A new CREA-Zone publication: breaking regional boundaries in the pursuit of innovation

Watch out for a digital publication that shows off the activities of the CREA-Zone partners, an  externally-funded cluster  from across the UK, Belgium, France and Netherlands. The cluster aims to bring partners together to promote knowledge exchange and collaborative opportunities.

The publication will be launched at the CREA-Zone event on 5th and 6th November 2014 in the Budafabriek, in Kortrijk, Belgium.

CREA-Zone capitalizes on three previous Interreg projects – VIVID, Crysalis and Villa Cross Media – which were implemented by partners and have contributed to the development of opportunities for entrepreneurs and therefore fostered the development of local areas.

The CREA-Zone publication promotes best practices by showcasing a series of case studies which demonstrate how collaborative and open approaches can be a powerful way of bringing together creative and traditional industries, local governments and members of the public, to co-create innovative concepts, products and services.

The publication encompasses themes such as ‘changing needs required new concepts’, ‘supporting the creative sector’, ‘organising and connecting people and spaces’ and ‘ the power of co-creation’. UCA contributes several examples to the publication, such as:

  • Crysalis Knowledge Transfer Activity – Gail Baxter – Years of tradition embrace new concepts

Gail Baxter is a research student at UCA and a contemporary lace practitioner. She was been working with the Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode (CIDM) and Prud’homme, which is the lace manufacturers’ legal copyright registry, as part of a team tasked with creating a new lace design for one of their historic lace looms. The outcome, a new lace, is modern and innovative in design and style, affording a distinct departure from the tradition floral motifs so often used in lace design. More information here.

  • Crysalis Digital Encounters – Neil Bottle – Travelogue Collage
 two-seater sofa and wall hanging installation

Neil Bottle is a designer with over 25 years’ experience in the fashion textiles industry. His work is held in collections around the world. In the Travelogue Sofa project, Neil has explored the relationships between traditional and contemporary textile print methodologies. Digital print is often associated with mass production; however in this project the limitations of digital design software are pushed to new boundaries with multiple layer applications creating engineered pattern shapes for one piece of furniture. The result is a unique object, which has been designed around the 3D furniture form, encompassing both traditional crafted upholstery technique whilst developing a new level of expertise in the digital textiles design process. More information here.

  • Edge creative expertise and technical services

Universities support graduates in an early stage of their careers by connecting them to the intellectual and physical resources they need for developing their professional practice. Edge provide graduates, freelancers, organisations and businesses access to advanced technology, creative method and a wealth of industry experience. There is a broad variety of specialist equipment to choose from, including; digital textile printing and Gerber pattern cutting for fashion; 3D scanning and 3D printing for innovating and testing concepts in many sectors; laser cutting which helps product developers to be even more creative and, at the same time, more precise and cost effective; thermal efficiency equipment which makes it easier for architects to determine how energy efficient a building is; bronze foundry and glass hot shop support artists to explore new designs concepts. More information at www.ucaedge.com

  • Edge Talents

UCA’s online open innovation platform enables students and industry to co-develop innovation assets via an innovation workflow model. It facilitates engagement and creates collaboration opportunities via the showcasing of students’ skills, creative concepts and early stage designs. At the heart of this programme is a way of working that enriches the student journey and adds value to business. It also allows a greater understanding of factors that enable an increased adoption of university IP by industry and fosters student awareness of commercial needs and this creates innovation outcomes for academics and students alike. More information at www.ucaedge-talents.com

Further information: Susiane Sampaio at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk

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Students – show us your talent!

Have you got what it takes to get your ideas off the ground? Want everyone to see what you can do? We’ve launched Edge Talents, an online portal that will showcase your ideas to the world of business. From there, you might have the opportunity to be mentored, attend our innovation workshops and to work with a company to make your idea a reality,

To get on to Edge Talents you need to have thought through your idea commercially and present it (and yourself) professionally, and we are here to help you do that.

To be part of Edge Talents, you just need to register for a student login at the Edge Talents web portal at www.ucaedge-talents.com

Sneaky peak of Edge Talents

The lucky people at East Kent Cultural Conversation’s launch in February had a sneak preview of Edge Talents, UCA’s newest opportunity for UCA students. Edge Talents gives students an opportunity to showcase their profiles and their ideas  to selected businesses here and in France.

Edge Talents is the legacy of a JISC-funded project called COINED, that saw the Research and Enterprise team working with Brunel University to test out a system for identifying and developing student projects in partnership with business. The Enterprise team has taken what worked in COINED and created Edge Talents.

One of Edge Talents’ features is a “safe space” for Intellectual Property, as well as support for students – such as mentoring and innovation workshops – to help students ensure that their ideas and their profile are as professional as possible.

Edge Talents is open for business for students, and in a few months industry will be invited to join.

For more information contact Susiane at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk