We are Textile educators, teachers, mentors and practicing artists. Our membership is global and our interests are many.
We seek to: Collect and exchange information and knowledge in the field of textiles education on an international scale.
Gain insight into the place, level, form and content of the subject of textiles within all sectors of education throughout the world.
Promote the subject of textiles at all levels of education.
We are also interested in providing exhibition opportunties for ourselves as well as our students.
Picture from our project "Near My Home"
All areas include fine art and utilitarian outcomes, including two and
three dimensional responses.
After an international meeting of people involved in
Textiles Education, held in Kehl, Germany in 1990, the main delegates
from the European countries present met in Göteborg, Sweden in
1991, to discuss the formation of a new European Association of Textile
Teachers. At this conference we defined the national and international
differences and similarities among various sectors of textiles
education. During the 1992 conference in Helsinki we decided to adopt
the name TEXERE which stands for Textiles Education and Research in
Europe. Since then we have met at a Conference or Annual General
Meeting each year until 2007. We now meet in alternate years during the ETN conferences.
The last meetings:
|2013||Madrid, Spain (there is a "special" with some pictures!)|
|2015||Leiden, The Netherlands|
During the conferences we have not only had presentations and
exhibitions about textiles education and research but we also visited
educational establishments at every level, from primary schools and
secondary schools to universities and teacher training colleges where
we witnessed many aspects of textiles education. Visits have also been
made to textiles factories to experience the latest developments in
textile production, exhibitions and museums. These international
experiences have widened our horizons and enhanced the teaching and
studies of all those who took part.
The networking between delegates during these meetings has resulted in exchanges of teachers and students at every level, through European funded schemes such as Comenius, Lingua, Erasmus, Socrates and Leonardo. Other teacher and student exchanges and visits have been organized privately through individual establishments.
During the Annual General Meeting of TEXERE on September 15th 2007 the existing association of TEXERE was dissolved and the members voted unanimously to become a Textiles Education Working Group within ETN.
We are now an international organisation, not just for Europeans, so there are even greater opportunities for networking and exchanges.
© texere Textile Education and Research in Europe - June 2015