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Hi, I'm Silvia.

About me

I have a diploma in Industrial Design with a specialization in Graphic Design from the National University of Asuncion. I’m a Fab Academy Instructor at the Fab Lab Universitario CIDi. I started working at the Fab Lab in 2018, and in 2019, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the Fab Academy Program at Lima, Peru, because there was no official node in my country to offer the program.

Fab Academy student 2019

Fab Lab TECSUP, Lima, Perú. Here's where everything started

Since I came back from Peru, I have been dedicating my efforts to strengthening the infrastructure of the laboratory to achieve international certification, plus I have been providing training to university students about digital fabrication technologies.

Fab Lab Intership Instructor 2020

Spreading the Digital Fabrication culture with students

Prep to become a node 2021

We were setting our Fab Lab during this time, getting the machines and talking with global gurus
In 2022, we managed to become the first official node of Paraguay and host the first Fab Academy program, in which I contributed as a local instructor. The course ended successfully with four graduated students.

First Official Node of Paraguay - Fab Academy 2022

Some of the final projects of our students

Bit Ninja scholarship 2022

I was awarded with the Bit Ninja scholarship 2022, in memory of Fabricademy Co-founder and keystone of the Fab Lab Network Fiore Basile. I am most grateful for the belief and support of the Textile Academy and I hope this is the first step opening the path to be a node that, in the future, can host this prestigious course,as we already do with Fab Academy.

Where to Find Me

Fab Lab Universitario CIDi
Campus UNA
San Lorenzo, Paraguay

silvialugo24@gmail.com

Check my work.

Keeping track of my documentation for each week of Fabricademy 2022

State of the art, project management and documentation

Here I show the process and tools used to document course work.

Digital
Bodies

This class introduces new digital tools that complement hand tools in order to design, represent, make and modify the human figure that can then be used as a canvas for creation.

Open Source Circular Fashion

In this class the lecture will outline the systems behind fashion and the textile industry, focusing on alternative systems such as circular fashion, agile fashion, open value chains.The focus will be on creating modular elements, structures and connections that allow the user to change the shape of a garment, resize it or replace certain elements

Biochromes

This class focus on exploring colouring alternatives to the current ones. Bridging craftsmanship techniques and technology, to explore alternative colour sources and their processing. Ranging from plant based, insect base and bacteria based pigments.

E-textiles

An overview of the field of electronic textiles, example works in the field as well as materials and technical developments that have made these projects possible. Different techniques for making soft/flexible/fabric circuits.

Biofabricating Materials

This class focus on exploring material alternatives to the current ones. By bridging craftsmanship techniques and todays easier access to technologies, we explore alternative material resources in order to craft their processing and develop products and materials hand in hand.

Computational Couture

In this class we explore computational design methods towards a new reinterpretation of cloths, garments and accessories for fashion design, inspired by a new digital design methodology.

Wearables

This class focuses on creating wearable electronic projects using Arduino and Attiny.

Textile as scaffold

This class focuses on exploring techniques and applications of technical textiles in the industry. It introduces the concept of designing custom processes that require the design of a set of tools, processes and workflow.

Open Source Hardware

The class explores the open source hardware field in general and focuses on its potential in the area of textile.

Possible Final Projects

This are the three main ideas I got at the beginning of Fabricademy 2022

Explore textile in architecture: a lightweight structure, modular and transformable, sustainable and adaptable to the social and urban context that surrounds it.

At first, I wanted to try to 3d print Ñanduti, a national craftwork of Paraguay, but after talking with my remote instructor, Angela Barbour, it's better to use technology to empower small businesses passionate about their craft by providing them with tools to make their jobs easier instead of replace the job with a plastic replica.

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