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Nature By Design

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Nature By Design: Selections From The Permanent Collection

To accompany the special exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Nature by Design presents nine distinct stories drawn from Cooper Hewitt’s collection of over 210,000 design objects. Throughout history, designers have observed nature, investigated its materials, and imitated and abstracted its patterns and shapes. Textiles, jewelry, furniture, cutlery, and more show how designers have interpreted nature’s rich beauty and astonishing complexity. Across scales from microscopic to monumental, and in forms familiar and unusual, we invite visitors to discover how nature and design have intersected in the past and continue to converge in our world.

Katagami — March 30–oct. 27

This exhibition highlights the traditional Japanese craft of katagami: paper stencils carved by master artisans for use in decorating textiles. These stencils often take nature as their subject, and are made from natural materials. Cooper Hewitt’s collection of katagami mostly dates to the late Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) eras, when the craft was at its height. The works on view demonstrate a range of styles and cutting techniques, reflecting the great expressive potential of the medium.

To create the stencils, pounded mulberry bark is treated with fermented persimmon juice, resulting in a paper that is strong, flexible, and waterproof. Once the paper has been cut, thin silk threads are sometimes added in order to reinforce the design. These treatments are necessary because, since at least the 16th century, katagami have been employed in a dyeing technique called katazome. In this method, a highly-skilled dyer places the paper stencil over prepared fabric and applies a dye-resistant rice paste (or “resist”) through the stencil. This process is then repeated along the fabric’s length, creating an unbroken pattern. Later, when the fabric is dyed—usually with natural indigo—the areas protected by the resist remain untouched by the color. Finally, when the resist is washed away, the finished textile retains the stencil’s design.

Embroidered And Embellished — March 30–Oct. 27

A fanciful, romantic, and stylized interpretation of nature embellished men’s waistcoats in 18th-century France.  Realistic and exaggerated flowers were the preferred form of decoration and displayed the exceptional skills of France’s embroidery professionals, who employed a painterly approach that required a sophisticated color sense and delicate rendering of light and shadow to amplify the brightness of the florals. A majority of the superb waistcoats and samples in this gallery were bequeathed to Cooper Hewitt by  Richard C. Greenleaf, who in the early 20th century assembled one of the most important collections of European textiles and lace in the United States. The waistcoats, along with embroidery samples and their related designs on paper, illustrate the exquisite artistry and incomparable craftsmanship that made French design the standard for men’s dress across the royal courts of Europe.

Among the most fashionable piece of clothing for a gentleman of the ancien régime, a white silk waistcoat was the perfect canvas for displaying elaborately designed floral frameworks. To set the fashion, a gentleman needed dozens, if not hundreds, of waistcoats festooned not only with beautiful flowers, but clever references that sparked conversation. Faced with a growing demand for novelty, embroidery designers began adding animals, insects, romantic vistas, and even cultural and historical references to heighten the whimsy and topicality of their waistcoat designs. Close examination reveals the gold and silver thread, sequins, seed pearls, faceted glass, and paste beads that elevated men’s clothing to a height of elegance and intricacy rarely seen since.


Paisley — April 12–Nov. 11

Design’s tear-drop shaped motif popularly known as paisley has persisted, and its timeline of design variations reflect a diversity of natural forms. Everything from a flowering plant with its roots attached to a slender cypress tree with bent tip to a serpentine and elongated scroll have been stylized and expressed in paisley’s ornamental grammar. It is a design that for centuries has evolved with the fashion and interior styles of cultures around the world, with a complex history revealing an amalgamation of influences from Persia, India, and Europe. Integrally tied to the shawls handwoven in Kashmir during the 18th and 19th centuries, paisley derives its name from the Scottish town that became famous for producing imitation Kashmir shawls in the 19th century. Often infilled with flowers, more paisleys, and even jewels, the motif is constantly revisited by designers as we see in this display of over 80 objects from the collection—many shown for the first time. Designers, such as Etro, Zandra Rhodes, and Maharam are drawn to this timeless shape and its inherent vitality. And perhaps the secret to paisley’s immortality is the way its traditions have been adapted to combine conformity with the spirit of a wild child.

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Jun
10
to Jan 20

Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

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Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Designers are forging meaningful connections with nature, inspired by its properties and resources. Their collaborative processes—working with nature and in teams across multiple disciplines—are optimistic responses at this moment when humans contend with the complexities and conditions of our planet. Compelled by a sense of urgency, designers look to nature as a guide and partner.

With projects ranging from experimental prototypes to consumer products, immersive installations, and architectural constructions, Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, co-organized with Cube design museum, presents the work of sixty-two international design teams. Collaborations involve scientists, engineers, advocates for social and environmental justice, artists, and philosophers. They are engaging with nature in innovative and ground-breaking ways, driven by a profound awareness of climate change and ecological crises as much as advances in science and technology.

The exhibition themes explore seven strategies that designers are using to collaborate with nature—to understand, remediate, simulate, salvage, nurture, augment, and facilitate. The outcomes are speculative or practical and reveal new materials, creative methods, and inventive technologies. These provocations and solutions put forth by today’s extraordinary design teams serve as encouragement for an enduring and more respectful partnership with nature.

Curatorial teams from both museums developed the exhibition content, including Cooper Hewitt’s Caitlin Condell, associate curator and head of Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design; Andrea Lipps, associate curator of contemporary design; Matilda McQuaid, deputy director of curatorial and head of Textiles; and Caroline O’Connell, curatorial assistant; and Cube’s Gene Bertrand, program and development director; and Hans Gubbels, director of Cube.

