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Back in October we held a class taught by the wonderful Emily Fischer of HapticLab.

Emily was a wonderful teacher and I was so happy we were able to offer a basic quilting class that engaged people with contemporary design. Quilting inherently is a a bit nostalgic — evoking images of rocking chairs, Grandma, piecing together old clothes so you can keep them around forever and ever… Whatever one’s general opinion on the “typical” quilt look, quilting is a fantastic skill that can be used in so many ways and applied to all kinds of items.

However, I think it can be a little difficult to find people doing new and interesting things with the very time consuming hobby. Emily is a long time quilter, with a family-quilting background, but her clean and modern aesthetic allows for items that are “New York chic” with a level of nostalgia that is just right and suitable to the individual.

I had been ogling Emily’s work for awhile, and after meeting her, was so happy she was willing to teach at TAC. Of course, in my stupidity, I thought I’d actually have time to take the class…I hardly got beyond cutting out my backing. However, Carol Cho over at BurdaStyle, posted her finished project! It’s so exciting to see finished student work, particularly in use or back in their own environment.

A perfect example of how Emily’s quilts allow for the individual to create something relevant to place, space, memory, through text, drawing, fabric choice. Carol’s USA map tracks all the cities she has visited with her boyfriend.

Emily is also a really good person. She has been working with Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and this weekend they will have a huge Open House at the new Gallery on Atlantic Ave, which you should all go to! RSVP =

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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