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Textile Design Workshop — Explore Color and Pattern

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

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.

This event is free. Registration is not required.

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.


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.

CYNTHIA  ALBERTO is Filipina, an artist, weaver, weaving activist,  teacher, and founder/director of the Brooklyn-based weaving studio, Weaving Hand.  Her personal work as a fiber artist bridges traditional and contemporary weaving: drawing inspiration from ancient communities of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Cynthia honors the artisanal process of weaving while using unconventional materials to create expressions of form, structure, and function, often addressing themes such as femininity, age, and beauty as it relates to our culture today. 

nspired by her studio practice and teaching, Cynthia continuously explores diverse relationships between weaving, healing, inclusive art, craft, and sustainability.  In 2014 at Weaving Hand, Cynthia developed "Weaving Together":  a series of ongoing collaborative weaving events that focus on healing the community and create interpersonal relationships through the act of weaving together. Members of different communities are invited to bring recycled materials to weave alongside their neighbors. "Weaving Together" events were held at Pioneer WorksQueens MuseumAce Hotel, and Bldg 92 Brooklyn Navy Yard

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.