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Jun
20
to Sep 29

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion

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Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion is the first New York retrospective in forty years to focus on the legendary couturier. Drawn primarily from Pierre Cardin’s archive, the exhibition traverses the designer’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Known today for his bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Cardin extended his design concepts from fashion to furniture, industrial design, and beyond.

The exhibition presents over 170 objects drawn from his atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films. The objects are displayed in an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes.

Highlights of Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion include rare designs in luxury fabrics from the 1950s; a large grouping from the landmark 1964 “Cosmocorps” collection, which sought to streamline menswear by eliminating excessive detailing; creations that incorporate vinyls, plastics, and the self-named Cardine synthetic fabric; signature unisex ensembles featuring full knit bodysuits with layered skirts, vests, bibs, and jewelry; iconic broad-shouldered jackets from the 1980s based on Japanese origami, Chinese architecture, and American football uniforms; “illuminated” jumpsuits and dresses; recent couture eveningwear; and an extensive overview of Cardin’s recently designed couture menswear.

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion is curated and designed by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum

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Aug
7
to Sep 29

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall

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Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall

On view at the Brooklyn Museum: Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall Commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities. The exhibition presents twenty-eight LGBTQ+ artists born after 1969 whose works grapple with the unique conditions of our political time, and question how moments become monuments. Through painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video, these artists engage interconnected themes of revolt, commemoration, care, and desire.


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Aug
8
to Jan 26

Vera Paints a Scarf

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Vera Paints a Scarf

Vera Paints a Scarf celebrates the work of artist Vera Neumann (1907-1993) and her contributions to the field of American design. Neumann was among the most successful female design entrepreneurs of the 20th century, and an originator of the American lifestyle brand. Over the course of her career, which spanned from her label’s debut in 1942 to her death in 1993, Neumann produced an iconic line of women's scarves all signed with a cursive “Vera” and stamped with a ladybug, as well as thousands of textile patterns based on her drawings, paintings, and collages. This exhibition will be the first to comprehensively examine her career—and highlights the keys to her success: her joyful and inventive aesthetic, democratic design ethos, fusion of craft and mass production, and clever marketing.

Telling the story of the artist behind the Vera brand, Vera Paints a Scarf  will offer a selection of paintings produced in Neumann’s preferred technique, Japanese sumi-e (ink painting), from which her textile designs derive. The exhibition will then continue with a broad exploration of her design work through over two hundred objects from her lines for the home and women’s fashion produced between 1950 and 1980, including original works on paper, textiles and garments, archival photographs and video, as well as the ephemera related to the company’s marketing campaigns, which ingeniously used the tagline “Vera paints” to promote her mass-market label.

Vera Paints a Scarf: The Art and Design of Vera Neumann is curated by Elissa Auther, MAD’s Windgate Research and Collections Curator with the support of Curatorial Assistant Alida Jekabson. Additional support was provided by Rachael Schwabe and George Tiger Liu.

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Aug
12
to Aug 24

Lost/Found, TAC AIR Cycle 10 Final Exhibition

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Lost/Found, TAC AIR Cycle 10 Final Exhibition

Lost/Found is the culminating exhibition of the 10th cycle of the Textile Arts Center's Artists in Residence (TAC-AIR) , on view from 12-24 September 2019 in the TAC Project Space at the Textile Arts Center.

We are living through wild times. When there’s so much being lost, our personal becomes political, and political becomes personal.

In “Lost/Found”, a large scale tapestry tells a story of the stranglehold of addiction; the tailored shirt is enlarged, warped, and dismantled, commenting on gender normativity and patriarchal oppression; used garments gain new identities in the form of painterly compositions. An installation of prints playfully explores the idea of “cuteness” and its relation with consumption in a post-internet society; body-centric modular fabric structures propose new solutions for intimacy in domestic spaces. Flesh like knitted forms hang heavily in tension reminding us of the emotional and political challenges women still face in the context of an unwanted pregnancy. A collection of hand knitted and woven works inspired by textile traditions, motherhood and inherited legacies provides a vision of intergenerational dialogue and collaboration. A dinner party table setting incites revolution.

The work featured in Lost/Found results of nine months of questioning and reflection, throughout which the eight artists used textiles to voice their truth, reconnect with their collective history and, collaboratively, find new narratives of empowerment.

Artists in “Lost/Found” are Romina Chuls, Dance Doyle, Familien Iglesias, Tiantian Lou, Erin Palumbo, Noah Pica, Winnie van der Rijn and Shihui Zhou.

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Sep
10
4:00 PM16:00

Textile Tuesday: The Value of Deadstock with Queen of Raw

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Textile Tuesday: The Value of Deadstock with Queen of Raw

Once each month, RE:SOURCE invites a sustainable textile vendor to present their materials, fibers and / or processes. Join September's Textile Tuesday with Queen of Raw in their new space in NYC's Garment District.

Supply chains are insanely wasteful, which harm people, planet, and profit. More than $120 billion worth of excess fabric goes unused in warehouses around the world every year! With a family in the business for over 100 years, Stephanie Benedetto saw the problem first hand a built the solution. Queen of Raw is a marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles, keeping it out of landfill and turning pollution into profit.

Join Stephanie Benedetto, CEO & Co-Founder of Queen of Raw, as she discusses new sustainable business models, innovative technology like blockchain and machine learning/AI, and the value of deadstock.

