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  • New Skins Summer 2014 Workshops

    New Skins Summer 2014 Workshop.
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    Francis Bitonti Studio’s New Skins Workshop Series, led by Francis Bitonti, launched Summer 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Exploring new computational design methods and techniques, New Skins Workshop continuously focuses on immersing students with the tools and software needed to design and fabricate complex geometry in computational fashion design. Summer 2014 workshops will be held in London and San Francisco.

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    About Francis Bitonti
    Designer Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his sui generis blend of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. Blurring the lines between fashion and technology, Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform mass production. Bitonti sees computational methodologies, smart materials, and interactive environments as opportunities to create new aesthetic languages for our built environment. My design process is a collaboration with artifical intelligence,” Bitonti explains. “We’re transposing these ideas from design methodologies to tangible consumer experiences.”

    Francis Bitonti’s work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and most recently has garnered media coverage for the 3-D printed gown created for fashion icon Dita von Teese, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it was debuted at Ace Hotel in New York City in 2013.

    About Francis Bitonti Studio Adapting from a multidisciplinary design studio to a disruptive luxury brand, Francis Bitonti Studio continues to establish a unique methodology of blended computer driven techniques and cutting edge manu-facturing technologies to realize what has been called by the press “alien” objects. The Studio was founded in 2007, when then architect/industrial designer, Francis Bitonti, became involved with a competition held by the New York City Department of Transportation, Google, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Bitonti was a fialist in the competition, creating an eco-friendly and cost-effective bike rack that didn’t sacrifice on design, capable of being reconfigued into over 800 dierent versions of itself. Focusing on process and contemporary design and technology applications, Francis Bitonti Studio has continued to concentrate on a variety of projects, including collaborations with fashion design Katie Gallagher and the creation of the 3-D printed dress for burlesque icon Dita von Teese, leading up to the launch of their luxury goods collection in 2014.

    About The New Skins Workshop Series Francis Bitonti Studio’s New Skins Workshop Series, led by Francis Bitonti, launched Summer 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Exploring new computational design methods and techniques, New Skins Workshop continuously focuses on immersing students with the tools and software needed to design and fabricate complex geometry in computational fashion design. With the intent to create new iconic forms and shapes, students work closely with Francis Bitonti Studio throughout the duration of the Workshops in the development and execution of 3-D printed research garments. Francis Bitonti explains, “The workshop is about finding the new aesthetic formal language of this newmanufacturing paradigm. It’s not just about replicating a form from the computer, though that is part of it—it’s about cultivating new material behaviors.” The New Skins Workshop Series has been featured on Core77, Dezeen, Style Caster, and The Wall Street Journal. To learn more about academic programs from Francis Bitonti Studio, visit francisbitonti.com/acadmie.

    New Skins Summer 2014 Workshop, London
    Francis Bitonti Studio’s New Skins Summer 2014, London Workshop will be a study of multifaceted skin textures. Looking at both human and animas while investigating textures such as feather, fur and hair, this workshop will continue to focus on the investigative use of computation to create new morphologies, including research of both organic and synthetic skins textures. We will continue to study the design and fabrication of complex differentiated articulated textiles. We will examine not only how to create articulated 3-D printed flexible fabrics, but how to create textures that transformwith movement and animate themselves across the body. We will then synthesize this research into the creation of an articulated garment in a studio based, collaborative environment. The workshop will be hosted at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.

    New Skins Summer 2014 Workshop, San Francisco
    Francis Bitonti Studio’s New Skins Summer 2014, San Francisco Workshop will be an interrogation of the skin. We will move the skin towards something animalistic or between animal, human, and machine. This workshop will continue to focus on the investigative use of computation to create new morphologies, including research of both organic and synthetic morphologies to create new skins. We will also study the design and fabrication of complex differentiated articulated textiles. We will examine not only how to create articulated 3-D printed flexible fabrics, but how to create texturesthat transform with movement and animate themselves across the body. We will then synthesize this research into the creation of an articulated garment in a studio based, collaborative environment.

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    Tentative Course Outline
    Tile: DEUS EX MACHINA
    New Skins Summer 2014: London
    Date: July 7th-July 19th
    Time: 5 hour sessions, 1:00pm-6:00pm
    Location: Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, London

    Description:A 10-day workshop under the direction of Francis Bitonti, where students will learn the tools and theory of computational design processes as they relate to Fashion design. Courses will introduce students to the tools and soware needed to design and fabricate complex geometry. In addition to a schedule of courses, students will collaborate with Francis Bitonti Studio on the production of a 3-D printed garment in the form of a working design studio environment.

    Design Studio Brief: Francis Bitonti Studio’s New Skins Summer 2014, London Workshop will be a study of multifaceted skin textures. Looking at both human and animas while investigating textures such as feather, fur and hair, this workshop will continue to focus on the investigative use of computation to create new morphologies, including research of both organic and synthetic skins textures. We will continue to study the design and fabrication of complex differentiated articulated textiles. We will examine not only how to create articulated 3-D printed flexible fabrics, but how to create textures that transformwith movement and animate themselves across the body. We will then synthesize this research into the creation of an articulated garment in a studio based, collaborative environment. The workshop will be hosted at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.

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    Tentative Course Outline
    Title: BESTIAL BODIES
    New Skins Summer 2014: San Francisco
    Date: August (Flexible)
    Time: 5 hour sessions/TBD Location: San Francisco

    Description: A 10-day workshop under the direction of Francis Bitonti, where students will learn the tools and theory of computational design processes as they relate to Fashion design. Courses will introduce students to the tools and soware needed to design and fabricate complex geometry. In addition to a schedule of courses, students will collaborate with Francis Bitonti Studio on the production of a 3D printed garment in the form of a working design studio environment.

    Design Studio Brief: Francis Bitonti Studio’s New Skins Summer 2014, San Francisco Workshop will be an interrogation of the skin. We will move the skin towards something animalistic or between animal, human, and machine. Ths workshop will continue to focus on the investigative use of computation to create new morphologies, including research of both organic and synthetic morphologies to create new skins. We will also study the design and fabrication of complex dierentiated articulated textiles. We will examine not only how to create articulated 3-D printed flexble fabrics, but how to create textures that transform with movement and animate themselves across the body. We will then synthesize this research into the creation of an articulated garment in a studio based, collaborative environment.

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    Courses
    Introduction to Maya: Instructor TBA
    Introduction to Rhino: Instructor TBA
    Introduction to Grasshopper and Processing: Instructor TBA
    Introduction to Z-Brush: Instructor: Francis Bitonti
    Aesthetics of Computation: Instructor: Francis Bitonti Design Studio Instructor: Francis Bitonti

    Day 1 /// Orientation: Introduce instructors, Introduce Studio Project; Soware Training:
    Maya Day 2 /// Soware Training: Maya/Rhino
    Day 3 /// Soware Training: Maya/Rhino
    Day 4 /// Soware Training: Processing/Grasshopper; Design Studio with Francis Bitonti
    Day 5 /// Soware Training: Processing/Zbrush; Design Studio with Francis Bitonti
    Day 6 /// Soware Training: Processing; Aesthetics of Computation; Design Studio with Francis Bitonti Day 7 /// Design Studio with Francis Bitonti
    Day 8 /// Design Studio with Francis Bitonti
    Day 9 /// Design Studio with Francis Bitonti Day 10 /// Design Studio with Francis Bitonti

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