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News, Lantal Corporate, 16. July 2019

A somewhat different bachelor’s thesis

Silk ribbons and velvet seat covers? The two terms are not necessarily related but they gave Tiffany Avila, a textile design major at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, inspirations for her bachelor’s thesis. The point of departure in her work was the merger of two rail system operators: Baselland Transport AG (BLT) and Waldenburgerbahn AG (WB). Thus, the objective of her bachelor’s thesis was to design textiles for the new BLT-Waldenburgerbahn train sets that would underscore the identity of a region. Her theme was inkle weaving, a traditional textile technique rooted in the greater Basel area, allowing her to interlace the region’s past with its future. During a multi-week collaborative session with Lantal designer Nicole Schuler, Ms. Avila developed and optimized her velvet motifs, ultimately making them weavable on Lantal’s looms. In late June, under the motto “Silk ribbons – identity for the new Waldeburgerli”, she exhibited her compositions at the Werkschau Design und Kunst 2019 in the halls of Messe Luzern.

We congratulate Ms. Avila for her successful bachelor’s thesis and wish her all the best in her future career.