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Queens College Art Center Presents: ‘Fabric of Cultures’

Join the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator at “Fabric of Cultures: Objects, Memory, Technology” for a research and pedagogical exhibit that aims at connecting in new ways the relationship between producers and consumers as well as exploring the uses to which a clothing archive can be put for a learning community. The Internet has contributed enormously to changes in how fashion is thought, lived and consumed. More than ever before, and especially after the tragedy of Rana Plaza, consumers are more compelled to know what hands and labor conditions are behind our clothing. This also explains why we have established a practice lab for the class.

Related story: The BF+DA’s TEK-TILES Team Creates 30 Smart Textiles

By thinking of fashion through objects, the exhibit seeks to engage in conversation with both the general public and academia.

3D Waves of Light, Lead Designer, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, Image, Interwoven

Eugenia Paulicelli, Director of the exhibit and a professor of Italian at Queens College says “The Fabric of Cultures: Systems in the Making” brings together artists, designers, CUNY students and local communities to reflect on the art of making, craftsmanship and technology in today’s globalized world.

“It has been crucial for ‘The Fabric of Cultures’ project to connect and examine different ways of making, craft and technology and how different systems at play can help in solving some problems, small and bigger. Individual well being and aesthetic, with environmental, labor and sustainability. The exhibition aims at mapping some important case studies in the art of making and the new made in Italy in conversation with other New York based experience,” says Paulicelli.

Related story: The BF+DA Launches TEK-TILES

Look for the BF+DA’s TEK-TILES project as part of the exhibit, a two-year initiative to investigate and create a library of 200 activated swatches that are a “how to” for the design and manufacture of smart garments. The BF+DA recently received $500,000 in funding from the Brooklyn Borough President to purchase an array of design and fashion technology equipment, including digital looms and technical embroidery machines. The t.Lab and TEK-TILES project is aligned with a previous $486K grant that is expanding the BF+DA into a research center for creative technologists that houses design and manufacturing services needed to get “smart garments” and functional textiles from concept to market. The goal is to create a collaborative space that connects research institutions, industry innovation and indie technologists – pioneering the way for new products that can do everything from capture biometric data and deploy information through sensors, to textiles that react to changes in the environment.

Lead designers featured in the exhibition: Identification Pattern, Jingwen Zhu; Insulated Tubing, Perry Vaaler; LED Pocket Grid, Zoe Rosenberg; Origami, Aaron Nesser; Pointelle Light Seeds, Rebecca Pailes-Friedman; Soft to Hard Gradation, Debera Johnson; Thermochromatic Yarn, BF+DA; Thermo-variable Pattern, Teddy Xiong/Jacob Lemon; Stroke Switch, Maia Butterfield; Zipometer, Alexia Cohan; Cordillera Knit, Evan Huggins; 3D Waves of Light, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

For more information regarding the Fabric of Cultures project, eugenia.paulicelli@ qc.cuny.edu
For more information about the Queens College Art Center, contact: amanda.nocera@qc. cuny.edu



Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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Queens College Art Center
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, 6th Floor
Flushing, NY 11367 United States
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