Textile Initiative

TEXTILE INITIATIVE is an ongoing event based project founded by Dasha Golova . TEXTILE INITIATIVE & TALK TO ME I WILL REPAIR YOUR CLOTHES has happened twice in Amsterdam at the Rietveld Glass Pavilion and the Big Vissel at Da Costakade and it was a big success thank to all contributors and experts volunteers! A new program for the event is being under development and curation.

TEXTILE INITIATIVE is a series of events that gather people of different social groups and age to the field of textile, that doesn't have a professional requirement but in fact a very personal every day engagement. The TI has an always changing place and format but holds on the same values around creating a safe space for human exchange, exploring the potential of collaboration, where the idea of textile is interlaced with human relations and sharing knowledge, skills and time. TALK TO ME I WILL REPAIR YOUR CLOTHES is an integral part of the TI where a ever changing group of volunteers repair and mend someone's damaged clothes or textiles. This free service is provided only during the event with the possibility for everyone to talk, learn and fix together, under the guidance or completely by yourself. Repairing clothes became a trigger to engage with each other and reinforce the values of human interaction.

Founder (person or department)

Darya Golova (Fine Arts)


Looking for companions

Founding year



creation of a safe place for human exchange, facilitation of all sorts of events and voices of artists, initiatives, collectives, researchers, teachers about textile, craft, politics of textile production and use, textile and human resources, female labour, politics of care….

Target Group

Everyone who is noticing prevailing presence of textiles in our lives and surroundings, curious and enthusiastic people, artists, artisans and researchers


Public events such as workshops, tours, performances, presentations and talks, participatory exhibitions


Glass Pavilion
Big Vissel studio at Tetterode


social fabric, textile, material, ecology, collaboration, hand craft, discourse, commons

← Textile Initiative
/w Miriam Del Seppia & Masha Maroz
7 Jul

Announcing our fourth event, a workshop bringing together the practices of Miriam Del Seppia and Masha Maroz hosted in the beautiful community garden I can change the world with my two hands.

Sunday 7 July
@ I can change the world with my two hands, Jasper Leijnsenstraat 21

This workshop integrates two parts – a practical experimentation of making plant-based natural dyes and screen printing onto textiles under the guidance of the artist Miriam Del Seppia; and a theoretical part, during which the artist and researcher Masha Maroz will introduce the concept of the ‘Garden of Delights’ from Belarusian traditional culture, on the basis of which participants will be invited to compose their own cryptographic ornamental messages using the screen printing techniques onto textiles.

During the process we will explore colours from flowers and plants of the garden. Bright yellows will be our guides. We will go through some basics of botanical dyeing and testing different types of natural fibres* and mordants. We will experiment with screen printing techniques to create our own botanical alphabet. We will explore the space of myth and immerse ourselves in the cultural codes of tradition, through which we will connect with our emotions.

By the end of this experience every participant will have crafted their own one-of-a-kind piece, imbued with the symbolism of Belarusian traditional culture through their own interpretation and new knowledge of botanical dyeing and plants.

*Fabrics will be provided to each participant. If you wish to bring some of your own textiles, this is also possible. Get in touch for information on how to prepare them.

~ Sign up: https://linktr.ee/textileinitiative

Textile Initiative is kindly supported by AFK & Stichting Stokroos

Graphic design identity by Lejla Vala Verheus

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