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Application Guidance 

Bio-Inspired Textiles: Maker Collaboration

Below you will find the application guidance video and some frequently asked questions. 

Applications deadline: Midnight (BST), 16 June 2021

  • What is the difference between paid and voluntary participants?
    The only difference between the paid and voluntary participants is in stage two of the process. Voluntary participants will receive the same information and support as the those that are selected to receive a fee. However, there will be no deadline to make artefacts and they are only required to submit digital images/videos of their work.
  • Do I need to have any knowledge of bio-Inspired design?
    No, experience in biologically informed design is not necessary. However, we are looking for practitioners that are interested in learning from biology and have ambition to innovate sustainable textile design.
  • Why do I need to have access to equipment?
    Bio-Inspired textiles has a small budget to pay the successful applicants to work with them on this research. We need to know that the proposals you will be developing with us (in stage 1) can be realistically carried out. For example, if you usually produce textile work on a domestic knitting machine, we would like to know if you own or have access this equipment. If you have access to equipment that you want to use but would require training to use it, please outline how you plan to carry this out prior to or during the project.
  • What is the timeline for the project?
    Applications Deadline: Midnight (BST) 16 June 2021 Successful Applicants notified: July 2021 Stage one - Proposal preparation: September 2021 Stage two - Prototype development: October-November 2021
  • What does the fee include?
    Selected participants will receive a fixed fee of £1,500 (inc. VAT). This is to cover: Materials Equipment Time Postage of the final artefacts Other costs as a result of the project.


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