FITE’s meetings

FITE’s meetings are part of the festival’s overall approach, with a strong desire to question the heritage and cultural meanings of textiles: the FITE focus on promoting human, economic and ecological stakes involved in extra ordinary textiles. Beyond artistic creations offered in the context of the different exhibitions of the festival, the meetings will allow to deepen themes intrinsic to textile in other forms. By bringing together guest creators as well as students, researchers, academics, scientists, industry and journalists, they will be the opportunity to start a special dialogue and to invite FITE’s public to foster thinking. As part of this 2018 edition and the “Deviations” theme, those exchanges will invite guests and the public to question the place of textile creation in the criticism, denunciation and deconstruction of socio-cultural issues that are both timeless and current.

The mediation of these meetings will be provided by Simon Njami, independent international curator, Beatrice Korc, new cultural objects / consulting and project creation, and Christine Athenor, general commissioner of FITE. The design and organization of these meetings were handled by Oceane Demeure and Beatrice Korc, with the support of Christine Athenor and Thomas Leveugle.

  • IN Bargoin MUSEUM
    FROM TUESDAY 18th to sunday 23RD SEPTEMBER 2018

    Meetings every morning from 10am to  11am with artists, artisans and designers.
    Brunch on Sunday from 10am.



Meet at the metropolitan tourist office at 9 am
Visit of the exhibitions of the schools from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 2pm to 4pm, round table open to the public

• The renewal of textile vision through collaboration between students, designers, designers and textile companies

With students of La Martinière Diderot, l’École supérieure de design et métiers d’art d’Auvergne, l’École supérieure d’art et design de Saint-Étienne, l’ENSATT, l’Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles
With collective Macocoï
With companies Fontanelle and Ennery Confections (subject to change)
Mediation provided by Beatrice Korc

This meeting and the challenges it sets for itself to raise are truly at the heart of the FITE’s project, whose aim is to stimulate exchanges and innovations in the extended field of textiles. Students in textile manufacturing or creation and professionals in the textile industry have chosen to seize the opportunity to meet for this round table and to generate exchanges and potential collaborations. This meeting aims to address the renewal of the textile vision in the context of cooperation between students and companies. It will bring out many issues, not only socio-cultural but also industrial and economic, driven by textiles and their uses. Fostering closer ties between students and businesses is an imperative for putting the artistic, creative and innovative dimension of schools at the service of practical and economic needs of businesses. More broadly, it will be a question of valorizing formations and trades of textile through a glance which remains however lucid on the reality of professional ground.

Co-production HS_Projects, Bargoin Museum, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, City of Clermont-Ferrand

  • AT centre Blaise-Pascal / Centre Camille Claudel in the auditorium
    friday 21st september 2018 

  • INTRODUCTORY WORK  : Coral / Artefact : textile as a response to environmental issues


With Jérémy Gobé, Isabelle Domart-Coulon and SCOP Fontanille
10 am to 12 pm – Meeting at 9:45 am at the Bargoin Museum

This meeting which will open on Friday appeared as a commonplace: it is indeed the meeting between its speakers which is at the origin of the project CORAIL / ARTEFACT, introductory work of this edition of the FITE. Through the work of Jérémy Gobé, visual artist, Rolland Arnaud, Scop Fontanille, and Isabelle Domart Coulon, researcher in marine biology at the MNHN, art, the textile industry and science are combine to respond to an environmental emergency. The CORAIL / ARTEFACT project aims to contribute to protection of coral reefs, marine lungs of our environment seriously affected by global warming, by using the Puy en Velay lace as a “substrate” that would allow the coral to reproduce and to subsist. This encounter between art, industry and science at the service of biodiversity conservation leads us to consider the importance of textiles as a response to environmental issues, a singular and salutary deviation.
© 2018 – Coral Artefact / Jeremy Gobé


  • Textile as a response to issues of representativeness and visibility

With Nikki Luna, Alexis Peskine, Eric Agbessi, Bruno Boudjelal, Dolores Bakela and Adiaratou Diarrassouba
At 1pm

