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This post is especially brought to you over the sea from Clara.

The Campaign for Wool is a cross-industry initiative convened by HRH The Prince of Wales in January 2010. As a serious environmentalist, the Prince believes the natural, sustainable origin and highly technical structure of wool can offer fashion, interiors and the built environment many superior benefits. Choosing real wool – as the Prince understands – will also help to care for our planet.

The combined efforts of the leading wool organizations, industry associations and the textile industry across the world has created a campaign to promote the wonderful properties that wool offers to textiles and in doing so, help to support sheep farming as an industry and the textile community internationally.

There are a number of ways to get involved with the campaign including:

-Sign a Letter of Agreement and return to show your support of the campaign.

-Use the campaign logo’s on your website to link through to http://www.campaignforwool.org. We can provide you the logo file and some accompanying text to explain the campaign to your online customers.

-Encourage your retail customers to contact us and become involved.

-Host educational seminars for your customers to update them on the eco-benefits of wool and the campaign. We can provide the presentations you will need.

-Build unique showroom displays to promote the campaign and your use of wool. We can provide you artwork to utilize.


LIVE NATURALLY…CHOOSE WOOL

With his signature sculpture dress in white Johan Ku is a force to be reckoned with.  Born in Taipei, Taiwan Ku began as a graphic designer when he was only 17 years old.  Since then he has gone on to get a masters in fashion and textile design, move to London where his studio is based, and win a series of awards for his designs and style.

In an interview conducted by notjustanotherlabel.com extracted these great insights into Ku’s philosophy on fashion and life:

NOTHING INSPIRES KU LIKE… Interesting textiles or yarns. He often get inspired by new materials. It’s not only an important element of his design process, but also a starting point for Ku’s collection.

KU HOPEs… He can live on an isolated island with only someone whom he loves.

CULTURAL INFLUENCES… Can affect people’s minds imperceptibly. They also represent where and who we are in the world.

KU GOT WHERE HE IS… Thanks to Ku’s commitment to hard work. Also, the support from friends and family can be the best encouragement in such a competitive industry.

FASHION CAN SOMETIMES… Can make Ku feel bored and superficial, on the other hand, it can sometimes impress him in a very positive way.

MONEY MAKES… Many things possible and often makes many things complicated. We cannot live without money, but it would be really sorrowful if we lived only for it.

CREATIVITY COMES FROM… Studying in a certain field for a very long time. It comes from rational development rather than a mythical emotion.

KU HAS NEVER… Taken any kind of drugs in his life, and Ku am not a smoker either. He doesn’t want to do anything that could damage his health, no matter how exciting it may seem.

His most recent collection Emotional Structure won the Avant-Garde Award of Gen Art Style  last year.  And with the chilly months swiftly approaching us I cannot help but imagine that I am lounging by my ridiculously large fireplace with a martini draped in one of these goddess gowns.

Reminder:  The Cutting Edge Artist Talk is this Friday (October 8th) at 7:30pm.  We have 8 artists lined up and the curator Joetta Maue will be present.  For more information please refer to our website.  We hope to see you there.

It’s true. They do.

The MetaLoom came down today for the winter and repairs. After a long winter of exposure to children and the elements, we enlisted some new people to help us take it down this time. Gerard Nadeau, the MetaLoom designer, ventured back to NYC; our wonderful summer interns, Kawan and Tyrence, returned; and Liesl Hazelton, a very talented Australian textile artist who is traveling the world on scholarship, was nice enough to take some of the load off us. She’ll be joining us for the next two weeks and hopefully in 2010!

Tali Weinberg, textile artist and grad-student at NYU, also came by to help. She wrote a wonderful blog entry about the MetaLoom and we hope to collaborate with her in installing it at a conference on fashion and textiles at NYU in late January. We’re so happy to be working with people who have new visions for textiles and inspiring perspectives on their role in our world. Thanks, Tali : )

So check back here or the website for MetaLoom updates — we are looking forward to a busy 2010.