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Cooper Hewitt Conversations

  • Industry City 220 36th Street Brooklyn, NY, 11232 United States (map)

Cooper Hewitt Conversations

Join Cooper Hewitt curator Susan Brown in conversation with PJ Gubatina Policarpio to discover how the rich history of textiles informs current techniques and innovations. Geek out on the past, present, and future of textile design! This is a free event and offered on a first-come, first-served basis to audiences of all ages.

This event is free. Registration is not required. (official page)

Celebrate NYC Textile Month with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center! Join us on Saturday, September 15 at Brooklyn’s Industry City, 220 36th Street, for design workshops. We invite all audiences to come gain exposure to design and the design process. No prior experience with design is needed to participate.

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12:00 PM–2:00 PM: TEXTILE DESIGN WORKSHOP— EXPLORE COLOR AND PATTERN

Participants will play with color, pattern and other design elements to design textiles with San Francisco-based designer PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Cynthia Alberto, Founder and Director of  Weaving Hand. This is a free event and offered on a first-come, first-served basis to audiences of all ages. Children must be over the age of 5 to participate.

2:30–3:00 PM: COOPER HEWITT CONVERSATIONS

Join Cooper Hewitt curator Matilda McQuaid in conversation with PJ Gubatina Policarpio to discover how the rich history of textiles informs current techniques and innovations. Geek out on the past, present, and future of textile design! This is a free event and offered on a first-come, first-served basis to audiences of all ages.

3:00–4:00 PM: TEXTILE DESIGN WORKSHOP— EXPLORE WEAVING TECHNIQUES

Make your own textile with San Francisco-based designer PJ Gubatina Policarpio and  Cynthia Alberto, Founder and Director of Weaving Hand! Learn the traditional indigenous back strap weaving technique, and leave with your own sample weaving. All materials will be provided. Recommended for audiences 18 years and older. Registration is required. $30 General Admission; $20 Cooper Hewitt Member, Student, Educator; $10 Seniors.

PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is a San Francisco-based artist, educator, curator, programmer, writer and community organizer. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, writing, collaboration, programming, publications, pedagogy and public engagement as both art and tool. PJ creates intersections for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. His publication Textiles of the Philippines is in the collection of The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

SUSAN BROWN is Associate Curator of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she has organized numerous highly successful exhibitions with accompanying publications, including Fashioning Felt,  Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance, Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, Quicktakes: Rodarte, David Adjaye Selects, and Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse. She has published articles in Hali, Surface Design, American Craft, TextilForum, and Modern Carpet and Textile, and also teaches in the Masters’ Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies offered by Cooper Hewitt with Parsons/The New School for Design.