The corsets are being tightened, stockings pulled up, hairspray flying so you can’t even breathe, and everyone is getting a spray tan.  Yes tonight is Fashion’s Night Out, and on top of that Ecouterre.com and Textile Arts Center’s “Celebrating Slow” event begins tonight at 6pm.

In this blog I want to highlight all the fabulous, free workshops which will be taking place tonight.

Giana González of Hacking Couture is a Panamanian interaction designer and artist. Her work explores the dissection and re-appropriation of culture and/or design and their systems in means of finding opportunities for new expressions and experiences. She is not attached to a specific medium. Giana’s work has been shown in the US and overseas in venues like Eyebeam Atelier, Garanti Gallery, and Columbia College’s A+D Gallery. She has also participated in events like Maker Faire and Siggraph among others.  “Fueling her passion for interactive design are her personal interests in participation, personal expression, and style. Giana is excited by creating experiences that empower individuals to communicate and express themselves. Fashion is a huge influence on her work because she sees a strong parallel between its cycles and technological progress. Giana believes that both fields could enrich each others methods. This is evident in the DIY events and projects She has led, like Hacking Couture workshops where fashion consumers become the designers.” For more information check out her personal website here.

Hacking Couture is a platform for launching new fashion creations through an open source approach of reverse engineering fashion brands and making the code available online. Hands on workshops encourage participants to create using the codes regardless of their level of fashion knowledge, and to engage in the larger fashion conversation. By understanding the coding of established fashion, this project provides a platform to empower participants to step up and create.

Come hack Sustainable Fashion with us tonight beginning promptly at 6.


Isa Rodrigues is a Portuguese angel, princess, master dyer, and studio manager of the Textile Arts Center.  She is an amazing teacher and is thrilled to be teaching a quick little workshop on natural dyeing with objects you can find in your cupboards or in your garden.  Tonight you can learn how to dye with flowers that come to us from our local community garden, red cabbage, and a couple more surprise dying materials.  To see a quick how-to video Isa made with Brooklyn Mini-Skills click here.

Bags for the People is a non-profit organization that is reducing the use of plastic bags through sewing workshops.  These workshops are designed to educate communities on green environmental practices though creative thought.  By using donated fabrics from donated bolts, old clothing, and scraps one will sew their own reusable tote.  If you don’t know how to sew that’s ok because BFTP provides knowledgable instructors to help with basic sewing skills and tote bag patterns. It was started in 2009 by 3 friends who worked at the Union Square Farmers Market and observed an unethical waste of plastic bags.   They began to hold these sewing mini workshops in the market and it took off.  The organization now collaborates with art institutes bringing their mission straight to the creative pods.  Bags for the People also have a series of workshops at the Textile Arts Center, for the next workshop check out their Art Happenings Page.

Sewing Rebellion hosted by Maya Valladares will be a tutorial on how to mend your pesky holes and tears that come with years of loving your clothes.  Patching is really fundamental to Sewing Rebellion’s mission of making good clothes last, and customizing them to be personal and political as well as pretty.  By using extra scrap fabrics and a little know-how you can make a worn piece feel like new.  Maya Valladares currently works at the Brooklyn Museum coordinating their gallery and studio programs as well as the studio art programs.  She also is a freelance teacher working Brooklyn Museum, Escola de Arte (Brazil) and the Laundromat Project.  Her workshops focus on textile arts and clothing design.  She has always been a big supporter of the Center and we are thrilled to be supporting her and Sewing Rebellion.

Drink a coffee, prepare your wallet, do a little stretching, do whatever you need to do to pump yourself up for this amazing Fashion’s Night Out.  Remember that to participate in the Hacking Sustainable Fashion workshop you must RSVP.  Currently spots to participate in the workshop itself is full and there has begun a waiting list, but please come join us for the informative and fun presentation and learn about this amazing industry.  This workshop begins promptly at 6pm.

The Ecouterre.com Sustainable Panel begins at 7pm and there is limited seating.  There will be standing room available.

Thanks everyone and have a great Fashion’s Night Out!

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