The textile department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is called TXT. This abbreviation stands for textiles, but also for text. Both words stem from the Latin word for weaving, tessere. Within the department, the relationship between materiality and the written word is carefully examined. That makes TXT a department for making and thinking, for head and hands.
Textile is everywhere: as everyday material, as a network or system. The applications are endless. In order to map the historical, aesthetic, social, political and material value of textiles, theory, philosophy, reading and writing play an important role.
In addition to conceptual thinking, students learn techniques such as weaving, knotting, knitting and printing, and how to translate these into different domains. Students work on both individual projects and shared research questions. Their experiments can result in new materials, autonomous work or socially committed statements in the form of an essay, lecture or intervention in the public space.