This meeting around the transversal theme of “Transgression” refers to the idea of ​​a critical attitude and emancipation, and will bring together artists, academics and committed journalists. According to Nikki Luna, a Filipino feminist artist, “Femininity is a weapon”. She takes a critical look on various cultural traditions and expresses a denunciation of culture of oppression and rape suffered by women. The creations of Alexis Peskine, born of a Franco-Russian father and an Afro-Brazilian mother, are characterized by an aesthetic driven by the black identity question and by a denunciation of all forms of discrimination, in which they join Nikki Luna’s critical perspective. Bruno Boudjelal is a photographer with strong militant commitment: invited in residence in Clermont-Ferrand, who makes photographic and videographic series that are as many stories on the themes of travel, home, waiting. The question of identity, particularly minorities identity, is thus at the heart of its projects.


Eric Agbessi, professor-researcher at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, has worked extensively on the black color and is coordinating the “Voilées” project, an analysis of the reception of the black veil in the French public space. a dual perspective, of communication and civilization. To complete this rich and diverse group of speakers, Dolores Bakela and Adiaratou Diarrassouba will be present. These two independent Parisian journalists are at the origin of the Afro media and event platform, as well as the first edition of the Fraîches Women Festival. They have a critical and curious look on an “invisible” population, sometimes victimized, of which we never speak in the end, Afrofrench, Afrodescendants, blacks of France. The meeting between those personalities, as eclectic as well exciting will highlight issues of transgression inherent to issues of visibility and representativeness of minorities, whatever they may be, and how textiles can be an answer to these issues.

Co-production HS_Projets, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand


  • Textiles in the history of historical and current human migrations

With Nobukho Nqaba, Lawrence Lemaoana, Khaled Zouari, Laurent Soubise and Sophie Tabakov
At 2:15 pm

The “Circulation” theme can refer to the notion of trajectories: trajectories of fabrics and clothing but also life trajectories. It has been exploited by artists and academics gathered for this meeting as a reference to textile and human historical and current migrations.

The South African artist Nobukho Nqaba works from materials strongly related to migration and human movements, with a very personal point of view, reflecting the notions of family and home. Lawrence Lemaoana, who is also a South African artist, proposes through his use of Kanga fabrics a work on migrations specific to African fabrics, migrations that make those fabrics representations of global social and economic imbalances. Khaled Zouari is a professor-researcher at the University of Clermont-Ferrand and will enrich this meeting with his specialization on communication issues, migration and contemporary social ties. Laurent Soubise and Sophie Tabakov, of the dance company Anou Skan, realized during their residency at FITE an artistic and pedagogical work in contact with people asking for asylum. The culmination of this work is a film “collection of gestures in exile”, which questions, through gesture, the life course of those people marked by migration. Together, the speakers of those meetings will present trajectories of textiles and humans as metaphors for migration, instability, economic, social and cultural imbalances.

© Nobukho Nqaba


  • Textile as a tool for cultural affirmation and reappropriation

With Eloi Sessou, Cecile Ndiaye, Jocelyn Armel (Le Bachelor) and Nicole Foucher
At 3:30 pm 

A “pile-up”, a collision or a simple encounter, is often necessary to assert oneself, to make oneself visible, to provoke an evolution. The works of the artists brought together by this meeting reveal the idea of ​​a pileup serving the expression of a strong identity.

The Ivorian fashion designer Eloi Sessou defends a resolutely modern African fashion, marked by symbolic struggles between the economic and cultural markets. It focuses on highlighting the way African women appropriate fashion as a form of strong cultural expression. Cecile Ndiaye is a designer behind the leather goods brand Studio Wudé, which combines design, art, crafts, leather and Wax fabric, questioning the relationship between man, nature and territory. She develops a reflection on Wax as a symbol of the power relationship in Africa. Jocelyn Armel says The Bachelor is creator and Sapper: the colorful Society of Ambiancers and Elegant People, born in Congo in the 70s, corresponds to an art of clothing and living, represented by African-inspired dandies French bourgeois of the nineteenth century. These creators, especially through their use of Wax, make textiles and clothing a form of reappropriation of cultural and economic power. The textile constitutes here a real tool of affirmation and cultural reappropriation. Nicole Foucher, senior lecturer in cinema and fashion at Université Lumière Lyon 2 and consultant at ESMOD Paris, will enrich this meeting with her deep knowledge of dynamics of fashion evolution.

