Each year, six to eight candidates, coming from Switzerland and abroad, have the opportunity to work with textile companies in Eastern Switzerland, use a local studio and extend their own individual networks over a period of three months. At the public event “TaDA Spinnerei”, which is also attended by international lecturers, they can present their projects to an interested public and at the same time discuss them with experts.

The call for 2022 will open next summer.


TaDA covers the following as part of the residency programme

  • Accommodation
  • Travel expenses
  • Contribution to living expenses
  • A workplace in Arbon
  • Work materials
  • Individual and technical support provided by selected experts from the partner companies
  • On-site support

TaDA expects the following from residents

  • Development of a new project, where possible in cooperation with a local textile company
  • Public presentation of their work, organisation of workshops
Residents 2021

Ganit Goldstein is a textile and 3D fashion designer whose work focuses mainly on pioneering the use of 3D printing fabrication for smart textile developments. Ganit is studying for an MA at the Royal College of Art in London, where her practice demonstrates her interdisciplinary approach to design, in which she mixes traditional and innovative techniques, creating novelty within programmable materials.  Ganit was awarded the Re-FREAM Horizon 2020 grant to re-imagine the manufacturing process of 3D textiles together with a community of scientists and leading companies around Europe.  Her collections have been presented at exhibitions and museums globally, including Milan Design Week 2019, New York Textile Month the Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design 2020, and more.



Tobias Kaspar, based in Zurich and Riga, is an artist working in contemporary art with a strong interest in fashion and textiles. Kunsthalle Bern and Verlag der Buchhandlung Franz und Walther König published an artist’s monograph on him entitled “Independence” in 2020. Over the last decade, Kaspar has realized numerous solo exhibitions at locations such as Kunsthalle Bern; Kunsthalle, Sao Paulo; Cinecittà Studios, Rome;Kim? Contemporary art Center, Riga, Latvia; Midway Contemporary Art Center, Minneapolis; Peter Kilchmann Galerie, Zurich, and Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing. With ”Rented Life”, Tobias Kaspar has ented out his life for 2020/21 to twenty subscribers and is currently preparing the homonymous museum show due to open at Mamco, Geneva, in summer 2021.



Aesun Kim is an artist and creative practitioner from South Korea, interested in human-computer interaction. Her practice focuses on wearable interface based on biometric data and expresses new digital aesthetics. She developed her interactive arts and wearable design works at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz (AT) and Partly University of the Arts London (UK). Her current research and workshops revolve around exploring creative, technical e-textiles and wearable interfaces.



Sonia Li is a Taiwanese-American artist living and working in Brooklyn. Growing up in more than one country, the exposure to different cultures shaped Li's empathetic approach and innate sensibility towards universal expressions of humanity. She works with installation, performance and social space. Linked to stages of personal transformation, she turns metaphors of internal dialogues into multi-sensory experiences, brought alive by her use of technology, blending physical materials with digital tools to break the invisible divider between the artwork, concept and viewer. She participated in international exhibitions, among others at Centro Cultural FIESP (Brasil), Naves Matadero (Spain), CADAF NYC (USA). Her videos are in the exclusive online Elementum.art collection. In 2018 she was awarded a grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the Chen Yung Memorial Foundation.



Maidje Meergans is a documentary photographer from Berlin. She initially studied Textile and Surface Design as well as Visual Communication at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee (Academy of Art). In 2018 she completed her further education at the Ostkreuzschule for Photography, where she early on focused on social documentary topics, with a special interest in sustainability, unique stories and people. Meergans is part of the artist-run AFF Galerie in Berlin, where she is involved in organizing and curating exhibitions. AFF Galerie is a platform for contemporary photography that regularly presents emerging artists. Her plan for TaDA is to concentrate on the craftspeople working in the textile industry.



Benjamin Mengistu Navet studied Fashion Design at La Cambre (Brussels) and completed his education with a master in Textile Design at the KASK School of Arts (Gent). His main focus is on creating a dialogue between industry and craftsmanship, in order to question the production process of objects. Based on research in post-colonial practices in the field of fashion and textiles, Benjamin is currently investigating his own Ethiopian background through pattern making and garment creation, combining traditional techniques and industry. He lives and works in Brussels.



Chun Shao is a multimedia artist, focusing on multimedia installations, electronic textiles, speculative design and data-driven art. She studied visual arts at the Chinese University of the Arts in Hangzhou, and gained a Masters in Performing Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2019 she graduated in philosophy at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media of the University of Washington. In her latest research she is dealing with interactive textiles and investigating the poetic relation between sensations of touch and feelings.



Andrea Winkler studied Visual Communication in Hamburg and Fine Art Media in London. She is interested in spatial scenarios and reruns of set pieces from daily life; her works range between installation, sculpture and «objet trouvé». These object collages and scenic complexes reflect her interest in theatricality, commodity fetishism, in safety and usability awareness. Her works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, gaining many distinctions. In 2019 she received the Innogy VISIT Award and the promotional grant from the UBS Culture Foundation for her research on post-digitalisation and new materialism.


Residents 2020

Stéphanie Baechler is an artist and textile designer. She studied textile design at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) and completed a Master's in fashion at Amsterdam University of the Arts (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, ArtEZ) in the Netherlands. Stéphanie worked as a Textile Developer/Design Assistant for Hussein Chalayan in London and was Head of Print Design for the Swiss textile company Jakob Schlaepfer for three years. Since then, her work has evolved to include sculpture and installation, and has focused on the interplay between ceramics and textiles. Her research centres on the tactile dimension and the interaction between body, movement and space.



Alexandra Hopf studied at Düsseldorf's Kunstakademie (Art Academy). In her work, she challenges the construction of art history by reinterpreting the historic avant-garde. She is particularly interested in the Russian avant-garde as an expression of the «new man» and the translation of the geometric and block-like silhouettes of Suprematist painting into the realm of the sculptural. Alexandra Hopf weaves together fact and fiction through the media of painting, photography, sculpture and film. She has received a number of bursaries and residencies, and her work has been shown throughout Europe in both solo and group exhibitions. Alexandra Hopf asks the same pertinent questions as the former avant-garde, but addresses them within a global economic crisis context.



Quang Vinh Nguyen is a product designer. He completed his Bachelor studies with distinction at the Lausanne School of Arts and Design (ECAL). He uses sustainable materials and processes for his product design, and is interested in concrete solutions on contemporary challenges that are still uncertain. As a Swiss designer with Vietnamese roots he is familiar with both western and Asian mentalities. Quang Vinh Nguyen is a co-founder of the multidisciplinary project «Căng tin», which investigates the culinary and folksy traditions of Vietnam in various media (including performances, objects and print).


Selina Reiterer is an artist and textile designer. After her design studies in Berlin and Paris she worked in various cooperations and carried out research at the ETH Zurich in the framework of a project on the connection between technology and design perspectives. Since then she has investigated the relations between object and resonance with textile and sound-oriented space installations. Oliver Maklott is a media artist. After an apprenticeship in news electronics he studied electronic music and sound technology in Vienna. He is a co-founder of various organisations that create real and virtual spaces for experiments and presentations for artists in the fields of music and media. Selina Reiterer and Oliver Maklott share their interest for multiple sensory perceptions. Their artistic practice converges in joint compositions of different media, especially haptic surfaces and objects with sound.