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Linen Biennale Conference 2018

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Lagan Valley Island
1, The Island, Lisburn, BT27 4RL
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This is a two day conference to be held in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 3rd and 4th October 2018 during the Northern Ireland Linen Biennale. 

The Biennale Conference aims to expand new thinking associated with Ireland’s oldest textile. The conference reaches out to stimulate collaboration between industry, trade bodies and academia with a focus on the fields of technology, design and research that will inform the creative industries and the wider economy.

Through engagement with local and international practitioners and audiences, the overall conference programme aims to foster fresh approaches to an ancient and truly European fibre, that represents an environmentally friendly material, with an authentic local story.

The conference provides opportunities for industry, academia, research professionals and students to share their recent research on the key themes:

Recall: To celebrate linen and flax fibre heritage through design that emphasises the longevity, durability and timeless quality of linen.

Rethink: To increase awareness, of the importance of textiles within our everyday lives and of the particular attributes of linen and flax fibre for a range of artefacts and design-led product innovations.

Reform: To communicate the value of textiles, eroded through globalisation, through the recognition of linen/flax fibre as a relatively sustainable material. And to emphasise the ethos of a ‘slower’ more responsible approach to the development of value-added product to include new flax fibre applications such as composite materials.

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