Co-production HS_Projets, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand


  • Digital to increase our textile use

With Claire Eliot, Christine Browaeys, Siwa Mgoboza and Sultra&Barthélémy.
At 4:45 pm

The notion of “Transcendence” refers to the idea of ​​a sublimation or, more concretely, an overtaking. Applied to textiles, it corresponds to the desire to continuously amplify and improve our textile use. In this perspective this meeting was built around the digital uses of textiles.

Designer, researcher and teacher, Claire Eliot has a double baggage: fashion and digital. She works a constant link between fashion, new technologies and social behaviors, with a particular conception of the designer role, both artist and social actor. Christine Browaeys, author of the book “The stakes of new textile materials,” is texturgist (T3Nel). With her technological skills, she works in the innovative textiles sector. The textile appears in his work as a versatile material, constantly renewed in its relation to space, volume and humans. The artists Sultra & Barthélémy also develop a new “augmented” textile thanks to technology, both organic and communicating: their project Retina_Pictonique is an artistic proposal that brings out all the modernity of the textile material. From the perspective of a digital textile approach but also the idea of ​​an overtaking, will be present Siwa Mgoboza, South African artist whose works explore a plural and globalized African identity. His work “The Beings of Africadia” invents a post-colonial world characterized by a futuristic hybridization between nature and human. Through an utopian and futuristic vision, Siwa Mgoboza is exploring new dimensions of textile use and deviation.
© Claire Eliot, CC

Those meeting around hybridization, digital crafts, and living clothing, will tend to highlight technological and social practices of improvement, especially for a more ethical fashion.

Co-production HS_Projets, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand

Registration recommended :


School’s installations


Creations resulting from a workshop by Christelle Familiari revolving around the use of counter-intuitive materials, with the students of École supérieure d’art et de design de Saint-Étienne (ESADSE).


Monday, September 17, to Friday, October 12, 2 pm to 7 pm (and by appointment in the morning)
Saturday, September 15, and Saturday, September 22, 2 pm to 7 pm, and Sunday, September 23, 10 am to 5 pm
Preview on September 15, 6 pm

Visits led by ESADSE and other students on September 15 and 19, as well as on September 20, followed by a talk in the Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Office de tourisme métropolitain.

Free admission


By the École supérieure d’arts appliqués (ESAA) La Martinière-Diderot de Lyon and the École supérieure design et métiers d’art d’Auvergne (ESDMAA) d’Yzeure.


Monday to Saturday, September 15 to September 29, 2 pm to 7 pm, and Sunday, September 23, 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Monday, September 24.
Preview on September 18 at 6 pm

Visits led by ESAA and ESDMAA students from September 15 to September 22, as well as on 20 September in the morning (information at the FITE information desk), followed by a talk in the Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Office de tourisme métropolitain.

Free admission


Installation of costumes sculptures by 2nd and 3rd year costume design students of the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre (ENSATT), in partnership with HTH/Bucol.


September 15 to 23, 11 am to 5 pm
Vernissage September, 18 at 6pm
Visit on Thursday, September 20, in the morning (information at the FITE information desk), followed by a talk in the Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Office de tourisme métropolitain.

Free admission


Transformation and repurposing of «Wax» fabrics made by the Vlisco company by students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels (ArBA-EsA).

Also at the espace Victoire :


Seven designers from Brussels’ Macocoï collective granted each other a license to revisit a piece by another member, opening a research space where constraints act as an invitation to explore other aspects of their favorite techniques.

Visit by ArBa-Esa students on September 20, in the morning (details available at the FITE information desk), followed by a talk in the Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Office de tourisme métropolitain.

Free admission

Galerie de l’art du temps / Chapelle de l’oratoire – Collection of gestures in exile

The “galerie de l’art du temps / Chapelle de l’Oratoire” welcomes in the context of the Festival International des Textiles Extra ordinaires two propositions.

