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is a full-day seminar to talk about textiles for fashion and interiors – exploring the important trends, fabrics, yarns and techniques for the seasons to come. Hosted by Lidewij Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Studies and featuring a long list of inspiring speakers, this seminar seeks to promote textile education and celebrate September as the first ever New York Textile Month!

New York Textile Month, a New School and Cooper Hewitt initiative celebrating global textile creativity and innovation in events held throughout New York City.


FREE for all students & faculty (with valid I.D.), get your code at:

$150 General Admission



9:30 Welcome

9:45 Mellissa Huber, Research Associate, The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art

10:15 Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

10:45 Dorothy Cosonas, Creative Director, KnollTextiles & KnollLuxe

11:15 Touch Break

11:30 Sayaka Toyama, the founder/director of BUAISOU Brooklyn

12:00 Petri Juslin, Manager, Marimekko Artwork Studios

12:30 NYTM by Li Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Design Studies, The New School, Parsons School of Design

1:00 Touch Break

2:00 Lori Weitzner, Designer, Lori Weitzner Design Inc.

2:30 Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

3:00 Jessica Schreiber, Founder, Fabscrap

3:15 Touch Break

3:30 Liz Collins, Artist, and Interim Chair/Associate Professor of Fashion, Moore College of Art & Design

4:00 Daina Taimina, Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University

4:30 Jeannine Han, textile artist and assistant professor of Fashion, Parsons School of Design

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MELLISSA HUBER, Research Associate, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Space in Between – An Inside Look at Manus x Machina: Fashion in An Age of Technology

Mellissa Huber is a Research Associate in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she assists the department curators with the related research, planning, and content development for special exhibitions. As a member of the curatorial team she has regularly collaborated with outside creative consultants and colleagues across the museum to realize immersive exhibition environments that include shows such as: Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style (2016), China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), andCharles James: Beyond Fashion (2014). Mellissa holds an MA in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from New York University, and a BFA in Fabric Styling with a minor in Art History from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

BRENDA DANILOWITZ, Chief Curator, The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

Brenda Danilowitz is the Chief Curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and has written extensively on Josef Albers for a variety of publications. In 1971, Josef Albers established a not-for-profit organization to further "the revelation and evocation of vision through art." Today, this organization—The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation—is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both Josef and Anni Albers, and the aesthetic and philosophical principles by which they lived. It serves as a unique center for the understanding and appreciation of the arts and of all visual experience—with the combined legacies of Josef and Anni Albers at its heart. The Foundation carries out its mission by working on exhibitions and publications, primarily focused on the art of Josef and Anni Albers; assisting with research; and supporting education. It conserves the Alberses' art and archives, and serves as an information resource for artists, scholars, students, and the general public. It helps sponsor other activities inspired by Josef and Anni Albers's interests and concerns. The Albers Foundation is located on a beautiful woodland site in Bethany, Connecticut, near New Haven—thanks to funds acquired by Anni Albers for the restitution of family property in the former East Berlin. The Bethany campus includes a central research and archival storage center to accommodate the Foundation's art collections, library and archives, and offices, as well as residence studios for visiting artists. The rural property provides a venue for educational outreach programs. The buildings were designed by Tim Prentice and his partner Lo-Yi Chan. Tim Prentice, who studied with Josef and is a sculptor as well as an architect, considered the project in part an expression of thanks to one of his mentors; we consider the tribute a splendid success. The Foundation is open by appointment to interested individuals, scholars, and curators for tours, study, and research.

DOROTHY COSONAS, Creative Director, KnollTextiles & KnollLuxe

Dorothy developed an interest in design at a young age — her mother was an accomplished calligrapher and architectural renderer, and her grandfather was a painter and fabric merchant. Her passions led her to pursue degrees in both fine arts and textile design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. While still in school, Cosonas interned at Unika Vaev, a contract textile firm directed by distinguished textile designer Sina Pearson. Under Pearson, Cosonas continued to develop her design sensibilities and, in 1994, succeeded her as the company’s Director of Design. In 1999 she was named Vice President of Design at Unika Vaev. In 2005, Dorothy Cosonas came to Knoll as the Creative Director of both KnollTextiles and KnollLuxe. Her inaugural collection was awarded a Best of NeoCon Gold award, as were three of her subsequent offerings. Her work is highly influenced by her passion for fine art and international fashion. Devoted to modern design, Cosonas is known for combining clean, clear color with elegant patterns and textures.

SAYAKA TOYAMA, Founder & Director of BUAISOU Brooklyn

Sayaka Toyama founded Curious Corners in 2014 and works with artisans and designers who carry on Japanese textile heritages, including BUAISOU and KUON. BUAISOU is a group of indigo farmer-dyers based in Tokushima, Japan, a region renowned for its indigo plant farming, and for its tradition of composting the indigo leaves into SUKUMO. Sayaka founded BUAISOU Brooklyn in Bushwick in 2015, as a satellite studio to host workshops using SUKUMO vat. She also represents KUON, Tokyo-based menswear brand who translate Japanese vintage textiles, such as boro and sashiko into contemporary daily garments. Sayaka co-curated the exhibition, BORO & AIZOME, Japanese Textile Tradition currently on view at Atelier Courbet. The exhibition shows museum-quality vintage BORO (rugged, patched garments) and indigo textiles as well as the first collection of KOFU, Sayaka’s new project with vintage Japanese textiles. 

