On September 30, join trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort at the online ‘Talking Textiles Conference’. This conference is part of New York Textile Month and takes place from 9 am to 1 pm.
About Talking Textiles Conference
At a time when the news cycle feels more like a cyclone, we can take refuge in the fabrics of life to appease humanity. Textiles have the power to connect us spirituality, socially and emotionally. They can heal trauma, promote inclusivity, stand up against oppression and honour artisanal traditions. Through touch and the very act of making, the material culture of tomorrow offers an empowering social platform for sustainability, diversity, health and wellness. Join Li Edelkoort, Philip Fimmano and invited international speakers for this not-to-be-missed annual textile conference, as part of New York Textile Month and the Talking Textiles educational initiative.
9:00 — Li Edelkoort, trend forecaster
FROM DISRUPTION TO SALVATION
9:20 — Sugandha Gupta, textile designer
FROM TOUCH TO EMOTION
9:40 — Rachel Cohen, founder & executive director, Common Threads Project
FROM TRAUMA TO HEALING
10:00 — Nuala Goodman, designer
FROM RESISTANCE TO COLOUR
10:20 — Preeti Gopinath, Director, MFA Textiles, Parsons / The New School
FROM INTROSPECTION TO PHILOSOPHY
10:40 — Li Edelkoort & Philip Fimmano, co-founders, Farm to Fabric to Fashion, Polimoda
FROM FARM TO FABRIC
11:00 — Heidi Hankaneimi, artist
FROM MIND TO MENDING
11:20 — Yukako Satone, Saori weaver & founder, Loop of the Loom
FROM ZEN TO RECOVERY
11:40 — Speaker to be Announced
FROM SOUND TO PERFORMANCE
12:00 — ROYCE EPSTEIN, LEED AP, A&D Design Director, Mohawk Group.
FROM SCHOOL TO STAR: Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize Announcement
12:20 — Li Edelkoort, trend forecaster
FROM CHARACTER TO CREATIVITY1:00
More/info and registration here. General Admission $100. Free for students.
About Lidewij Edelkoort
Li Edelkoort is a trend forecaster, publisher, humanitarian, design educator and exhibition curator. From 2015-2020 she was the Dean of Hybrid Design Studies at Parsons in New York where she founded a Textile Masters and the New York Textile Month festival. Her thought-provoking writings and podcasts have become increasingly popular at a time when she is regarded as an activist and champion for change. In 2020, she founded the World Hope Forum as a platform to inspire the creative community to rebuild a better society. She is also on the Creative Council for all of Gap Inc.’s fashion brands, advising the group on creative innovation and sustainable practice. In 2022, Edelkoort collaborated with Polimoda in Florence to establish an innovative new textile masters called From Farm to Fabric to Fashion.
Watch a conversation between Edelkoort and Laird Borrelli-Persson, Archive Editor at Vogue US.