This event will also include a sales area where they will be selling deadstock textiles and trims so bring some bags to take home your goodies!

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Sep
12
to Feb 23

The World of Anna Sui

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The World of Anna Sui

Born and raised in Detroit, educated and discovered in New York, Anna Sui reinvented pop culture fashion with her signature rock-and-roll romantic label in the 1990s and has remained a design icon ever since. Beginning with her premiere catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, cosmetics, and interiors that comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history by popularizing the boutique fashion look. Sui’s unique approach to creating narratives through her work is legendary: a self-taught historian of culture, art, and fashion, she samples music, books, exhibitions, movies, time periods, photography, and art movements in her designs.

Over the years, Sui has explored wide-ranging materials and inspirations, including papier-mâché mannequin heads; linens by Vera; Claire McCardell sportswear; army surplus jackets; Japanese hankies; qipao dresses; wood-soled platforms from Goody Two-Shoes; the style of Jane Holzer, Zandra Rhodes, and Anita Pallenberg; and Minnie Mouse. Her collections are replete with references, processed and creatively reimagined through the filter of Anna Sui.

Unlike other popular American designers, Sui is driven by telling stories head-to-toe about the worlds of cowgirls, grunge girls, hippie chicks, hula girls, Mods, pirate rock stars, Pre-Raphaelite maidens, and surfer nomads. The exhibition gives insights into her process, allowing the viewer to step inside her imagination and watch it unfold.

The World of Anna Sui features approximately one-hundred looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of twelve archetypes that are staples of the Sui aesthetic. It also spotlights her heroes as a youth and the importance of her collaborators, including the New York City Garment Center.

The first iteration of this exhibition debuted at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, in the summer of 2017.

The World of Anna Sui was curated by Dennis Nothdruft for the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. It was secured for the Museum of Arts and Design by former William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton and adapted for the New York audience by Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford.

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Lost/Found, TAC AIR Cycle 10 Final Exhibition

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Opening Reception: Lost/Found, TAC AIR Cycle 10 Final Exhibition

Lost/Found is the culminating exhibition of the 10th cycle of the Textile Arts Center's Artists in Residence (TAC-AIR) , on view from 12-24 September 2019 in the TAC Project Space at the Textile Arts Center.

We are living through wild times. When there’s so much being lost, our personal becomes political, and political becomes personal.

In “Lost/Found”, a large scale tapestry tells a story of the stranglehold of addiction; the tailored shirt is enlarged, warped, and dismantled, commenting on gender normativity and patriarchal oppression; used garments gain new identities in the form of painterly compositions. An installation of prints playfully explores the idea of “cuteness” and its relation with consumption in a post-internet society; body-centric modular fabric structures propose new solutions for intimacy in domestic spaces. Flesh like knitted forms hang heavily in tension reminding us of the emotional and political challenges women still face in the context of an unwanted pregnancy. A collection of hand knitted and woven works inspired by textile traditions, motherhood and inherited legacies provides a vision of intergenerational dialogue and collaboration. A dinner party table setting incites revolution.

The work featured in Lost/Found results of nine months of questioning and reflection, throughout which the eight artists used textiles to voice their truth, reconnect with their collective history and, collaboratively, find new narratives of empowerment.

Artists in “Lost/Found” are Romina Chuls, Dance Doyle, Familien Iglesias, Tiantian Lou, Erin Palumbo, Noah Pica, Winnie van der Rijn and Shihui Zhou.

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Threads: Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch

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Threads: Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch

Please join us for a screening of the documentary film THREADS, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and FIT graduate Yasmine Dabbous.

THREADS tells the story of Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist, who uses the ancient Bengali quilt work tradition of Kantha to help other women rise from the despair of poverty to support their families, leaving a legacy of beauty and sustainable livelihoods behind. Surayia Rahman’s designs, stitched by artisans of Bangladesh are in the permanent collections of Royal Collection Trust (United Kingdom), Textile Museum of Canada, the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), and Powerhouse Museum (Australia).

After the film there will be discussion and q&a with the filmmaker Cathy Stevaluk and FIT graduate Yasmine Dabbous. 


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Sep
14
8:30 AM08:30

Hudson Valley Textile Tour: Design Library

Hudson Valley Textile Tour: Design Library - NY Textile Lab - Little Creek Alpaca Farm

NYTM is proud to announce the first Hudson Valley Textile Tour. Organized by NYTM (including transportation), this will be a rare opportunity to see some of the most exciting textile related activity in the Hudson Valley. 

Design Library: This will be the first time the Design Library will open its doors to the public. The Design Library has the world’s largest and best organized collections of documentary fabrics. From original paintings to wallpapers, embroideries and yarn dyes, their collection numbers over seven million designs. The collections date from the 1750s to the present and are sorted into over 1200 categories for easy access. The move to Wappingers Falls from Vermont unlocked vast sections of the collection. At last, the entire archive was united under one roof and fully accessible to clients.

New York Textile Lab Is a design and consulting company. They design yarns and textiles that connect designers to fiber producers and mills to help grow an economically diverse textile supply ecosystem. The resources that they provide give designers agency to make better decisions about their social and environmental investments. Their textiles embody deep value through their sourcing and production practices. The fibers they use are grown on healthy, climate beneficial soil within their region, and they partner with mills and manufacturers that are local, transparent, and ethical. 

Little Creek Alpaca Farm: Join a conversation about the Carbon Farm Initiative over local wine and cheese. Regenerative textile systems represent a positive approach to material sourcing and a solution to reverse climate change. These systems actively rebuild soil health during the growing and processing of yarns used in textiles. The restored health of our soil supports the sequestration of carbon which mitigates the harmful effects of climate change. 



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Sep
16
to Sep 20

Material ConneXion Opens To The Public

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Material ConneXion Opens To The Public

Leading Materials-Driven Platform Announces Partnership with New York Textile Month in honor of this September’s festival. Material ConneXion, the leading materials-driven resource and partner to the most innovative brands in the world will open their library headquarters to the public for a week of self-guided tours and exciting material inspiration.

Located at the heart of Midtown, the New York library is home to over 2,000 physical material and process samples from around the world. Otherwise accessible only to Material ConneXion members, the library will host several visitors during the week of September 16th -20th 2019.

Material ConneXion’s partnership with New York Textile Month marks the first occasion where the library will be open to the public. Material ConneXion (materialconnexion.com), a SANDOW company, is a global materials and innovation platform that connects clients with over 10,000 materials and technologies to help create the products and services of tomorrow. Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, as well as forward thinking agencies and government entities. With locations in Bangkok, Bilbao, Daegu, Milan, New York, Skövde, Tokyo, and North Carolina, Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability, and innovation.

To reserve a date at the library, or to learn more, visit Materialconnexion.com

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Sep
17
to Sep 26

Special Exhibit: HBF Textiles + Elodie Blanchard

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Special Exhibit: HBF Textiles + Elodie Blanchard

HBF Textiles and designer Elodie Blanchard will present a special exhibit of Blanchard's unique textile art opening night Wednesday, September 25 from 5:30-8:00 at the HBF& HBF Textiles showroom. Blanchard began designing clothes and organizing fashion shows in her teens before moving to Paris to study sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts and fashion at the Duperré School of Design and Fashion. In 1999, she won the young designer prize at the International Fashion Arts Festival of Hyeres, which gave her the opportunity to sell her eponymous clothing line at the famed French La Redoute store. After studying at CalArts in Los Angeles, her interests expanded to performance projects, including collaborations with musicians and dancers. Later, Blanchard delved into a variety of endeavors including prototype product development, trend forecasting, special event design, and costume and set design. She has also taught at Parsons in NY. She is the founder of Elodie Blanchard Studio specializing in textile design and fabrication. Her aesthetic is modern and whimsical: each unique piece showcases her ability to take everyday objects - an heirloom quilt, a utilitarian moving blanket, a favorite pair of pants - and transform them into extraordinary textiles with diverse design applications.


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Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Sarajo: A Conversation on Fiber Textile Art

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Sarajo: A Conversation on Fiber Textile Art

Sarajo is delighted to once again host an event in conjunction with Textile Month NYC. Yosi Barzilai, owner of Sarajo, a gallery of antique textiles and ethnographic art, will present a talk at his SoHo gallery is presented in partnership with New York Textile Month.

When one thinks of natural fibers, one is naturally inclined to think of the most common sources: wool, silk and linen, but it is the less obvious and more exotic plant derived fibers, those having their origins mostly in tropical climes, which will be discussed during the Sarajo presentation.

Among the textiles to be discussed and on display will be examples from Sub Saharan Africa, Ivory Coast, Congo, Madagascar, the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In an era of increased globalization, it is fascinating to consider how and why some of these textiles have managed to break out of their original environments to enjoy a far-flung popularity and appreciation, while others, against all odds, have managed to retrain their rarefied status. A preference for using “green” materials by those inclined towards environmental friendliness is certainly one very good reason.

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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
23
1:00 PM13:00

Open Studio: Jeannine Han

New York Textile Month is pleased to announce an invitation to Jeannine Han’s Open Studio on September 23rd from 1pm - 4pm. She has participated in our annual open studios in the past and this year she will discuss her current work in hand weaving processes. There will be light refreshments served, all are welcome!

Jeannine Han, lives and works in NY

Jeannine Han is an artist and designer living and working in New York where you’ll
often find her in the studio exploring materiality through textiles, fashion and film. Her
works have also involved developing highly technical sound sensor textile materials
developed a way of creating new instrument interfaces, synthesizer sources, and
tones in music harmony. Currently Jeannine is teaching at several different academic
institutions in NYC; Parsons, FIT and Pratt Institute in various disciplines and
technologies. She focuses on opening a trans-disciplinary dialogue in fashion and
textile forms.
Jeannine holds a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Swedish School of
Textiles and completed a post studies program at The Royal Institute of Art,
Stockholm in Fine Art, and holds a B.F.A degree in Design/ Media Arts from
University of California Los Angeles(UCLA). Her most recent works have
been exhibited at Entrée Gallery, Bergen, Norway, Sculpture Center, NY,
Bard Graduate Center of Material Studies, NY, ICA London (in collaboration
with Tamara Henderson), and Performa 13

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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
1:00 PM13:00

A Joint Open Studio at Brooklyn Fire Proof Studios

Fragmentario – Ste 417

Before the mid-nineteenth century, plants and other natural sources were used across all cultures to color fiber. After the discovery of synthetic dyes, natural dyes were quickly replaced and an important part of civilization was forgotten. Fragmentario seeks to explore natural dyes in a modern context and inspire conversations about cultural heritage and collective memory. 

Fragmentario was founded in Brooklyn in 2016 by Maria Elena Pombo, a fashion design graduate from Parsons School of Design who has worked at Michael Kors and other New York based designers.

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Pouch NYC – Ste 317

Founded in 2017, Pouch is a New York-based furniture design studio in the business of reconceptualizing comfort. In collaboration with artisans in Chalate, El Salvador, the Pouch design collective consists of New York-based artisans and designers contributing their craft and creative perspectives to a common platform. The resulting product integrates timeless handwoven techniques from Central America with endless customization options for an elevated style of hammocks that challenges existing modern environments. Pouch extends the versatility of hammocks and hanging chairs, aiming to make the physical experience of leisure readily available within the parameters of contemporary living.

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Anthemia – Ste 305

Anthemia is created by farmer, herbalist, and artist Barrie Cohen. 

 Barrie grew up in New York City but always felt a deep connection to nature. In her early twenties, she began working on organic vegetable farms, first in New Zealand, and then across the U.S., from California to New York. Through years of farming and study, Barrie became increasingly well-versed in plants and their medicinal properties, eventually falling in love with the traditional practice of plant dyeing.

 Today, Barrie works out of her studio in Brooklyn but still frequents local farms where she collects flowers and dye plants. Through Anthemia , Barrie combines her artistry in dyeing with her training in tarot. The result is one-of-a-kind garments that reflect the magic possibilities of dressing with intention

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Laine + Alliage NY – Ste 301

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Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Open Studio: Suzanne Tick

Open Studio: Suzanne Tick

Suzanne Tick is the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc., specializing in materials brand strategy, product design, development, and direction for commercial interiors. Suzanne is currently partnering with Tarkett on Brand Strategy and Product Development, Creative Director for LUUM textiles, and Design Consultant for Tandus Centiva.

Tick Studio operates out of a townhouse in the East Village, where Suzanne works and lives. The building was the site of the Reuben Gallery in the late fifties and early sixties, where Anita Reuben invented art Happenings and where artists such as Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Robert Whitman, Claes Oldenburg, Red Grooms, and many more exhibited their work. This rich tradition of creativity and exploration carries on into the present day, where the newly renovated Tick Studio develops a range of products including glass, floorcovering, upholstery, drapery, and wallcovering. Suzanne also maintains a fine art hand weaving practice and creates woven sculptures from repurposed materials that are collected and exhibited worldwide.

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Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Lidewij Edelkoort & Christie Wright Discuss Moooi's Extinct Animal Collection

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Lidewij Edelkoort & Christie Wright Discuss Moooi's Extinct Animal Collection 

Come celebrate our launch of the Extinct Animal Fabric collection, during New York Textile Month!

Watch Lidewij Edelkoort, Trend Forecaster and Initiator & Editor of New York Textile Month and Christie Wright, Art Direction at Moooi, discuss textiles during a panel moderated by Metropolis Magazine’s editor-in-chief Avinash Rajagopal.

While you enjoy cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, discover how we push the boundaries withnew textile production processes, how we created a fabric collection inspired by theMuseum of Extinct Animals and how our sketches became reality!

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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
20
to Sep 23

THREE WALLS AIR 9 Final Exhibition

THREE WALLS AIR 9 Final Exhibition

The Textile Arts Center is pleased to present Three Walls, the culminating exhibition of the 9th cycle of Artists in Residence.  

During the nine months residency, the eight artists worked alone, together. Their studios comprised only 3 walls; the lack of a fourth wall necessitated that their practices be shared and that their work inspired and conversed with each other.

Sculptural eyes seem to read hidden hand woven messages; a quilt designed to be worn meets a fiber depiction of a body, both crafted to protect; garments that research the dynamic relationship between maker/wearer and explore the complexities of function/value; and found images, layered and transformed, turn into paintings, while found materials are repurposed into sculptures.

The  artists in Three Walls come from a range of creative backgrounds, and the collective body of work featured reflects this variety of experience. However there’s a sense of unity. An empathetic identification. In concept, form, and process, they are companions.

Artists in Three Walls are Jamie Boyle, Rhonda Khalifeh, Junyu Li, Lily Moebes, Meghan O'Sullivan, Cory Siegler, Hannah Whelan and Chang Yuchen.

OPENING RECEPTION: September 20, 6-9pm
ARTIST TALK: September 23, 7pm

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Sep
20
to Sep 23

2018 Piecework Collective Exhibition

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2018 Piecework Collective Exhibition

Piecework Collective brings together artists from around the world, using unique aesthetics, processes, and materials to explore traditional patchwork and quilting. The Collective exists as a means to showcase work by contemporary artists - united by a love of the art form, a sense of community, and its connection to history - in order to communicate and strengthen the value of textiles and craftsmanship. The goal of the Collective is to inspire, educate, and foster community through art.

The 2018 Piecework Collective exhibition will feature new work from:  ace&jig, Abigail Booth of Forest + Found, Lindsay Degen of DEGEN, Season Evans, Coulter Fussell of YaloRUN Textiles, Lesley Gold, Ruby Hoppen, Lucia Lienhard-Giesigner of Bosna Quilt Werstatt, Lauren MacDonald of Working Cloth, Lorena Marañon,Kiva Motnyk of Thompson Street Studio, Kyle Parent of KTWP Quilts, and 

opening reception: Thursday, Sept 20th, 6-10pm

Meet the artists Sunday, September 23, 1pm-3pm

 

Friday, Sept 21, 11am-6pm

Saturday, Sept 22, 11am-6pm

Sunday, Sept 23, 11am-6pm

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Sep
20
to Sep 30

Liz Collins: Rays

Liz Collins: Rays

Launched in spring 2018, 1ST SITE is a project space located in MAD’s reception area, dedicated to works that interact with and interpret the interior architecture and ambiance of the entry. This fall, the space will house an installation by Liz Collins, an artist included in the Museum’s permanent collection. The installation is drawn from Collins’ “Rays” wallpaper series, the design of which she completed during her 2015 residency in the MAD Artist Studios Program.

