Thursday, August 25, 2016

TALENT! An exhibition of textile works from American and European gradutates

New York Textile Month isa New School and Cooper Hewitt initiative celebrating global textile creativity and innovation in events held throughout New York City.Visit for more information.

The exhibit features work from recent graduates of the Philadelphia University M.S. Textile Design program.

Jenn Biggs’ collection was inspired by the exploration of a long dead alien city detailed in the Arthur C. Clarke novel ‘Rendezvous with Rama’. Artifacts of art and culture, communication, architecture and planetary biology are investigated to explore the rise and fall of a civilization that communicated through the language of bioluminescent light, developed into designs digitally and screen printed.
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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Textile Designer Interns at Free People

Senior Textile Designer Megan Kohl is having a great summer interning with Free People at their corporate headquarters at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. 

Megan responded to a few questions about her experience:
  • How did you land this internship?
-I got this internship after an interview with Urban Outfitters at the career fair at school, which then led me to this position.  
  • What are your responsibilities?
-Some of my responsibilities include putting patterns into repeat, making different color ways and keeping up with print packages that need to be sent out.  

  • Please describe a typical day.
- On a normal day I will scan in some designs and put them into repeat, mainly stripe layouts and plaids and after that is done it then needs to get approved by the designer.  Then I will create a package for it to be sent overseas so we can get strike offs. Sometimes I will also work on mood boards for a trend and color ways for that trend based on chosen inspiration.  

  •  What sort of projects are you working on? Who do you work with?
-I am working on a collection of about 5 prints right now that I will present to the manager of design and the buying manager at the end of my internship. I work with the print team and color team closely but also with the fashion designers and the trend team.  



Monday, June 6, 2016

Surface Imaging Porous Lab works with Museum of the American Revolution!

Wendy Anderson, director of the Porous Surface Imaging Lab at PhilaU, took on the amazing task of recreating George Washington's sleeping and office tent. From images provided by the Museum of the American Revolution, Wendy used the dye-sublimation printer to create an authentic replication.

Washington's tent, image provided by the Museum of the American Revoluion

Color Trials for authenticity, photo courtesy of Wendy Anderson

Matching fabrics, photo courtesy of Wendy Anderson

Thank you so much Wendy and Museum of the American Revoluio

Friday, June 3, 2016

Jacquard Center of Excellence

The Philadelphia University Jacquard Center of Excellence is open for business!  For the past year, we have worked with artists and entrepreneurs to develop jacquard textiles to meet individual needs.  In the Spring, artist Jeannine Han and technical partner Daniel Riley spent two days on campus developing jacquards as part of Jeannine's current installation at The Sculpture Center, in Long Island City, New York.  The group exhibition "In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New" is on display from May 1 to August 1, 2016.  For more information, on utilizing the Jacquard Center of Excellence, please contact Marcia Weiss at

Here are a few photos Jeannine shared from her installation:

Jeannine Han, installation view, In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New, SculptureCenter, 2016. Photo: Kyle Knodell
You can see the jacquards in the above images, including in Dan's suit above. 

Fashion & Textiles Futures Center--Summer Renovations

It's a very exciting time here on campus.  The major renovation to our textile and fashion studios has begun!  We had a hectic month of May, packing the studios in preparation for the construction.  This is what the Textile Design studio looks like as of June 1.  We also thought you might enjoy the mannequin that greats guests as they enter the "hard hat" area of Hayward Hall.  Check back in Fall for images of our new spaces, once the dust settles.  Hopefully you will be able to visit campus in the Fall as well to check out the wonderful changes. 
Textile Design studio as of June 1, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nina de Vassal showcased in American Craft Magazine

Graduate Textile Print Design student Nina de Vassal's wallpaper shown in American Craft Magazine Feb/Mar 2016 issue.
Photo by Cary Wolinsky
The article titled "Many Voices" (link *here*) interviews the newly inaugurated President of RISD, Rosanne Somerson on adorning her new home with student designs. Nina's work is showcased on the wall behind the work of fellow student Dwo Wen Chen's ceramics. The desk and chair also created by alumni, John Dunnigan, Peter Walker, and Rosanne Somerson.

"The wallpaper design was created as part of Traditional Home’s incubation project with RISD and Fabricut to find a fresh twist on traditional home textiles. “Wisteria" was part of my collection inspired by Old City, Philadelphia. My concept was to showcase the outdoor textures of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods inside the home. 
“Wisteria” won best design for print and is being produced by Stroheim, one of Fabricut’s brands, as wallpaper in three different color ways. RISD’s President Rosanne Somerson decorated the President’s House in student and alumni work when she was inaugurated in 2015. American Craft included a feature on the house and its decor for the Feb/March 2016 issue." - Nina de Vassal

Congratulation to PhilaU Students Ananya Bevinakatti and Ian Cooke!

Featured on Design Milk's Blog from the 3D textile class's exhibition at ICFF this May!

Ananya Bevinakatti is a grauate textile design student and Ian Cooke is in the Industrial Design program, both participated in the exciting 3D textiles class this spring2016.

The Floop Light

Photo Courtesy of Design Milk

Link to the article here: *best of ICFF 2016*