TALKING TEXTILES - 2nd Edition Photo

“We are on a quest to save the future of textiles – to honor and promote them and to take them to new dimensions.

In reaction to the increasingly digital landscape of our lives, a craving for tactility and dimension has led designers to reconsider the role of fabrics once more. We have recently seen the return of creative textiles in both fashion and our interiors, covering our bodies, floors, walls and furniture in an expansive and personal manner. These textiles speak loud and clear to become the fabrics of life, narrating stories, designing pattern, promoting well-­‐being and reviving the act of weaving.

We believe that it is important to take notice again of contemporary textiles because they are themselves an endangered species. Mills around the world are vanishing one by one and educational institutions are downsizing their textile departments or replacing looms with computers, therefore soon textile talent may have no place to go.

Creativity is the only solution. Since textiles have the power to reflect the fabric of our society, this initiative provides an alternative solution to the problems of last century, with optimism and fantasy to transform our nomadic lives.”

– Lidewij Edelkoort & Philip Fimmano

The Talking Textiles Conference is back, and will take place Tuesday, November 17 from 1:00 to 5:30 pm at the Tishman Auditorium at 63 5th Ave. Entrance is free for students and faculty with a valid I.D. To register for tickets and learn more about the full program, simply contact:

Photocredit: The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize 2015 finalist Caroline Angiulo, “Mind Wandering Bloom”