clients since 1972. The Foundation organises events integrating creative industries and creative economies. It aspires to raise awareness for local, universal and environmental values.

The goal of the workshop was to actively explore the realm of wearable computing, the possibilities it holds for dynamic human communication and expression, and extend the vocabulary of Fashion Literacy. Through unusual applications of existing technologies and the imaginative prototyping of future technologies we developed together new visions for the future of fashion, clothing and body adornment. 

The Turkish Design Foundation

Through Design Workshop studies, The Design Foundation grants theoretical and experimental references within the disciplines of design, arts, crafts, architecture and governance. Design Workshops; is a human-centered project aiming for designs which will embody experientiality, conceptuality and contextuality, integrating with values habituated by its place. Design Workshops do not perform object-oriented studies; the values and the contexts of the object are articulated; rather than producing goods, it aims for creating product, service, experience, inspiration, culture and value-added employment.

The Theme of the Workshop

Placed in the beautiful landscape surrounding the port of Bodrum, this workshop was designed with emphasis on creating a collaborative atmosphere to help foster a community of interest for wearable computing and digitally mediated Interaction. The mantra for the workshop was: You’ve spent a lifetime designing yourself; this is the workshop for imagining how wearable computing will let us enhance that identity, allow us to explore alternatives, and try on new ones!

Workshop design, concept and leadership: Hanne-Louise Johannesen and Michel Guglielmi (Diffus Design)
Partners: Design Foundation Turkey and Gökhan Mura, Vice Dean, Izmir University of Economics Faculty of Fine Arts and Design and Head of Department of Visual Communication Design