New York Textile Month is a New School and Cooper Hewitt initiative celebrating global textile creativity and innovation in events held throughout New York City. Visit textilemonth.nyc for more information.
The exhibit features work from recent graduates of the Philadelphia University M.S. Textile Design program.
Sam Fletcher explores memory through constructed textiles. What if, each end and pick in a woven fabric work together to convert what a faded memory would feel like if it was possible to reach out and touch it? Could the loops of a wiry, untamed knit, tangle itself in a way that makes you question the accuracy of the collective memories that lie within? What about taking a woven textile and making it look as empty and cold as a vacant mind?
The aim of the Capturing a Memory collection is to connect intellectually and emotionally to each textile, recognizing in their own way the concepts that lie within.
Meghan Kelly shows knitwear collection inspired by the concept of a Spectacular Show as envisioned through Historical Vaudeville Theatre and the Three Ring Circus. Designed to be bright and bold, fun and dramatic and also suited to be non-restrictive during physically demanding performances of dance and trapeze. The garments are all designed and knit using Shima Seiki WholegarmentTM technology and equipment.
Zhiwen Wangs woven Jacquard design is inspired by Natural Camouflage – the visual ambiguity, playful transformation and deceived mimicry of creatures visually adapting to the coloration and texture of their surroundings. A Jacquard woven giant fish lurks within a watery ground, hidden below floating yarns, obscured from view. Floats are cut away to reveal the intriguing imagery below.www.zhiwen-wang.squarespace.com