Tonight, a very very awesome class is starting.

Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab will teach our Basic Quilting class, helping students to build their own personal maps! I wanted to highlight this class today, because I think Emily’s story is particularly inspiring. And because I want to make my bed a cloud of Soft Maps.

Emily’s background is in architecture. After working in several acronym-friendly NYC firms, and the economy hitting the architecture field so hard, she decided to break out on her own. While continuing to invest in “developing a professional career as an architect while maintaining connections to academic research, artistic practice, and spreading awesome”, Emily made her first Soft Map. She posted some pictures, and before she knew it quite a few of the big design blogs caught on.

A little about the quilts:

“Soft-Maps (c) are quilted maps of cities and neighborhoods that represent someone’s unique place in the world. Wrap your children in them, have a picnic, pull them close during the next Nor’easter. As a keepsake, a Soft-Map serves as an intimate reminder of home: where you’re from and where you belong. In a world that is increasingly digitized and remote, a quilted Soft-Map provides an expressive way to reconnect with your surroundings.

Not only beautiful, these blankets can be used as a mnemonic tool. As your child grows up with a Soft Map, they learn to read their neighborhood and its landmarks in a tactile, easily remembered way.”

When I first met Emily, I was taken aback by her story and success — a great example of someone who took their creativity in a time of hardship and turned it into something really positive. Her work is not only beautiful for the home, practical, and just the right amount of nostalgia, but she really takes design to a new level in her other work. I’ve not yet seen and of her architecture work, but the kites she did for the Knoll showroom and Opening Ceremony (Jason Schwartzman!) are fantastic.

Though she’s busy and super-popular we are thrilled to have Emily join us Textile Arts Center! Check back here for updates on what students are making.

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