Based on the evidence of how our society has evolved over the last couple of decades (and the countless hours of watching Star Trek), I’m a firm believer that textile technology is the answer to much of the waste created within the fashion industry. From wholegarment knitting machines, to waterless fabric printing, to 3D body scanning, designers and manufacturers depend on continued innovation of textile technology. In the not-so-distant-future a designer will be able to create designs on the computer and drop those designs onto an avatar and quickly make changes to ensure the garment fits well. Currently, the development of a new garment can take up to 9 months with much of the original design idea getting lost in translation and transportation.
Therefore, it is important to encourage all stakeholders of the fashion and textiles industry to invest in upgrading their technology which will ultimately reduce the amount of waste this industry creates on a daily basis. Whatever your opinions might be about the regular use and dependence on modern technology, the trend isn’t going anywhere and in many cases it can help us leave the world better than we found it. It starts at the roots of learning and understanding technology as a tool and resource for creation of something new or updating the old to fit in a modern world. Many fear technology to be an addiction that has caused humans to stop interacting face to face -- which is true in some cases…
But for those of you who are parents of Generation Z, your children were born knowing that technology is part of daily life. From GPS navigation in our cars, to hand-held tablets and smartphones, to the bracelet that tracks our heartbeats and sleep cycle, Generation Z has no concept of life before high-speed internet and having any information they desire at their fingertips. As a parent, it’s up to you to guide your children to understand the difference between consuming technology and using technology as a tool to create something new. If you’re not sure how to distinguish this for your children, enroll your child in one of the many classes Youth Digital has to offer!
Youth Digital encourages kids and teaches them technical skills to help them transform from passive consumers into active creators of technology. The company uses hands-on, interactive learning to help students make their very own games, apps, mods, animations, 3D models, fashion collections, and other technology projects. Youth Digital’s goal is to give students the skills they need to succeed in their new digital world. Kids as young as 8 years old are coding, programing and writing java! Youth Digital offers online courses, afterschool courses at their Durham / Chapel Hill studio, and Summer Camps.
New this year is the Fashion Design summer camp (click the link to watch the video) available for kids 8 - 16 years of age. In this course, students will learn more about creating a customer profile, choosing a color palette, designing textile prints, and creating a professional fashion collection portfolio. Most importantly, students will become familiar and comfortable with the Pen Tool (used in Adobe Illustrator and InkScape) which is the most commonly used tool in the fashion and textiles industry. Students who attend the summer camp will have a final project they’ll be able to share with family and friends, as well as access to more tech education and resources via Youth Digital.
It cannot be denied that today’s children are the leaders of tomorrow’s world. Today’s children are tomorrow’s fashion designers, decision makers, and stewards of environmental and social responsibility. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to guide them towards a path that empowers them to take on today’s challenges and find solutions using technological advancements they’ve created themselves. Youth Digital provides the education, the resources, and the inspiration our children need to succeed in our ever evolving society and world.