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Curating Tapestries at The Met

Curating Tapestries at The Met
Elizabeth Cleland, Associate Curator, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Elizabeth Cleland works as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is responsible for the museum’s world-class collection of tapestries. She organized 2014’s exhibition Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry, and Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissancecurrently on view at The Met; right now, she is preparing another big exhibition celebrating the art of The Tudors. At Harrison, she will recount some of the excitements and the challenges encountered in her job, including the nuts and bolts of putting together major loan exhibitions, writing catalogues, acquiring art works, and interacting with the public.

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Sep
19
11:00 AM11:00

HINSON: Burnishing the ON in icONic

HINSON: Burnishing the ON in icONic

HINSON: Burnishing the ON in icONic. When Donghia, Inc. acquired HINSON in 2014 it got a storied brand whose name and product brought wistful memories into the minds of some of the world’s top designers, along with a handful of quirky yet much-adored textiles. Though hearts were full, knowing that the brand would go on, sales weren’t quite reflecting the love. The question quickly become, “Where do we go from here?”

Join David Toback, Donghia’s Director of Textiles, and team HINSON for an informative talk and festive inside look at the process and product associated with restoring relevance to an iconic brand. Also, be among the very first to see HINSON’s latest collection, “Star Power.”

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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
18
to Oct 4

Crafting Change Exhibition: New Textile Work by Students and Faculty

Crafting Change Exhibition: New Textile Work by Students and Faculty

Opening Reception, September 20th at 6:00 pm

The work of FIT students and faculty takes center stage in the Gallery FIT exhibition Crafting Change. Organized by the Textile/Surface Design Department in conjunction with New York Textile Month, the works featured in Crafting Change use long established techniques in a modern context to explore the shifting boundaries between art, design, and technology. The use of hand crafting techniques combined with digital processes, preserves tradition while pushing textiles into the future.  Projects bridging science and textiles have the potential to revolutionize the fashion and textile industries, leading us to a more sustainable world. These works are promising examples of how FIT is successfully encouraging interdisciplinary mergers between craft, technology, and sustainability to usher textile arts into the 21st century.

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Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Folk + Feminism Book Club | Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

Folk + Feminism Book Club | Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

AT THE SELF-TAUGHT GENIUS GALLERY LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS

Criminality and handcraft coexist as the predominant themes of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace. The book is based on the true crime account of nineteenth-century author Susanna Moodie. Atwood constructs an imagined biography of infamous murderess Grace Marks (1828–c.1873), an Irish-born Canadian domestic servant, convicted in 1843 of murdering her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. The novel unfolds through a series of conversations between Grace and fictional psychiatrist Dr. Simon Jordan. Sedately stitching away, Grace reveals fragments of her memories, piecing together details of her life story and alleged crime that come together like the blocks of a patchwork quilt.

In the spirit of the novel, this Folk + Feminism Book Club explores craft and crime, and memory and history, through a two-part talk inspired by the idea of the quilt as a metaphor. First, dilettante and cultural historian Sara Clugage will address the sociopolitical context of Atwood’s novel, delving into systems of gender, craft, and labor in the mid-nineteenth century. Following, New York Times bestselling novelist Kimberly McCreight will unpack the craft of psychological crime fiction, speaking to the ways that writers piece together narratives across time, merging memory and experience to bring new meaning to the present.

Please be assured that familiarity with Alias Grace is not required to attend this inaugural Folk + Feminism Book Talk. This program is organized in conjunction with Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, an exhibition prompting visitors to read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual stories and experiences that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends.

Light refreshments will be served.

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

 

Sara Clugage is a dilettante. She lives and works in Brooklyn, where she is the editor-in-chief of Dilettante Army, an online publication for art and critical theory. In addition to weaving and writing, she acts as a director for the Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency (CARPA), is part of the Leadership Collective for the Wikipedia campaign Art+Feminism, and hosts a series of salon dinners themed on the artistic production models and culinary histories of diverse times and places. She holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kimberly McCreight  is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, optioned for film by HBO and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films; Where They Found Her; and The Outliers, a young adult trilogy. The Collide, the final book in The Outliers trilogy, was published this July. Ms. McCreight has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex Awards. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

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Sep
17
to Sep 21

Talant! Showcasing The Finalists For The Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize

Talent! exhibit showcasing the finalists for the Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize

Mohawk proudly sponsors this prize to support emerging textile designers

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and fellow curator Philip Fimmano are pleased to announce the creation of a new international design prize to be awarded to a textile or fashion design student who exhibits innovative thinking and inspiring creativity in textiles.

The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize honors Dorothy Waxman, the original driving force behind Trend Union and EDELKOORT INC. in the United States and contributing reporter to the magazines View on Colour, Textile View and Viewpoint. Waxman’s insatiable curiosity and discerning eye for the avant-garde has inspired Edelkoort and her team for decades. Waxman also introduced the American fashion industry to European textile partners with her work at the Fashion Group. As an avid textile aficionado, she believes that creative fabrics can change the design landscape in profound ways.

