KOBA School of Wickedfabrics

April 24, 2018

For the last 6 months KOBAKANT have been running KOBA, e-textile tailorshop in Berlin, Germany. During this time we’ve been refining our skills in some of the most basic techniques like making hard-soft connections and detachable parts. But we have also been confronted with learning bespoke tailoring skills in taking a customer’s ideas from concept to robust artifact.
The KOBA School of Wickedfabrics is intended as a time and place for us to formalize these skills and pass them on to a small group of students.

We’re planning two separate weeks of school: A FOUNDATION week for absolute e-textile beginners which will introduce you to all the skills you need to get started. A TAILORING week for professionals from diverse backgrounds who want to learn to develop e-textile garments from scratch to fitting. Both weeks will include a mix of hands-on tutorials and free working time.


Wicked Foundations

This course will start with introductions to e-textile materials, basic electronics and programming. Participants will learn how to build textile sensors and actuators, how to interface them with microcontrollers/computers, how to plan electronic circuits and build these with e-textile materials.
The course will start with 3.5 days of hands-on workshops, followed by 2 days of project development time where participants are challenged to apply their learned skills in a focussed e-textile project.

Start: Monday August 6th 2018, 14:00
End: Saturday August 11th 2018, 16:00
Price: 600 Euros* (includes course materials, lunch and snacks)
Capacity: 6 people
Prerequisites: absolute beginners in textiles and/or electronics
Instructor: Mika Satomi
Location: KOBA, Görlitzer Strasse 72 10997 Berlin, Germany

>> Application form for Wicked Foundations

Deadline for applying is Thursday May 10th 2018.
We will notify applicants of their acceptance by Tuesday May 15th 2018.


Wicked Tailoring

This course will walk you through the process of tailoring one e-textile garment, from concept to design, to interaction design to planning circuitry, sensors, actuators and programming the behavior of the garment. Each day will start with hands-on tutorials in the mornings and time to apply these skills in the afternoons. Throughout the course of the week, each participant will construct their own e-textile garment, including time for debugging, to make sure it really works:-)

Start: Monday August 20th 2018, 14:00
End: Saturday August 25th 2018, 16:00
Price: 800 Euros* (includes course materials, lunch and snacks)
Capacity: 8 people
Prerequisites: professionals from diverse backgrounds with strong interest in developing skills in tailoring electronic textile garments from scratch to fitting.
Instructors: Mika Satomi, Hannah Perner-Wilson
Location: KOBA, Görlitzer Strasse 72 10997 Berlin, Germany

>> Application form for Wicked Tailoring

Deadline for applying is Thursday May 10th 2018.
We will notify applicants of their acceptance by Tuesday May 15th 2018.


*KOBA is the one-year e-textile tailorshop project of KOBAKANT(Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi). With this project our intention is to offer our skills in designing and making e-textile garments and artifacts to anybody who has a desire for such things. Giving people the chance to experience the reality of their wearable technology ideas. The project was funded for 6 months by WearSustain (https://wearsustain.eu/) and KOBAKANT plan to finance the other half of the year by running this KOBA Tailor School of Wickedfabrics. Part of the fees from the participants will contribute to the rent for the KOBA shop space for the next 6 months.

Payments:
If selected, you will be required to transfer 1/2 of the school fee upfront by May 30th 2018. The second half will be due by July 30th 2018.

Cancellations:
If you cancel your position in the school before June 20th 2018 you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your position in the school after this date you will not get your money back.
If you cancel your position in the school after paying both installments (after July 30th) you will not get your money back.

If you have any questions, please contact koba[at]kobakant.at