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onsdag 11 april 2018

Thermochromic workshop at Warsaw Fine Art Academy in Poland

3 days Thermochromic workshop – Dr. Marjan Kooroshnia - Senior lecturer, The Swedish school of textiles, University of Borås, Erasmus workshop at Warsaw Fine Art Academy, Poland
April 4th to 6th, I had the opportunity to teach how to work with thermochromic inks when designing dynamic surface patterns at the Warsaw Fine Art Academy in Poland, department of Graphic design. 

Working with thermochromic inks, be that in the form of studying and teaching or designing dynamic surface patterns using them, relates to a large degree to thermochromic colour transitions. Teaching the behaviour of thermochromic inks in relation to other static colours and varying temperature, and based on existing colour theories and practical exercises, is almost impossible. During my PhD study, I created a pedagogical tool for teaching the behaviour of thermochromic inks to students in textile and fashion design. It is based on printed colour swatches and structured tasks. The tasks create opportunities for the students to learn the principle of colour transition by actually experiencing them. 

I had students both from BA and MA, as well as a few senior lecturers. We used thermochromic colours with activation temperatures 32°C and 15°C. The last day of workshop, students were asked to design a surface pattern and tell a story through colour changing at different temperatures.Considering the students design outcomes as a workshop evaluation, they learnt how to integrate their new knowledge of the behaviour of thermochromic inks with what they already knew about static pigments in relation to design of a surface pattern. 

In addition, I had the opportunity to visit Warsaw Fine Art Academy, meeting a few staffs, seeing their facilities, and students art and design works. Within those days, I visited Contemporary art museum and National art museum. Poland is a country with a reach history and culture. 

Overall, I am glad for the experiences that I have made during those days in terms of both educational and cultural. I am thankful for new perspectives I have got through talking with students and faculties. This exchange was important for me to get to know practices at other art and design academies. Furthermore, I hope that this stay can strengthen collaborations and exchanges between the Swedish school of textiles and Warsaw Fine Art Academy. 
I am happy for the personal experience through staying in Warsaw,  meeting new people, and getting to know a new culture is always fascinating. 

Marjan Kooroshnia

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