Creativity does not stop, even in these dramatic moments of health emergency. And the same goes for the training projects organised by Lineapelle and UNIC – Italian Tanneries. Therefore, despite the temporary impossibility of carrying out frontal lessons, as scheduled Lineapelle Award returns to Seoul. The educational project in collaboration with the local Hongik University kicked off yesterday, Wednesday April 1, 2020, with a series of MasterClasses taught by tutors of Lineapelle and UNIC via videoconference.
Training and competition
20 students from the Fashion Design and Industrial Design departments are involved. They are asked to discover and communicate the values of circularity and sustainability of Italian leather through creative projects that “develop the characteristics of the material in an original way”. The students of the University of Seoul, who have not yet returned to the institute due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will attend the first online lessons. Phase 1 of the educational project will focus on the use of leather and UNIC campaign “Real Leather is Real Sustainability”. But also on how to decline leather in a creative project. In the second phase, starting in May, creative projects will come alive. Among the various design proposals, the finalists of the competition will be selected to produce prototypes.
The success of the project
Lineapelle Award is an initiative highly appreciated by the Korean university, so much so that it has been included in the curriculum of the official university program. In the 2019 edition, the educational project also received the appreciation of the Korean government, which gave Hongik University some grants, used by the institute to purchase machinery to set up a leather processing laboratory.
In the pictures, some moments of the courses held at Hongik University in 2019