Textiles Unlimited Panel Discussion
NYTM invites you to join a live panel discussion featuring experts engaged with the endless possibilities in the world of textiles. The event is a platform upon which a new program; A Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles at the Parsons School of Design will build and innovate. New York Textile Month has curated various experts from across the different domains included in the scope of the MFA to explain their relationship to textiles. Their stories will weave together perspectives from the realms of fine art, high tech and low craft to highlight the growing importance of textiles as an underpinning in all these fields.
Current developments in the world of textiles present a new horizon, one where weaving, knitting and embellishing resurface as methods and tools used to imagine new ways of living. The renowned trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, currently serving as the Dean of Hybrid Design Studies at Parsons School of Design and initiator of the upcoming MFA Textiles will moderate the discussion.
Lidewij Edelkoort, Trend forecaster and Dean of Hybrid Design Studies
One of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters and colorists, famous for her inspirational seminars and on-point trend books which are sold to companies in diverse industries from Armani to Zegna. Li is an intuitive thinker who constantly travels the planet tracking how socio-cultural trends evolve to influence concepts, colors, materials, products and services. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. In 2011, Li launched an interactive online trend forum called TrendTablet.com. Since 2015 she is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at The New School in New York.
Rebekka Bay, Creative Director Uniqlo Global Innovation Center
Uniqlo has hired Rebekka Bay as creative director of its research and design centre in New York, effective May 1. Bay was previously head of product and design at Everlane, a role she exited in February. Before that, she held creative director roles at Gap, Bruuns Bazaar and Cos.
Simone Cipriani, Founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative
In 2009, Simone Cipriani joined the International Trade Centre where he founded the Ethical Fashion Initiative. Simone Cipriani began the project by developing a cooperative in the slum of Korogocho in Kenya with a group of micro-producers production hub in Kenya with the guidance of the visionary Gino Filippini. Gradually the project has expanded to Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Haiti, West Bank, Ethiopia and Cambodia. Today, through his work at the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani has become a key responsible fashion spokesperson at the forefront of the growing global movement for ethical supply chains in the fashion industry.
Gabi founded threeASFOUR in 2005, partnering with Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil. Over the last decade, the collective has built a legacy of fusing cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship. Recipients of the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum's2015 National Design Award, threeASFOUR has collaborated with numerous brands such as Kate Spade (2003) and the Gap (2008); as well as various artists and musicians, including Björk, Yoko Ono, and Matthew Barney. Drawing core aesthetic from the universal language of sacred geometry, threeASFOUR is devoted to the creative exploration of themes of consciousness and cultural coexistence.
Raul Polit Casillas, systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design. Now, as a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, he is still very much in the world of textiles. He and his colleagues are designing advanced woven metal fabrics for use in space.These fabrics could potentially be useful for large antennas and other deployable devices, because the material is foldable and its shape can change quickly. The fabrics could also eventually be used to shield a spacecraft from meteorites, for astronaut spacesuits, or for capturing objects on the surface of another planet.
Liz Collins, Artist & Designer
Liz Collins has been working across art, design, fashion, installation, and performance for two decades. She has exhibited at galleries and museums in the US and abroad and has taught and lectured at many art and design schools throughout the US, including having taught for ten years on the Textiles Faculty at Rhode Island School of Design (2003-13). Collins’ biggest installation project to date can be seen in the upcoming New Museum show Trigger: Gender as a Tool and as a Weapon. Collins’ awards include a USA Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and residencies at the Siena Art Institute, Haystack, Yaddo, AIR Alaska, and the Museum of Arts and Design. She is a Queer Art Mentor and serves on the board of the Fire Island Art Residency.