Filmed projection of offered gestures to asylum seekers, highlighting everyone’s humanity to share, despite situations, by Anou Skan company, Sophie Tabakov, Laurent Soubise, and Didier Dematons for video realization.
Dance inspired by gestures collect, realized by asylum seekers, by company Anou Skan, and dancers Sophie Tabakov and Laurent Soubise

Tuesday 18th September from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday 19th to Sundays 23rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Danced performance Wednesday 19th at 7p.m.

Sensitive and animated vision of our own monsters, by Nawelle Aïnèche : an animated costume, made up of weave made with videotapes magnetic bands.

Sunday 16th September 4 p.m.
Tuesday 18th September 4 p.m.


For this future 2019 edition, FITE’s teams decided to offer something new, namely itinerant FITE through all Romania.

From Baita city to the capital Bucharest and even until Black Sea in Constanta, discover different places of culture such as Baita Textile Museum, Museum of Brasov Urban Civilizations or even Bucharest NOD.

See the FITE program Deviations in PDF(french version)

See the FITE program Deviation in PDF (english verion)

See the FITE program Deviation in PDF (roumanian verion)



Opened in 2017, Baita textile museum was founded by Florida Zaharias, formerly curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Textile Conservation Department.


Workshop on wood cut (xilogravura) « Ancestral Symbols of Padureni Area.» Coordinator, Prof. Mircea Lac


Visit of the exhibition “Wool and Water—Woven Felted Blankets of Balkan—Carpathian Region”, Florica Zaharia, curator, Muzeul Textilelor’s owner

The exhibition “Decades of Visual Memory-Photographs by Ana and Gheorghe

INSTALLATION – the “Alba” (white) collection by Mirela Traistaru, artist, made in France and Romania


Exchanges and discussions to define a European project: the International Meeting of Extraordinary Textiles (RITES)



Presentation of the “Urban thread”, a nomadic textile architecture designed by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Clermont-Ferrand and the Charles Perrault elementary school in Clermont-Ferrand – a proposal made to the pupils of the school of Baita, «  Scoala Gimnazială Baita » to draw their landscape on the Windows of this architecture, by Crisan Dorin, director



Visit of the black church, cathedral of Brasov city and visit by M Christine Bouilloc, the director of the Bargoin Museum and Mr Ziegler, an historien of the exhibited collection of muslim prayer rug. Built by germanic community, it is the most important gothic monument of Romania and Lutheran place of worship.


At the heart of the 4th edition of Festival International des Textiles Extraordinaires (FITE), Bargoin Museum hosts the Deviations exhibition which offers an original choice of more than eighty textiles, photographic and videographic artworks, coming from lenders, artists, collectors, public institutions and galleries from all over the world.
Four thematics – transgression, circulation, pile-up and transcendence – govern the exhibition and allow to point out society’s stakes, throughout a medium, textile.
Among those thematics are tackled many questions, such as standards and non-standards, liberty’s research often linked to the notion of egality, identity within migrations and interbreeding, movements of humans but also of know-how, materials and designs.
Artworks of creators from the five continents are inviting the public to a reflection, throughout different forms of expression where textile is at the center of creation.


The exhibition “Dentelles en voyage” of the Retournac lace factory museum


In ethnography museum, in the library, meetings with researchers, historians from Romania’s textile area.




Fashion show :

  • Featuring ancient swimsuits specially created by Unda Popp, director of the design section Unarte Bucharest
  • Parade of aquatic dresses made by the fashion designer Alina Gurguta at the swimming pool of the Spinning Mill




Visit and discover the museum’s textile collections, Dr. Virgil Nitulescu, directeur



Textile artistic creation, in mechanical lace from Puy en Velay (France) by an artist and a company, Fontanelle. Parallel between safeguard of textile industry and coral reef.



Opening of the video installation « Collecte de gestes en exil », made by the Anou Skan Company, in the reception center of asylum seekers in France, an opportunity to ask the question of the movement of people in Europe


By Dorina Horatu, Director of the Textile Department of the National University of Arts of Bucharest, and workshops results by Viviana Basan, student UNARTE and Elisabeth Berthon, felted artist in France


By costume students of ENSATT in Lyon, workshop with Sylvie Lardet (Head of Costume Department) which will be organized around students work, on the occasion of the FITE.



