The Manufacture Foundation and Maddy Maxey, Founder of Loomia are teaming up to create the NON-PROFIT Textile Futures Initiative. The TFI is meant to encourage research and development in the smart and sustainable fabric spaces. Our program will provide creative technologists  with access to grant money to execute a create idea around textile innovation. We take inspiration from Bell Labs and google 20% time where we think skilled exploration can lead to amazing discoveries for smart fabrics. Our goal is to expand the program over the course of 5 years to be a resource for wearable tech R&D that funds itself through sponsorships and makes an impact on the wearable tech industry and creative tech alike.


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TFI companies are exploring different disciplines within the textiles industry. From the future of sustainability to the future of digital printing, stay up to date with their experiments, research and product launches.

Software is a digital printing studio focused on the future of printing and inks for textiles.

Software is a digital printing studio focused on the future of printing and inks for textiles.

Loomia is a hardware and materials company focused on developing materials and processes to make it easier to manufacture soft circuitry

Loomia is a hardware and materials company focused on developing materials and processes to make it easier to manufacture soft circuitry

Artifact is a sustainable sourcing and product company, focused on fiber farm wools and the future of sustainability

Artifact is a sustainable sourcing and product company, focused on fiber farm wools and the future of sustainability

Thursday Finest is a 3D knitting startup, focused on the future of additive manufacturing for textiles.

Thursday Finest is a 3D knitting startup, focused on the future of additive manufacturing for textiles.

 

CHEN is our Textile Futures Initiative resident creative.

CHEN is our Textile Futures Initiative resident creative.

SPONSORING THE TFI

Sponsoring the TFI gives you access to a quarterly insights document subscription featuring work from Chen, Manufacture New York, Creative technologists and TFI resident companies. Our first insights will be published in Q3 2017.



APPLY FOR A GRANT TO SUPPORT YOUR PRACTICE

Join the TFI as a creative technologist and receive a grant to do research in the wearables or sustainable materials spaces.  We will be launching the grant program Q2 2017 and grants will support 3 months of R&D in a space related to textiles and wearable.  Please check back here for applications early next year.


”The fashion industry needs to do something to keep up. Students don’t get to see technology and know they can integrate it into garments. We need to be showing [the industry what] exists as wearable tech is the future.”
- Amy Mato FIT