The New School: Parsons School of Design will host New York Textile Month 2017 – the second edition of New York Textiles Month taking place this September; a month-long city-wide festival designed to celebrate textile creativity and promote textile awareness. This multiple-location “grassroots” event will gather all voices and expressions concerning textiles. This year, NYTM will host various Dutch projects.
Studio Wieki Somers Installation: “Shields”
- September 9 – October 31
- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
This September, award-winning Dutch design duo Studio Wieki Somers and Kvadratt takes the poetic and airy installation “Shields” to the beautiful surroundings of The Conservatory of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Consisting of a mobile made from textile shields inspired by the crisp and delicate textile universe of Kvadrat’s Kinnasand home collection, the installation takes its viewers on a journey of rhythm, play and light. Stretched within various circular and square frames, the textiles float as kite-like shields beneath the ceiling or are placed on the floor as lamps. The addition of light allows new qualities to appear as the light plays on the semi-transparent fabrics and their reflective parts.
Design Dialogue “Shields”
- September 11, 6.30 – 7.30 pm
- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
In celebration of September’s New York Textile Month, Kvadrat and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in collaboration with The Future Perfect will host a designer talk with acclaimed trend
forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, designer Dylan van den Berg of Studio Wieki Somers, founder David Alhadeff and Cooper Hewitt textile curator Matilda McQuaid. The design dialogue is followed by cocktails.
Textiles Unlimited Panel Discussion
- September 13, 5.30 – 8.00 pm
- Parsons School of Design
Join the live panel discussion featuring experts engaged with the endless possibilities in the world of textiles. The event is a platform upon which a new program; A Masters of Fine ARts in Textiles at the Parsons School of Design will build and innovate. Current developments in the world of textiles present a new horizon, one where weaving, knitting and embellishing resurface as methods and tools used to imagine new ways of living. Lidewij Edelkoort will moderate the discussion. Panelists: Simone Cipriani, Gabi Asfour, Raul Polit Casillas, Liz Collins.
Cindy Allen & Li Edelkoort in Conversation
- September 12, 6 – 8 pm
- Knoll Showroom
Please join KnollTextiles for a discussion on how newly forecasted design trends will influence interiors of the future with Interior Design Magazine‘s esteemed editor in chief, Cindy Allen, and world-renowned trend forecaster, Li Edelkoort.
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Talking Textile Conference
- September 14
- The Auditorium / Parsons School of Design
Textiles have the power to rekindle our faith in humanity. They bring together the fabric of culture through the crafted techniques that have been passed on throughout history. Whether it’s in the ceremonial dying of a natural yarn, the wearing of an embroidered veil or the upcycling of a discarded piece of trash, this year’s Talking Textiles Conference shows us how the loom can truly take materials to another level. come join 8 inspiring speakers from around the world to see the spirituality in textiles.
The Talking Textiles Conference with Lidewij Edelkoort is an inspiring and educational seminar about textiles for fashion and interiors – exploring the important trends, fabrics, yarns and techniques for the seasons to come. Hosted at Parsons in New York, the event elevates textile education for both students and professionals alike.
New York Denim Days
- September 29 & 30
- Metropolitan Pavilion
The New York Denim Days aims to connect the world’s leading denim insiders, designers and brands with denim consumers under one roof. New York Denim Days is an off-shoot of the much-loved Amsterdam Denim Days.
Set to take place September 29 – October 1, with a one-day speaker series at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a two-day shopping event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, the festival will include interactive displays and workshops from brands, designers and denim mills alongside in-store events, a vintage denim market, parties and panels – all geared to give consumers access to their denim heroes and heritage brands.
About New York Textile Month
Initiated by Lidewij Edelkoort, trend forecaster and Dean of Hybrid Studies at The New School and assisted by Willem Schenk, this multiple-location event will gather all voices and expressions concerning textiles, bringing together museums, galleries, showrooms, retailers, design studio, students and the general public.