In a co-working space grouping the library of materials and textiles but also 40 start-ups from creative industries. Creations from a workshop of Christelle Familiari, focusing on the use of unexpected materials, with art and design students of the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Saint-Etienne (ESADSE).


Discovery of the city of Constanta and shores of the Black Sea


Guided visit of the museum and its collection of romanian traditional textiles.


Basique Notre-Dame-du-Port de Clermont Ferrand – The forest of love


Textile installation by Rieko Koga, created in 2014, with protective vocations, because for Rieko Koga stitching has a magic power.


Based in Paris since 2004, Japanese artist Rieko Koga has developed a body of work displaying both touching delicacy and startling complexity. Left unsatisfied after fashion design studies – which she found too rigid and restrictive – in the 1990s, Rieko Koga set out to explore the infinite plastic possibilities offered by the fluidity of thread and fabric. Writing and drawing using embroidery became an immediate and spontaneous means of expression for her. Infused with deep spirituality, her creations are the product of a meditative artistic practice. Stretching the fabric of time and memories, she uses her thoughts, dreams and prayers as an “Ariadne’s thread” to bring them into existence. Her embroidery brilliantly and thoughtfully blends matrilineal tradition and the millenary art of Japanese embroidery, combining the same sashiko stitching patterns that her mother used to make clothes with an eminently spiritual approach conducive to balance and beauty. Resulting from patient composition work and unfailingly repeated gestures, her stitches are akin to a seismogram of her mood. A subtle alchemy of motion and thought carefully intertwined through the magic of thread and needle, her embroidery is a form of lyrical writing, a poetic score couched on fabric. In an act of intense self-revelation, Rieko Koga invites the spectator to step into her personal universe and to discover her prayer garden, the diary of her vows, the maze of her reveries. Eschewing any preliminary sketches, Rieko Koga’s art is as effortless as breathing.


Tuesday, September 14, to Sunday, September 23, 8 am to 7 pm
Free admission
Visit on site by Rieko Koga on September 14

Concert : romanian fusion music – 20th September 2018

On Thursday the 20th of September in the auditorium of centre Blaise-Pascal / Camille Claudel, Romania will take the center-stage for a fusion of traditional and modern music, born from a collaboration between Florentin Dragomir (violin), Heiko Wilhelm (accordion) and the world music ensemble of the Conservatory, followed by the ichMachKrach! company and the band LosMoz.


Florentin Dragomir, born in Romania, lives and works in Lyon, France. After classical music studies, he turns to traditional musics. He plays in Romania and multiply musical experiences. He currently plays in Balkazard duo, living musics between gypsy jazz and romanian folklore.


    Heiko Wilhelm, lives and works in Lyon, France. Graduate ingineer of the École Centrale de Lyon,  he began his artistic journey with classical piano. He moves early to other musical styles and participates in jazz, rock and song projects.  He learns accordion, clarinet and tuba. He founded the company ichMachKrach! and plays today with LosMoz, a trio that explores disjointed repertoires, making a large gap between musics of two worlds, classical and jazz repertoires.

National University of Arts of Bucharest

National University of Arts of Bucharest (UNArte) or Universitatea Națională de Arte is a higher education institution in Bucharest.
The visual arts university is structured in five sections: painting, sculpture, graphic, photo-video, art pedagogy.

Continuation of a felt workshop between a French felted artist from Lyon, Elisabeth Berthon and students from the textile section of the National University of Arts in Bucharest.

EXHIBITION – Complex of traditional installations of wool of Lisa Sambata de Jos


National University of Arts Bucharest, Textile Art and Design Department
Calea Grivitei no. 28 sector 1

NOD in Bucharest

In 2015 a group of multidisciplinary creatives set up to transform the abandoned industrial space of the former Cotton Factory in Bucharest into the first makerspace in Romania.
The industrial space was once again filled with life and became a central hotspot for the creative industries in Bucharest, grouping library of materials and textiles but also more than 40 start-ups.

Creations from a workshop of Christelle Familiari, focusing on the use of unexpected materials, with art and design students of the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Saint-Etienne (ESADSE).