PETRI JUSLIN, Manager, Marimekko Artwork Studios
The Heritage of Handcraft as an Inspiration to Marimekko Print Design

In 1951, Finnish entrepreneur Armi Ratia created Marimekko, the internationally renowned textile company that first turned heads in America when Jacqueline Kennedy started sporting its bright, bold prints. But before it became a Camelot staple, it debuted at Harvard Square’s Design Research, which served as the exclusive U.S. dealer of Marimekko wares from 1959 to 1976. Today, those eye-catching patterns endure—right down to their playfully askew aesthetic, a holdover from the hand-screened-printing days. While modern digital methods can produce more-accurate prints, this throwback look is part of the charm, according to artwork studio manager Petri Juslin: “The tradition is so strong in the designers’ minds when they think of Marimekko,” he says. While visiting Marimekko’s Newbury Street location for Design Week 2016, Juslin filled us in on the creation of the company’s iconic prints. At the TALKING TEXTILES Seminar, Petri will provide an in-depth look at how hand printing influenced pattern design in the 1950s and 1960s, and how this heritage is carried out by present designers. Mr. Juslin will bring his 30 years of experience to an interactive discussion looking at past and current prints, and how he works with print designers to find solutions that will transfer art to functional fabrics, without compromising design.

LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT, Trend Forecaster & Dean of Hybrid Design Studies, The New School, Parsons School of Design

TALKING TEXTILES: New York Textile Month 2016
Li Edelkoort is arguably the world's most famous trend forecaster and colourist, working in industries from design and fashion to food, architecture, beauty, communication, automotive, and retail. Founded in 1986, her company Trend Union produces trend tools for strategists, designers and marketers at brands from Zara to Prada. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. In 2011, she launched an interactive online trend forum called She has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Fashion and by Icon as one of the Most Influential People in Design. Edelkoort is the recipient of numerous accolades and since 2015 is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons The New School in New York, where she is also starting a Textiles Masters course in 2017. Her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry.

LORI WEITZNER, Designer, Lori Weitzner Design Inc.
After graduating with a BFA in textiles from Syracuse University, an unsatisfying job in New York led to travels in Europe, which led to freelance in Milan and design for such companies as Missoni. Journeying on to Zurich led to a long-term relationship creating bedding for Boller Winkler/Schlossberg. Returning to New York, Lori focused her creativity on packaging and product design, linking her name with Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, and Dansk. Her big break in textiles in the US came with a call from Jack Lenor Larsen, and with that the opportunity to independently design collections for his company which bore her name. Her collaboration with Germany’s renowned Sahco from 2000-2012 garnered her designs broader recognition in the international interiors market. In 2004, Lori introduced Weitzner Limited, offering innovative wall coverings to a worldwide market. 2012 saw the launch of her own textile collection “Vernissage” under the Weitzner brand, which she maintains as her commitment to creating exceptional design that is in line with the human spirit. Weitzner’s products grace celebrity homes including those of Julianne Moore, Will Ferrell, and Beyoncé, and often appear as costumes and sets for motion picture films such as “Gangs of New York” and “Mission Impossible.” Her designs also enhance numerous public spaces -- most notably the glamorous Four Seasons Hotels and Headquarters of Google in New York. Lori's work is housed in the permanent collections of such museums as Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal, the Victoria Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. She is the recipient of multiple design awards, including a nomination for the Chrysler Innovation Award, and she travels the globe lecturing on engaging the senses in design.

MATILDA McQUAID, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
Matilda McQuaid proposes and organizes national and international exhibitions and publications, and oversees one of the premier textile collections in the world—including more than 30,000 textiles produced over 2,000 years, beginning with the Han Dynasty of China. Since joining Cooper-Hewitt in 2001 as the exhibitions curator and head of the Textiles department, McQuaid has curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions including Josef + Anni Albers: Designs for Living (2004) and Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance (2005). Currently, McQuaid is playing a lead role in the creation of the new Online National Design Museum, and will be leading an exhibition on contemporary Chinese architecture scheduled for 2008. McQuaid came to Cooper-Hewitt after a 15-year tenure at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she began as a curatorial assistant in 1987 and eventually became associate curator in 1995. At MoMA, she curated more than 30 exhibitions, including Shigeru Ban: A Paper Arch, Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles, and Lilly Reich: Designer and Architect. She is an accomplished author and editor on art, architecture, and design, with many books and articles to her credit, including Shigeru Ban Architect (Phaidon Press, 2003); Envisioning Architecture: Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art (The Museum of Modern Art, 2002); Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles (The Museum of Modern Art, 1998); Architecture: A Place for Women (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989); and, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). McQuaid holds a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Bowdoin College. Her latest exhibition, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, is on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from September 23, 2016 – April 17, 2017.