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Sep
15
to Sep 30

Pratt School Of Design Presents: Textile Thinking

Pratt School Of Design Presents: Textile Thinking

Conversations On Textiles At The School Of Design, Pratt Institute

This exhibition will highlight the vibrant and provocative conversations that the faculty and
students of the School of Design participate in while interrogating textiles. The field of
textiles is a wellspring of inspiration to both the fashion, product and interior design
program’s material explorations and theoretical thinking.

As they work outside of the academic structure of a traditional textile program, the
students and faculty at the School of Design bring energy, focus and a pragmatic naiveté
to the subject of textiles. The exhibition will illustrate this conversation through student
course work and selected professors’ theoretical and professional endeavors relating to
textiles.

Opening hours: 11AM-6PM

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Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Textile Design Workshop — Explore Weaving Techniques

Textile Design Workshop  — Explore Weaving Techniques

Make your own textile with San Francisco-based designer PJ Gubatina Policarpio! 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.

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.

Register today.

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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.

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Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Introducing Kathleen Mcdermott September's Work In Progress Resident

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Introducing Kathleen Mcdermott September's Work In Progress Resident At Tac

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. In addition to her artistic practice, she is an advocate for accessible technology education, sharing tutorials for working with DIY electronics on urbanarmor.org. 

During her time at the WIP Residency, McDermott will be completing a large skirt covered in speakers, titled Urban Armor #8: The Public Speaker. Production research for this project has included the creation of numerous custom speaker experiments using materials such as conductive thread and magnets. The current iteration of the project uses low-cost, pre-fabricated speakers, individually soldered to mini-amplifiers, and sewn into the garment. The Public Speaker will ultimately be linked to a microphone, and will playback sounds it picks up as the wearer moves through the city, as a kind of mockingbird/surveillance machine. The Public Speaker is part of Urban Armor, a larger series of experimental wearable electronics which respond to environmental and urban data in unique and ridiculous ways, in an effort to bridge the gap between speculative, virtual and physical spaces.  

Kathleen holds a BFA in Sculpture from Cornell University, an MFA in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She is currently a Visiting Industry Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media (IDM) at NYU

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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
15
1:00 PM13:00

Open Studio: WE GATHER

WE GATHER Weaving Circle

Celebrate the magic of making textiles by hand and join us at WE GATHER’s Weaving Circle. Bring your own loom or come as you are and use one of ours. All skill levels are welcome, from complete beginner to total master. WE GATHER owner and textile artist Whitney Crutchfield will offer short tutorials on basic weaving skills, and we’ll have some of our favorite studio yarns on hand for textile experimentation. Stay all afternoon or just for a few minutes, and enjoy the company of others and the satisfaction of creating cloth. 

WE GATHER is a Brooklyn-based educational textile studio and brand of hand-dyed, handwoven textiles. Whether through thoughtfully and ethically-made products made right in the Brooklyn studio, at-home weaving and dyeing kits, or workshops and private events that put the skills directly in your hands, our goal is to bring the magic of textiles to all.    This event is free and open to the public, though limited spaces are available. Kindly RSVP to reserve a spot. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Textile Design Pop-Up Exhibition by Jefferson Textile Designers

Textile Design Pop-Up Exhibition by Jefferson Textile Designers

The Lori Weitzner Design studio is hosting a one-day, pop-up exhibition of imaginative work created by Textile Design students from Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). The curated designs showcase undergraduate and graduate Textile Designers’ innovations, highlighting the marriage of artisanal processes and the latest technologies. Sustainability, international cultures and maker spaces are emphasized. Join alumni, faculty and students for this exclusive look into the Jefferson Textile Design Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programs.

12pm - 1pm

2pm-3pm

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Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Textile Design Workshop — Explore Color and Pattern

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.

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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.

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Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Cooper Hewitt Conversations

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.

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Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

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

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.

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Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Panel Discussion | Queens Memory Program: Quilting Memories of Migration

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Queens Memory Program: Quilting Memories of Migration

Gather with a team of quilters and storytellers to celebrate the completion of Common Thread, a twelve-week series of workshops to create a community story quilt. Organized by local artist Naomi Kuo, Common Thread invited several local quilting instructors to teach participants quilting basics, and help them explore their own family traditions of craft and creativity. The result is a community project illuminating stories of migration—memories that are illustrated visually through the quilts themselves, and relayed aurally through embedded electronics that play recorded oral histories.

Join us to hear participants reflect on their experience contributing to Common Thread, and share your own memories of migration to Queens. Alisa Martin, vice president of educational operations at the Tenement Museum (New York), will be moderating this discussion. Following the panel discussion, take a look at the Self-Taught Genius Gallery’s current exhibition, Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, and add your own Queens memory to the ongoing participatory embroidery project, Our Queens. Light refreshments will be served. Come celebrate with us!

Common Thread was the second “story quilt” workshop series developed by the Queens Memory Program as part of the Memories of Migration initiative, funded by a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services. Memories of Migration was conceived by the Santa Ana Public Library (Santa Ana, CA) in partnership with Queens Library (Queens, NY), West Hartford Public Library, (West Hartford, CT), the State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and New Mexico Highlands University (Las Vegas, NM). It is a three-year community memory project that gives voice to immigrant communities through the digitization and dissemination of oral histories that develop cultural heritage collections around the shared stories of migration in America.

