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New York Textile Month Features BF+DA “Young Talent”

Parsons The New School and Cooper Hewitt are pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural New York Textile Month; a festival designed to celebrate textile creativity and promote awareness amongst professionals and the public alike. The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) will be part of the “Young Talent” exhibit on Governor’s Island featuring a “Soft Construction” collaboration with Pratt Institute’s Adjunct Professor of Interior Design Annie Coggan and the BF+DA’s Knitwear Director Kelly Puertas and team.

Instigated by Anita Cooney, Dean of the School of Design at Pratt Institute, the two women worked together with Coggan’s “Soft Construction Lab” and 11 graduate design students from Pratt who participated in the project. The class’s objective was to design and fabricate a knitted room that utilized the BF+DA’s Shima Seiki knitting machines to create rooms that was both habitable and sensuous.

Three knitted rooms from the collaboration will be reinstalled in a historical home on the island.

knitted room

“BK Bedouin” created by Bitsy Mayhle, Charlie Cornelius, Janna Burrows. Fascinated with varying densities and transparencies that the Shima was capable of, this knitted room became a study in understanding opacities. The students manipulated three layers of pattern starting with the outer layer being the most opaque, then the knitted layer changed in scale and density. The experience inside the room is to mirror a Bedouin tent where the outside is planer and humble and the inside in filled with visual complexities and surprises. (Image: Annie Coggan)

Initiated by Lidewij Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons, in partnership with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons: The New School of Design, New York Textile Month will gather all voices and expressions concerning fabrics, bringing together museums, galleries, showrooms, retailers and design studios to discuss the importance of keeping textiles alive.

“Today the world of art and design is confronted with a debilitating lack of knowledge concerning textiles. Architects, artists and industrial designers as well as fashion designers no longer know the materials they work with each day of their careers. Because of cost-cutting many colleges and academies have closed their workshop facilities and as a result textile design has become an outsider discipline,” says NYTM founder Lidewij Edelkoort.

As part of the month, a Textile Talent exhibition will highlight graduate work of esteemed universities from around the world, including the Pratt Institute. The exhibition will take place in two attached historical homes on Governors Island from September 1st-22nd.

For more information on NYTM, go here.


Thursday, September 1, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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