JESSICA SCHREIBER, Founder, Fabscrap
New York City residents throw out 200,000 tons of clothing and textiles - every single year. Yikes. But the waste from businesses is at least 40X greater... That's 8 MILLION TONS going to landfill, every time we circle the sun. Businesses with textile waste - fashion brands, tailors, costume designers, cutting rooms, manufacturers - may find their volumes of textile waste too large for donation to non-profits, but too small for industrial recycling. Both of those options also require the business to do the transportation. That's a problem. FABSCRAP provides convenient pickup and recycling of textiles from businesses in New York City. FABSCRAP aims to provide convenient, reliable, and responsible diversion of commercial fabric waste. The choice to recycle should be easy and rewarding. Our goal is to create working partnerships to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. As the first company of its kind, FABSCRAP is focused on pursuing and supporting innovation in textile reuse and recycling. Founder Jessica Schreiber has over five years of waste management experience. Before starting FABSCRAP, she managed New York City's clothing and e-waste recycling programs and vendor contracts. She has a Masters from Columbia University in Climate and Society, and degrees in Biological Sciences and Education.

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LIZ COLLINS, Artist, and Interim Chair/Associate Professor of Fashion, Moore College of Art & Design

Liz Collins is a New York City- based artist who has been working across art, design, fashion, installation, and performance for two decades. Employing a range of natural to synthetic materials, incorporating vivid colors, dynamic patterns, emphasizing textures and inventive structures, Collins enjoys pushing the limits and doing the unexpected across the spectrum of textile media. She has had solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Heller Gallery, NY; AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Occidental College, LA; Textile Arts Center, NY; AS220, Providence, RI; and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee.  Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including at the ICA/Boston; Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; the Museum of FIT; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design and MoMA. Collins’ awards include a USA Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and residencies at Haystack, Yaddo, AIR Alaska, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Collins received both her BFA and MFA from RISD and was an Associate Professor there from 2003-2013. She has since taught at PRATT, SAIC, and MICA, and is currently Interim Chair of Fashion Design at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. 

DAINA TAIMINA, Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University
Daina Taimina joined the Cornell Math Department in December 1996. While attending a geometry workshop in 1997, she saw fragile paper models of hyperbolic planes, designed by geometer William Thurston. She decided to make more durable models, and did so by crocheting them. Due to her success in this she was invited, together with her husband David Henderson, a math professor also at Cornell, to give a presentation at a Cornell workshop. Crocheted mathematical models later appeared in three geometry textbooks they wrote together, of which the most popular is Experiencing Geometry: Euclidean and non-Euclidean with History. An article about Taimina's innovation in New Scientist was spotted by the Institute For Figuring, a small non-profit organisation based in Los Angeles, and she was invited to speak about hyperbolic space and its connections with nature to a general audience which included artists and movie producers. Taimina's initial lecture and following other public presentations sparked great interest in this new tactile way of exploring concepts of hyperbolic geometry, making this advanced topic accessible to wide audiences. Originally creating purely mathematical models, Taimina soon became popular as a fiber artist and public presenter for general audiences of ages five and up. In June 2005, her work was first shown as art in an exhibition "Not The Knitting You Know" at Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, an art gallery in Washington, D.C. Since then she has participated regularly in various shows in galleries in US, UK, Latvia, Italy, Belgium, Ireland. Her artwork is in the collections of several private collectors, colleges and universities, and has been included in the American Mathematical Model Collection of the Smithsonian Museum, Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Institut Henri Poincaré. Taimina's book "Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes" won the 2009 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year.Taimina won the 2012 Euler Book Prize of the Mathematical Association of America.

JEANNINE HAN, Educator, Artist & Designer
Jeannine first joined Parsons in Spring 2014. She has taught courses in Design Studio, Creative Technical, Textiles, Specialized Studio-Materiality, Fashion Materiality, and Body as Form. Her honors include a Sculpture Center Commission (Long Island City), the Smart Textiles Award (Sweden) and a KU grant (Sweden). She recently completed two artist residencies in Lithuania. She has taught courses in Design Studio, Creative Technical, Textiles, Specialized Studio-Materiality, Fashion Materiality, and Body as Form. Her honors include a Sculpture Center Commission (Long Island City), the Smart Textiles Award (Sweden) and a KU grant (Sweden). She recently completed two artist residencies in Lithuania. Jeannine has worked as a product designer at Google Creative Labs NY, a designer at American Apparel,  and a designer for East Coast Knits. Jeannine was educated at the Swedish School of Textiles (MFA, textile design and fashion design) and UCLA (BFA, design/media arts), and completed post studies in fine arts at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. ner for East Coast Knits. Jeannine was educated at the Swedish School of Textiles (MFA, textile design and fashion design) and UCLA (BFA, design/media arts), and completed post studies in fine arts at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden.