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Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

DIY Light-up Badges and Signs with Kathleen McDermott

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DIY Light-up Badges and Signs with Kathleen McDermott

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Make your own light-up sign or badge with September's Work In Progress resident Kathleen McDermott.

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of circuit design using copper tape and paper to “write” a word or acronym of their choice in LED lights. Participants will also get an introduction to the software Eagle, and an overview of how to design circuits for professional printing, should they want to one day make multiples of their badge, sign or patch. There will also be an optional opportunity to learn to solder, which is useful for attaching LEDS to clothing and fabric.

Please note that workshop attendance will be first come first served, while supplies last.

Kathleen McDermott is a media artist with a background in installation and sculpture. She uses a combination of textiles, sculptural materials and open-source electronics to craft absurd wearable technology pieces that aim to explore the relationship between human bodies and technology, in both real and imagined scenarios. You visit Kathleen's studio at Work In Progress from September 1-30, at TAC Manhattan, and learn more about her work and process. LEARN MORE HERE.

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Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Pollution Hues: Exploring Water Quality Through Natural Dyes

Pollution Hues: Exploring Water Quality Through Natural Dyes

Once prevalent across all cultures, natural dyes were quickly replaced by synthetic dyes after their discovery in the nineteenth century. Besides being powerful color sources, plants can also reveal different properties of the water used.

High in tannins and readily available, avocado seeds are some of the most reliable colorants from nature. They yield a variety of (mostly pink) hues, depending on the quality of the water it is paired with.

During this workshop, participants will experiment with a variety of water samples from around the world to explore how different characteristics, like alkalinity and mineral content, affect the hues obtained from avocado seeds. Each participant will receive fabric samples to experiment with and a zine with information about natural dyes and water quality. They will also be able to save the fabric samples they will dye during the workshop with their respective notes.

Through this alternative way to explore water quality, participants will engage in different conversations regarding pollution and how seemingly innocuous substances can have harmful effects when present in high concentrations.

Pollution Hues, an accompanying workshop, will be held at A/D/O on 8/29/18 to experiment with color extraction using avocado seeds and a variety of water samples from around the world.

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Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Open Studio: Weaving Hand Workshop

Weaving Hand Workshop

Join us for Zero Waste weaving at Weaving Hand.

We will weave our waste on cricket looms, creating a custom fabric. Please bring your own waste to be woven. Any material that can be cut into strips will work- old clothing, plastic bags, towels, sheets, yarn scraps, string, etc.

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Sep
27
6:15 PM18:15

Textile Design Workshop: Embroidery for Change

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Textile Design Workshop: Embroidery for Change

In this workshop we will explore the tactile medium of embroidery as a way to address public as well as personal issues during this time of social discord.

Working with simple embroidery stitches, up-cycled fabric and thread, workshop participants will create their own personalized embroidered button to take home at the end of the night.

Join us, as we harness the power of craft in a communal setting to create change and healing. No experience necessary, beginners are welcome!

This is a free event. Space is limited. Registration is required

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

*Bobble* Club House

*Bobble* Club House

*Bobble* Club House is a Knitting Social Club where knitters and crocheters from all over the city come together to make something new, binge our favorite tv shows/movie, and build a supportive community. Escape the stresses of your daily life with a little yarn therapy. Tickets are $18. Tickets cover entry into the event, snacks, gift bags (full of new yarns, discount codes, patterns, and products), and entry into the raffle. 
Commonly Asked Questions:
Can Anyone Join?
If you know how to knit or crochet and you want to meet other people who are into the same things then you are welcome to come!
What You Need To Bring?
Your favorite knitting needles or crochet hook
Something to work on (could be a new project or that project that you’ve been working on for months but haven’t had the time to finish it)

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Sep
26
2:00 PM14:00

DESIGN BY HAND | COLOR WORKSHOP WITH SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS

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DESIGN BY HAND | COLOR WORKSHOP WITH SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS

Scholten & Baijings will share the studio’s investigations into the dynamic interaction of color through their Maharam Darning Sampler project. Participants will use various materials to explore how layering, opacity, and proximity can transform relationships between colors.

Founded in 2000 by industrial designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings, the studio is known for its minimalist aesthetic and rich explorations in graphics and color informed by investigations of hand craftsmanship. Works by the atelier have been highlighted in major museums around the world, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the V&A, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Rijksmuseum.

ABOUT THE DESIGN BY HAND SERIES
Launched in partnership with Van Cleef & Arpels in fall 2013, the Design by Hand series focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations, and merits of contemporary global designers. Special programs connect university students, high school students, adults, and families with design

Design by Hand is made possible by the support of Van Clef & Arpels.


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Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Talk + Workshop | Natalia Nakazawa: Unarchiving Woven Histories

Artist Talk + Workshop | Natalia Nakazawa: Unarchiving Woven Histories

American Folk Art Museum Self-Taught Genius Gallery

Natalia Nakazawa is a Queens-based artist working across multiple disciplines, including painting, textiles, and social practice. In conjunction with Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, Natalia will present “Unarchiving Woven Histories,” an artist talk, exhibition walk-through, and collaborative quilt-making workshop that explore the stories embedded in everyday materials and things.

This three-part program begins with a presentation on Natalia’s practice, touching on Orhan Pamuk’s “Modest Manifesto for Museums.” Her current traveling tapestry project, Our Stories of Migration, reconsiders objects from the collections of major institutions as tangible and intimate textiles for individuals to engage with through personal mapping and hand sewing. In the gallery, Natalia and exhibition curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo will unpack a selection of works on view, examining what material, pattern, and motif can reveal about quilts and the women who stitched them. To wrap up the program, participants will be invited to create a quilt square using materials brought to the workshop for their history and personal significance. Completed quilt squares will be cataloged and digitized to create a zine that will be distributed to participants and entered into the American Folk Art Museum archive. Following the program, light refreshments will be served.

Free; registration recommended. Capacity is limited for the workshop component.

To be placed on the waitlist, send an email to: stggallery@folkartmuseum.org

Please Note: this program takes place on the second floor, which is accessed by stairs. For participants who require an elevator, please email to make arrangements in advance: stggallery@folkartmuseum.org

Natalia Nakazawa received her MFA in studio practice from California College of the Arts, a MSEd from Queens College, and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, NY), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), The Noyes Museum of Art (Atlantic City, NJ), Old Stone House (Brooklyn, NY), Project for Empty Space (Newark, NJ), The Space for Public Art (New York, NY), Blackburn 20|20 Gallery (New York, NY), Casa de la Ciudad (Oaxaca, Mexico), Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Topaz Arts Inc. (Queens, NY), and ISE Cultural Foundation (New York, NY).

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Sep
25
5:00 PM17:00

Knit Night at Purl Soho

Knit Night at Purl Soho

Join Purl Soho for Knit Night! Gather around our shop table with other local fiber lovers, and knit whatever's on your needles, chat about all things knitting, and get to know each other. Come to our shop at 459 Broome Street on September 25th from 5-7pm... It's a free get together and all knitting levels are welcome!

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Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Open Studio: Thompson Street Studio experimental quilting workshop

Kiva Motnyk, founder of Thompson Street Studio, invites you to her Soho studio for a tour and short experimental quilting workshop. We will learn the hands on process of creating a small quilted textile using repurposed, or naturally dyed materials in free form way. Materials will be provided however Students are invited to bring meaningful textiles they would like to incorporate into the piece. 

Thompson Street Studio designs objects for the home with a focus on experimental textiles. We explore connections between art, industry and nature through a process of conception, collaboration and innovation. 

Our goal is to inspire community, building on traditional techniques to create heirlooms with modernist sensibility.

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Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Design Kids: Fun With Textiles

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Design Kids: Fun With Textiles

Participants will explore pattern making with Wolf Gordon Design Studio. Attendees will create wallpaper pattern designs inspired by elements found in nature. Workshops are geared toward kids ages 5 through 12.

Session 1: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

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FAMILY PROGRAMS FAQ

CAN I BRING MY GROUP TO THE PROGRAM?

Design Kids programs are intended for families. We are unable to accommodate groups.

CAN I LEAVE MY CHILD?

Caretakers must remain with their child for the duration of the program.

WHAT IS MY ROLE AS THE CAREGIVER IN THIS PROGRAM?

We require that caregivers actively participate in our workshops. Cooper Hewitt educators lead and facilitate a fun, family-friendly design project. Caregivers are responsible for helping their child with their individual projects and are expected to manage any behavioral challenges that might be disruptive to the group. Caretakers must stay with their child for the duration of the program.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A PROGRAM?

All family programming is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You cannot reserve a ticket online. We recommend arriving to the event location fifteen minutes before scheduled programming begins to ensure a spot.  If the program is full when you arrive, we invite you to join a later session.

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Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

TINY PRICKS: Tweets, Textiles, and Trump

TINY PRICKS: Tweets, Textiles, and Trump

Tiny Pricks is a project in which participants stitch quotes by Trump into antique or inherited textiles to create a material record of his presidency. Pieces are donated to a travelling collection to be exhibited around the country. The methodology of the project is based on social media sharing, participatory political protest, and craftivism. To view over 100 pieces created to date, please follow the series on Diana Weymar. Tiny Pricks counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter, social media, and Trump’s overall approach to politics.

 

This is a special workshop co-hosted by Planthouse Gallery artist and activist Diana Weymar. Information on creation, documentation, and sharing of your Tiny Prick piece will be outlined at the workshop but here’s a brief introduction to the project. If you are unable to make the workshop, you can email diana@weymar.com for complete instructions and participate remotely.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE :

 


1. Picking a quote. I generally use Trump’s recent Twitter feed as a guide but have occasionally, as many others have, quoted statements he’s made over the decades. If you have a creative source or other reference material, please let me know. As long as it has a context to the series, it will work. For example, I used a James Comey quote for a piece.
2. Picking a textile. I use inherited textiles from my grandparents, donated by friends and strangers, and iconic textiles relating to the content of the piece. Things to consider when picking your textile: How is it to stitch into? Will the text be easy to read? If not using a hoop - handheld - is it thick or stiff enough to use (see examples of handkerchiefs folding into smaller squares with stitching through all four layers)? Can a washable fabric marker be used on it? (Ink is blue.) Is it the right size for my quote? Can it fit the entire quote? How much “blank space” is there for stitching? Does the design of the textile resonate with the content of my quote? 3. Merging quote and textile. I generally used washable transfer markers (available at craft stores) but I have also used a pencil and, in rare cases with thick textile, a thin Sharpie. Map out your piece, trace the shape of your textile onto a piece of paper, practice spacing and style of your quote on the paper, and then outline final version with a sharpie, lay textile over it, trace the text onto the textile with a washable marker.

 


ONCE YOUR PIECE IS FINISHED:

 After your piece has been stitched, washable marker removed, ironed, and photographed, it’s ready to be published. As you can see from my Instagram account, all pieces are given a number in the series. From there, pieces can have titles, hashtags, quotes, explanations, links, historical documentation, personal statements, or, one of my favorite, lyrics from pop songs. This is your moment to further share the thoughts that didn’t come out in the thread. If you like. I can also provide documentation for your pieces. You’re also welcome to share your piece on social media if you’re on it and to invite others to join you in making pieces.


All original pieces are mailed to me - I provide my contact information in the complete instructions and become a permanent part of the collection. You are credited as the artist of your piece in all documents and exhibits with an Index.

 The ultimate goal is to have thousands of Tiny Pricks created from around the world as a global reaction to this presidency. Making something beautiful out of something unpleasant and, to be frank, that has set off for many a kind of unraveling of values and security. Certainly, this is a way of creating something out of confusion.

 Please email me with questions, comments, concerns ... this project is in its early stages and it grows and evolves as others join it. diana@weymar.com. I am always collecting textiles for the project so please let me know if you have some to donate.

 Thank you,

 Diana Weymar

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Sep
18
5:00 PM17:00

Textile Tutorial Night at Purl Soho

Textile Tutorial Night at Purl Soho

Join Purl Soho for Textile Tutorial Night! In celebration of New York Textile Month, our instructors will be offering two hours of fun and informative hands-on tutorials and demonstrations in weaving, knitting, and crochet. Bring your questions and curiosity as we explore all things textile during this free get-together! Come by our shop at 459 Broome Street on September 18th from 5 to 7pm. All craft levels encouraged!

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Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sashiko Workshop at Purl Soho

ashiko Workshop at Purl Soho

Purl Soho is thrilled to host third-generation Sashiko artist Atsushi Futatsuya for a very special workshop! He will expose you to the rich tradition of beautiful Sashiko embroidery, teaching the ins and outs of this meditative art with hands-on instruction. This workshop includes all the materials you'll need to complete an indigo printed pattern (which you can later turn into a tote bag, a pillow, a wall hanging, or whatever you like!). A full day of wonderful learning from a wonderful teacher, plus a midday break to explore neighborhood lunch spots... Please join us!

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Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Open Studio: Hand Knit Workshops at Raw Material No.52

NYTM Open Studio: Hand Knit Workshops at Raw Material No.52

Raw Material No.52, LLC is specialising in luxury yarn for hand knitting. Our
new AllStar line offers ethically sourced Silk, Mohair, Merino, Cashmere,
Recycled Cashmere ReVerSo (tm), high-twist Cotton, and Linen yarns, spun
exclusively for us by mills in Japan, Italy, South Africa, and the USA. In
collaboration with Botanical Colors, LLC we offer DIY Kits which pair our
AllStar yarns with botanical dyes.
RMN52 is focused and committed to sustainability, innovation and luxury for
the needle craft community. We aspire to partner with Detroit-based The
Empowerment Plan (TEP) to train and mentor associates in the craft of hand
and machine knitting. RMN52 knits Italian cashmere beanies on hand looms
in NYC exclusively branded for Detroit Denim. In the future, we will further
develop original design for DIY Kits for hand knitting. We thrive for a future
of philanthropic partnerships and creative collaborations with like-minded
visionaries.
At the NYTM Open Studios, RMN52 will feature three 2 hour Hand Knit
Workshops with accomplished Influencers and Instructors. The Beginner and
Intermediate level Workshops are free to those who aspire to join. AllStar
yarn will be available for purchase, however, feel welcome to bring your own
yarn as well. The Workshops will be offered to groups of 5-7 and will be held
in our West 57th Street Studio location. Look for the class posting and
details for Sept 15th weekend.

