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5th Annual Talking Textiles Conference hosted by Lidewij Edelkoort & Philip Fimmano

5th Annual Talking Textiles Conference: The Archaeology of Textiles, image courtesy Edelkoort Inc.

Lidewij Edelkoort, image courtesy Edelkoort Inc.

Philip Fimmano, image courtesy Edelkoort Inc.

Buro Belén, image courtesy Edelkoort Inc.

Diana Scherer, image courtesy Edelkoort Inc.

Wed, Sep 30 - Wed, Sep 30  2020

Talking Textiles Conference - online - New York Consulate Region

On September 30, 2020, the 5th edition of the Talking Textiles Conference will take place online. Hosted by Philip Fimmano and Lidewij Edelkoort, in order to elevate textile education for both students and professionals alike, this year’s theme is The Archaeology of Textiles, analyzing ancient resources and how they can impact contemporary textiles too. Speakers include Buro Belén and Diana Scherer.

The annual Talking Textiles Conference is an inspiring and educational 1-day webinar to talk about textiles for fashion and interiors – exploring the important trends, fabrics, yarns and techniques for the seasons to come. Including a complimentary copy of the latest issue of Talking Textiles magazine.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

6:00 AM – 1:00 PM (West Coast)
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (New York)
3:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Europe)


Students & Faculty with valid ID: FREE
General Admission: $150 per person (includes the latest copy of Talking Textiles magazine, valued at $70)

Speaker Schedule

(all times are New York EST):

9:00 Welcome by Philip Fimmano

9:15 Agata Ulanowska, Adjunct Professor, Department of History / Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Poland
topic: Textile Manufacture in Bronze Age Greece: techniques, skills & craftspeople

9:45 Maximilien Durand, Art Historian & Textile Curator, France
topic: The World’s Oldest Textiles: including examples from the Musées des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs collections in Lyon

10:15 Tim Parry Williams, Professor of Art: Textile, University of Bergen, Norway
topic: Common Grounds: exploring historical textile archives (an Anglo-Japanese study)

10:45 short break

11:00 Buro Belén, Designers, The Netherlands
topic: Natural Fibres in Collaboration with Belén

11:30 Diana Scherer, Visual Artist, The Netherlands
topic: Plantroot Weaving: growing material

12:00 Abeer Seikaly, Architect, Jordan
topic: Meeting Points: from Bedouin tents to women’s community textiles

12:30 Philip Fimmano, Design Curator & Creative Director, Edelkoort Inc., New York, United States
topic: Atelier Autodidacts Anti-Algorithms (AAAA): a co-operation of Bogolan Artisans from Mali

12:45 lunch break / dinner break

13:30 Lidewij Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Design Studies, The New School, New York, United States
topic: New York Textile Month 2020

14:15 Royce Epstein, Mohawk Group, Dorothy Waxman International Design Prize Announcement

14:30 Gina Luria Walker, Professor of Women’s Studies, The New School, New York, United States
topic: Lamasii, Invisible Textile Producer: Women’s work 19th century BCE

15:00 Alexandra Tunstall, Professor of Art History, Savannah Collage of Art and Design, United States
topic: Technology of Imitation: Silk tapestry weave in Imperial China

15:30 Emilia Cortes, Textile Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
topic: Textiles from the Met’s Egyptian Art Collections

16:00 approximate end

Schedule is subject to minor changes
All events are online by purchasing tickets, guests agree not to film, photograph or distribute any of the content


Purchase tickets here.


Lidewij Edelkoort

About Lidewij Edelkoort

Lidewij Edelkoort is a forecaster working in fashion, textiles, interiors and lifestyle. Her company Trend Union produces design and trend tools for strategists and creatives. She is also a magazine publisher, a champion for craft, an educator and a curator. Her ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry. She is Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons where she founded a MFA in Textiles, merging craft and tech for a sustainable future. She is also the founder of New York Textile Month, a month-long textile festival each September. In 2020, she started the World Hope Forum as a platform to inspire the creative community to rebuild a better society.

Philip Fimmano

About Philip Fimmano

Philip Fimmano is a design consultant, curator and writer, contributing to Trend Union’s forecasting books, magazines and strategic studies for international firms working in fashion, interiors and lifestyle. At the conference, he will be introducing the audience to Atelier Autodidacts Anti-Algorithms (AAAA), a co-operation of artisans from Mali. The Bogolan, or Bògòlanfini, is an original Malian textile art. Bogolans are a traditional handmade Malian cotton fabric (finimugu) dyed with fermented mud. Creating a Bogolan is a labour-intensive collaboration between people and place. All stages of the making of AAAA’s Bogolans are done by hand, from picking the cotton to spinning, weaving, dyeing and painting.

Buro Belén (Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen)

About Buro Belén

Buro Belén is a design studio based in Amsterdam, founded by Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen, and centred on material research, material application and creative direction. Where Duijf brings a cloud of ideas, Langenhuijsen gives them roots to grow. In their material research, they deepen themes that relate to the interconnectedness we have with humanity and our planet. Their collaborations involve crafts(wo)men, creatives, scientists, institutes and industry partners. Their work includes wearables, products, textiles and other materialisations. This is done by developing yarns, weavings, textures and surfaces that support, shelter or entice our sense of place. All encompass a profound longing for more sustainable and enchanting living environments. As a buro, Belén approaches interiors as living and breathing environments — treating them as beings. Through a multidisciplinary approach, they adopt a holistic view on space, material and colours.

Diana Scherer

About Diana Scherer

Diana Scherer is a visual artist living and working in Amsterdam.  She was born in Lauingen, Germany and studied fine art at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her practice encompasses photography, material research, plant root-weaving and sculpture. Over recent years, she has exhibited in several international solo and group shows, including A Labour of Love which is currently on in Lille, France. Currently her work ‘Rootbound #2’, a dress grown from plantroots, is featured in the exhibition ‘Fashioned from Nature’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Shenzhen. She has also published two books: ‘Nurture Studies’, 2014 and ‘Mädchen’, 2016. The project ‘Interwoven’ was honoured to receive the New Material Fellow Award, a biennial prize organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Fonds Kwadraat and Stichting DOEN that challenges artists and designers to develop and apply sustainable materials and innovative technologies.

Bio’s for all speakers can be found on the website of the Talking Textiles Conference

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