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First of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out for Fashion’s Night Out: “Celebrating Slow”.  The night was a huge success and all the panelists, designers, and workshop leaders had a great time and the energy was electric.  We had a great turnout for Hacking Sustainable Fashion and the Slow Fashion Panel could not have had a more intrigued audience.  The Textile Arts Center is so pleased with how the night went that we are having another event this Friday!  Don’t forget to check out the amazing textile artwork at Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fiber Friday from 8-11pm curated by Joetta Maue.

For those that were unable to come to this amazing event don’t fret we documented the whole thing.  And if you still want to purchase from your favorite designers, all of them are online!

Panel Discussion (from the left): Titania Inglis, Greta Eagan, Caitlin Mociun

Panel Discussion: Caitlin Mociun, Shabd Simon-Alexander, Sarah Scaturro

The Sustainable Fashion Panel was moderated by Jill Fehrenbacher.

Hacking Sustainable Fashion provided by Giana González and Sarah Scaturro.

Diligent Hacking Sustainable Fashion participants creating their manifestos.

Rising Tide Fair Trade

Shopper at Titania Inglis’ booth

Shabd Simon-Alexander’s collection

M2 Jewelry — Rubber necklaces and pins

Shannon South and her amazing up-cycled leather bags.

Jill Fehrenbacher founder of Ecouterre.com hanging around {Odette}

{Odette} Necklaces

Mociun fabrics.

Glenn Robinson from Bags for the People having a laugh.

Natural Dyeing workshop with Isa Rodrigues.

Cupcakes by SS Cake and Cookie Creations.

As you can see fun was had by all.  Once again thank you Ecouterre.com, all our panelists, designers,Hacking Sustainable Fashion, Bags for the People, Sewing Rebellion, Isa, all our sponsors, and of course all of you who came out to support the Center!

Stop by and join us again for our Grand Opening Celebration and Premier Gallery Exhibition: “Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fiber”!


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!

It is my belief that accessories can make or break an outfit.  You can have the most boring collection of clothing, but if you have a striking belt, glitzy jewelry, or a big floppy hat you can create an unforgettable look.  That is why when you stop by 505 Carroll Street TOMORROW be sure to stop by the 4 accessory designers’ tables.

Designer: Shannon South of reMade USA is gracing the Center with her fabulous “upcycled” one-of-a-kind leather accessories.  Shannon sources her worn in, loved for ages leather at second-hand stores and disassembles them so she can construct beautiful bags through the inspiration of the original jacket.  The beauty of the bag is in the wear of the previous owner; the imperfections of the leather tells the story of its previous life and lets the bag be the storybook.  reMade USA was born out of the concern with creating yet another product to add to the gazillions already on this planet. Shannon has a strong belief that if one is to be a product designer, there’s an important responsibility in thinking about what materials might do to the environment and how the people manufacturing them are being affected.

Panelist / Designer: Margarita Mileva of M2 Jewelry and her stunning rubber band necklaces will be present at Fashion’s Night Out: Celebrating “Slow”.  If you didn’t see the previous post about her jewelry you can read the entire version here. An architect and jewelry maker, took one office’s trash and turned the into intricate jewelry pieces that have taken the world by storm.  Most recently she has submitted her new Rubber Band Pin Designs to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago gift shop and her designs were recently featured in Art Show – an international contemporary and modern art fair held annually in May.  The pieces definitely speak for themselves.  Accompanying Margarita’s jewelry is her jaw-dropping rubber band dress.  Just see what the TAC Kids had to say:  “Wow you made that?” – Anonymous Kid 1  “How did you DO that?” – Anonymous Kid 2  “I want to wear it!” – Me

Designer: Jennifer Sarkilahti of {Odette} is an artist in New York City who designs and crafts her distinctive collection, Odette New York, out of her Brooklyn studio.  Since launching in 2006, Odette New York has been featured in magazines Lucky, InStyle and People StyleWatch and worn by celebrities like Taylor Swift.  Her designs are inspired by organic and industrial shapes, natural specimens, antique artifacts, and travel mementos; made using ancient and modern wax carving techniques and hand fabrication.  Gotta love tiny little treasures that can be worn around your neck or on your finger.  I especially love her petit collection, which I may have told you before, but I can’t say it enough.  I love tiny, beautiful things.

NEW Rising Tide Fair Trade have joined the festivities with their one-of-a-kind bags.  Rising Tide Fair Trade works with artisans in developing countries who earn a fair wage, enabling them to support their families and achieve a sustainable business operation. The fair trade artisans we work with earn roughly 60 percent more than they would for comparable factory jobs. Since most of the artisans have the choice to work from home, they can tend to their children while contributing to the family income.  percentage of our profits are donated to philanthropic programs that educate and equip under served young women with the skills needed to secure employment or start a business.

Each of these design lines will be available during the shopping hours that begins at 8:30pm. You can also participate in the exciting FREE workshops that will be going on simultaneously to the shopping hours.  We have natural dying, Bags for the People, and Sewing Rebellion all lined up and eager to show participants how to sew, dye, and repair damaged clothing.  Listen to the bumping tunes of DJ Whistlepunk, eat, drink, and be merry.

