Housed together with EILEEN FISHER‘s exhibition “Circular by Design,” this pop-up exhibition features students from Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and Kent State University. The variety of textile talent showcased is a comprehensive reflection of young textile creativity today and the world at large.
This is the second year students from the Pratt Interior Design Department have been asked to create a knitted room along with furniture that speaks to innovations in textile thinking. The exhibition highlights work from the students in Pratt’s Design Options Lab, Soft Construction Spring 2017 taught by Pratt Institute’s Annie Coggan.
Working with soft materials versus hard gives the students a new perspective to design.
“I think they are apt to be more responsive to the material at install. They now know that how the knitted material behaviors at this scale is often unpredictable so staying loose and improvising is now built into the design process,” says Coggan.
Each knitted room was fabricated in collaboration with the Brooklyn Fashion+ Design Accelerator. The production team headed by BF+DA Knitwear Director Kelly Puertas developed panels and shapes to be knit on the facilities’ two Shima Seiki knitting machines, a computer numeric controlled (CNC) flat knitting machine with a 54” bed typically used in fashion and automotive design. This opportunity to use the Shima Seiki machines generated an amazing series of questions and experimentations resulting in an archive of samples and ultimately spaces that illustrate an ideal knitted room.
“I think the act of building full scale is immensely valuable. The beauty of a student project with the knitted material is that you can build without contractors, heavy tools or building permits. It’s a material that is immediate so you can manifest a human scaled space,” says Coggan.
Take for example the Bench Project. The students were tasked with making a functional object that expresses a particular textile technique. Students pursued natural textile dying, weaving, and Sashiko techniques, establishing textiles as the conceptual driver for the bench.
The primary goal of the Soft Construction class is to expand the use of textiles in architectural and habitable space, therefore making textiles a predominate in the environment.
It’s up to the students to explore what that “environment” is.
Catch the exhibit at:
51 Bergen St,
September 21 – October 1st
Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 7PM
Sunday, 1 to 5PM
Pratt Students participating Spring 2017