Alisa Martin, vice president of educational operations at the Tenement Museum, is a senior arts and cultural administrator and project consultant with expertise working in organizations to align internal operations and product offerings with their strategic goals and branding efforts. Alisa led brand management and visitor services at the Brooklyn Museum, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Baruch College and The New School. Alisa has led cross-functional teams through change management, process improvement, and audience research initiatives. Her consulting clients include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Education, BAM Local Development Corporation, and Columbia University. Before shifting her focus to the arts, Alisa spent the early years of her professional life in marketing, service quality, and human resources at MetLife and American Express. She is a graduate of Vassar College and New York University.

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Sep
14
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SUPERNATURAE : Artisanal Anthropology

SUPERNATURAE : Artisanal Anthropology


specially sourced, hand-woven and hand-dyed artisanal textiles from India.

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thank you so much!


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Supernaturae is the culmination of many years research into artisanal textiles. Born to suit a discerning traveler, they use exquisitely hand woven organic cottons and silks, including some special embellished pieces made in West Bengal for a wearable but beautiful loungewear line. All of the collection is made in small villages across India, from the fiber up and with a focus on historical textile practices. 


For NYTM we are offering a special preview of the Summer 19 collection. Open to the public by appointment - please email info@supernaturae.com  


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Sep
14
9:30 AM09:30

Iconic Textiles

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Iconic Textiles

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Textiles have the power to brand a collection, communicating a company’s heritage far beyond the talents of mere marketing. Traditional fabrics have traveled from region to region throughout history, recognisable because of their unique motifs, their authentic weaves, and their local colour. Today, luxury houses build empires on the strength of their textiles, allowing the fabrics to do all the talking, narrating stories and advertising craftsmanship just like a woven billboard. Prints, tweeds, stripes and pleats are just some of the mediums that brands claim as their own; putting textiles front and centre as a business strategy in itself.

As part of NYTM, the 2018 Talking Textiles Conference will host an array of international speakers revealing the secrets and techniques behind the seams of their garments and home textiles; fuelling trends and creating icons for the decades to come.

ICONIC TEXTILES

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TALKING TEXTILES CONFERENCE

Full-day Ticket: $150 per person

Students & Faculty: FREE! (with valid ID)

Textiles have the power to brand a collection, communicating a company’s heritage far beyond the talents of mere marketing. Traditional fabrics have traveled from region to region throughout history, recognizable because of their unique motifs, their authentic weaves, and their local colour. Today, luxury houses build empires on the strength of their textiles, allowing the fabrics to do all the talking, narrating stories and advertising craftsmanship just like a woven billboard. Prints, stripes and pleats are just some of the mediums that brands claim as their own; putting textiles front and center as a business strategy in itself.

As part of NYTM, the 2018 Talking Textiles Conference will host an array of international speakers revealing the secrets and techniques behind the seams of their garments and home textiles; fuelling trends and creating icons for the decades to come.

9:00
Doors Open


9:30
WELCOME TO NEW YORK TEXTILE MONTH 2018
Lidewij Edelkoort, Trend Forecaster, Trend Union & Dean of Hybrid Studies, Parsons


10:00
THE TEXTILE SKIN OF MOROSO
Mirko van den Winkel, Executive Vice President, Moroso USA


10:30

PLEATS, PRINTS & THE MAGIC OF FORTUNY
Mickey Riad, Creative Director, Fortuny Venezia


11:00
Touch Break


11:30
THE PRINTS THAT BRAND US
Peter Koepke, Owner & Director, Design Library, Hudson Valley and London

12:00

ICONS FROM SCANDINAVIA: the print vocabulary of Marimekko
Anna Hakkarainen, Marimekko North America


12:30
A BRAND MADE BY HAND
Natalie Chanin, Founder & Designer, Alabama Chanin


1:00
Lunch Break


2:00
MORE PLEATS PLEASE: the folded textiles of Issey Miyake
Philip Fimmano, Director, Edelkoort Inc.


2:30
HEAVENLY TEXTILES: Divine Inspiration at the Met
Mellissa Huber, Assistant Curator, The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art


3:00
PAPISM: an iconoclastic shade of crimson
Lidewij Edelkoort, Trend Forecaster, Trend Union & Dean of Hybrid Studies, Parsons


3:15
Touch Break


3:45
THE IMPACT OF THREAD
Bernie Leahy, Artist


4:00
THE POWER OF CLOTH: the printed work of Marguerita Mergentime
Virginia Bayer, Author & Granddaughter of Miss Mergentime


4:30
2018 Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize Finalists & Winner Announcement
Philip Fimmano & Dorothy Waxman; presented by Justin Hicks, Mohawk Group


4:45
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* programme subject to minor changes

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Sep
13
to Dec 14

From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles by Gail Rothschild and Caroline Wells Chandler

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 From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles by Gail Rothschild and Caroline Wells Chandler

Opening Reception September 13, 6-8pm

This exhibition, FROM THE DESERT TO THE CITY: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles,  places textiles from Late Antique Egypt in multiple contexts—their original use in the 3rd-7th centuries, their rediscovery in the early 20th century, and their reception in the present day—bringing these colorful remnants of the ancient past to life for today’s audiences.

Centering on the recent gift of 85 textile pieces from the Rose Choron Collection, the exhibition features other works from the Museum’s permanent collection together with loans from the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Opera Archives, and private collections. Works by contemporary artists Caroline Wells Chandler and Gail Rothschild bring the story of the textiles into the 21st century. 

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