**Also, don’t forget to bring any old, worn out, unused clothing for Wearable Collections.  Clean out your closet for all the awesome new duds you are going to buy!  Can’t wait to see you there.

One day closer to the huge Fashion’s Night Out event and the Center is a bustle. We have freshened the place up and it looks fabulous, a perfect venue for such a prestigious night.  The designers and panelists are preparing their statements and finalizing their products for the a big night of shopping.  Safe to say that everyone is enthusiastic that the night will be a success.

Among the designers present are 4 local female designers who are dedicated to creating timeless clothing pieces for women that can be worn for a lifetime. Each collection has their own unique fingerprint, and trust me you will want a piece from each of them.

Panelist / Designer: Caroline Priebe founded Uluru, a clothing label with a sustainable business model, which created low-impact clothing that was minimal, easy to wear, and flattering.  Caroline’s designs focuses on dramatic silhouettes and detailed stitching whilst using eco-friendly textiles such as alpaca knits, organic cotton and hemp silk. Her signature cashmere dress was the lust of women everywhere and her easy to wear cashmere knits are still a must for the upcoming fall season.  Caroline wants every woman to have an easy go-to outfit that never fails to catch the eye and maintain ultimate comfort.  Uluru was carried in stores such as Barney’s, TrueBlue, Cantaloup, Big Drop, Elegance, etc. all over the U.S.A.  Currently she is with the company Rogan whose clothing also combines “soulful minimalism with traditional quality and craftsmanship”.  Caroline will be speaking on the “slow fashion” panel which begins at 7:00pm.

Designer: Titania Inglis is truly a designer who understands that modern women look for clothing with taste, class, and a really great seam.  After studying under big names Stærk, ThreeAsFour, and Jean Yu she ventured out with her own label, and boy are we happy she did.  Her collections utilize organic material such as Japanese organic cotton and linen dyed with vegetable dyes and leather that has been vegatablely tanned.  Her fall collection dabbled in draping, volume, and angles, which you can view on her website.  Titania will also be appearing on the “slow fashion” panel and selling her designs during the shopping hours.

Panelist / Designer: Shabd Simon-Alexander is the brilliant mind behind the “tie-dye-centric” clothing that has sparked new interest in tie-dye.  She creates limited edition pieces which take the female shape and tie-dye them in patterns that are inspired by the Hubble telescope photos (as shown on the left).  Again, she uses all natural fibers such as organic silks, wools, and cottons and each piece is dyed by hand in her Brooklyn studio.  Her designs have been reviewed by Nylon magazine, the New York Magazine, the NY Times, Daily Candy, Treehugger.com, Time Out NY, the Martha Stewart Show, and Blackbook to name a few.  She is no stranger to fashion and her dyed leggings and tights are on my wish list.  Come see Titania speak on the “slow fashion” panel at 7:00pm Friday then get your tie-dye on at 8:30!

Panelist / Designer: Caitlin Mociun was born the daughter of seafaring Tony Mociun and pedagogical Jillian Mociun, and the sister of quiet Jonah Mociun.  Her dramatic print dresses is what caught my eye first from her Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Each shift dress has an eye-catching pattern uninterrupted in the front and then a careful cutout at the back reveal and unexpected eye-full of skin.  I think it’s great when a piece of clothing looks completely different depending on the angle you look at it.  “Part of my main driving force is about making something different and approaching fashion design in a little different way than it’s been done before. Sustainability is a big issue, and it’s not just about using organic fabric. I’m interested in creating a brand that can start in a small space, using local factories and collaborating with local artists in New York and Brooklyn, but finding a way to grow from that. ” — Interview with stylecaster.com  As you may have guessed already, Caitlin will also be speaking on the “slow fashion” panel, and when the talking is over you can also browse through her amazing selection of clothing and purchase purchase purchase to your heart’s content.

Tune in tomorrow for accessories!

The buzz about Fashion’s Night Out is growing.  This year the event has become international, it has hopped the river over to Brooklyn.  If you haven’t heard yet, the Textile Arts Center will be hosting its own Fashion’s Night Out event with Ecouterre.com, Celebrating “Slow”.  There will be a Hack Sustainable Fashion workshop, a designer panel, free workshops, and 7 local Brooklyn designers selling clothing and accessories.  But you can read all about that on the website here.

I want to talk about a trend that has swept across the nation and is a part of our nation’s history: Americana.  Americana refers to artifacts, patterns, and icons that are related to the history of the United States.  In fashion it is popping up in every store in the form of gingham, cowboy boots, denim jackets, and flag patterns.   Here are some of my favorite Americana designs:

Teen Vogue Shoot

Mike & Chris

Unknown…

Derek Lam– love the cowboy boots paired with this Zorro-looking theme.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Gary Harvey

New York Times Fashion Editorial

Unknown….but so cute!

Image from Oprah.com

Boohoo

**But remember to reserve seating for the Ecouterre.com Designer Panel and for the Hack Sustainable Fashion Workshop at the Center’s Fashion’s Night Out Presents: Celebrating “Slow” on September 10, 2010.