Intermediate/ Beginner Level Knitting- Intro to Color Work, Intro to Cables

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Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Techno-Love Series At Fridman Gallery

Techno-Love Series Fridman Gallery, September 2018

For New York Textile Month, Weaving Hand  will participate by offering workshops for the duration of the month as well as hosting an interactive wearable dance performance towards the middle of September in lower Manhattan. The performance will be a celebratory experience that includes participants of other NYTM events, in addition to creating a fun and engaging atmosphere for everyone involved. During the course of the month, the company will be offering workshops and studio tours as well.

“Techno-Love Series 2018” 

fridman gallery will host a performative series of wearable woven cocoons, Techno-Love Series, an interactive audiovisual exhibit featured in the MAD Museum (madmuseum.org/events/ techno-love-series). They are inspired by the experiences of a recent revelatory experience enjoyed by artist Cynthia Alberto at a desert musical festival. The shape and style of the cocoons are meant to mirror the functions of Sensory Pressure Vests, which are weighted vests that are to be placed onto children or individuals who are overly stimulated to weigh them into place. They will be statically placed, but visitors can take them down and wear them on their bodies. The cocoons are built using traditional weaving methods, and utilize recycled rope from another project - MoMA’s 2016 “Weaving the Courtyard” exhibit. On the evening of September 13th, 2018 at 7PM, there will be a choreographed live performance of the pieces in a 20-minute show with electronic music, and a troupe of dancers.

Zakhele Zamisa is a New York-based music producer with a knack for hip-hop, electronic music, and their respective subgenres. He is curating the soundtrack that will serve as the backdrop to Cynthia Alberto’s interactive audiovisual exhibit Techno-Love Series.

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Sep
11
5:00 PM17:00

Knit Night at Purl Soho

Knit Night at Purl Soho

Join Purl Soho for Knit Night! Gather around our shop table with other local fiber lovers, and knit whatever's on your needles, chat about all things knitting, and get to know each other. Come to our shop at 459 Broome Street on September 11th from 5-7pm... It's a free get together and all knitting levels are welcome!

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Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Fellow Focus: Lexy Ho-Tai

Fellow Focus: Lexy Ho-Tai

In Kookerville, MAD’s Fall 2017 Van Lier Fellow Lexy Ho-Tai presents mixed-media artworks and soft sculptures crafted from found and recycled materials, exploring the intersection between craft and play. As part of the Museum’s Fellow Focus series, the exhibition considers art and accessibility in the context of Kookerville, an imagined world created by Ho-Tai, which will be activated by a culminating participatory performance.

In Kookerville, our inner children are manifested in brightly colored creatures called Kookers, constructed with detachable parts such as instruments and masks to encourage public participation. The creatures’ large scale, bright colors, and whimsical demeanor spark spontaneous moments of human connection and social disruption through play and absurdity.

Ho-Tai conceived the ongoing project in 2015, as a temporary escape—a world of healing through joy, color, and imagination—and a catalyst for unleashing viewers’ creativity and self-expression. She offers the alternative world as an opportunity for visitors to reevaluate their own world and imagine new possibilities, however unexpected or “kooky” they may be. 

On view in the sixth-floor Project Space, Kookerville is the fourth installation of the MAD Education Department’s Fellow Focus series. Dedicated to highlighting the work of alumni of the Van Lier Fellowship, part of MAD’s Artist Studios program, Fellow Focus invites these emerging artists to showcase the artwork they produced while in residence at the Museum. Funds for the Van Lier Fellowship are provided by the New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship Program, which supports talented, culturally diverse, economically challenged young people who are seriously dedicated to careers in the arts.

Lexy Ho-Tai is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with found and recycled materials using traditional craft techniques. As a teaching artist, she emphasizes collaboration, engagement, and participatory projects as integral to her practice. Interested in the intersection between art making and social change, she explores themes of human connectivity and female empowerment as well as narratives of the inner child to produce work that is humorous, playful, and interactive. Ho-Tai earned a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design and also studied textiles at Central Saint Martins, London.

Kookerville is organized by Cathleen Lewis, Vice President of Education and Programs, and Marissa Passi, Coordinator of Public Programs, for the MAD Education Department. 

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