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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!

Can you believe that it’s already August?  I know I sure can’t, the summer has completely flown by and I am scrambling to spend as much time outside.  There are the outdoor concerts I have yet to see, my pilgrimage over the Brooklyn Bridge, more games of volleyball and badminton, and all the popsicles and ice cream cones that have yet to be eaten.

Outdoor art is also a sight to behold.  Summer is the best time to see art, on every corner of every street.  There is Play Me I’m Yours, Event Horizon in Madison Sq. Park, and Big Bambu at the MET.  But if you ever feel the need to hop the pond over to the U.K you should check out this land artist, Chris Drury.

All of his works are concerned with three main connections: nature and culture, inner and other, micro and macro.

Though Chris works in both indoor galleries and outdoor spaces he much prefers the freedom and space that nature provides.  Having works displayed in a natural environment not only allows the viewer to explore the work in a way that is not possible in a gallery setting.  Furthermore, the work is constantly interacting with its surrounding environment which the viewer is able to observe and connect with.  “A masseur in Japan once said to me that he puts people in touch with their bodies in much the same way I put people in touch with their landscapes,” he says.

In the South Carolina Botanical Gardens there is an example of a “growing work”, a Time Capsule.  The work comprises two large woven stick domes in a figure of 8 plan. The nucleus of each dome is a rammed earth column in a woven stick mould. In the weaving are four live tree saplings.  These saplings are tied and grafted together at the top. The weaving will eventually rot away leaving the saplings to grow up around the red earth monoliths.

Wind Wave Chamber

Stone Vortex

Chris has also done a series of works called Cloud Chambers which are essentially buildings that have a tiny circular hole opening in the roof.  In the tiny opening is a lens which projects the sky and clouds above.  The interior of these structures are painted white and is called the “viewing surface”, and thus the sky above is projected on the floor below.  This is an illustration of inner and outer concept; how we perceive and deduce as inside and outside because the clouds are clearly inside, but they are an “outside” entity.

Outside

Inside

He also creates work for gallery space as well, while maintaining the natural feel of his art.

Heart Of Stone

28 x 16x 12 made from Welsh cut slate surround and three grades of slate – drain filling laid on edge in the pattern of a cross-section through the apex of a human heart.  “The tissue of the heart is formed by  the spiralling flow of blood which is pulled in from the periphery and pushed out again. You can find these same patterns in the macrocosm, in weather systems on the planet and in the formation of galaxies. One of the aspects of complexity theory is that as systems become more complex, instead of degenerating into chaos, they tend to form coherent patterns. So although life systems are in a state of ever-changing dynamic flux, the patterns of interconnected relationships are a constant, even though these may change and evolve. This is the pattern of life on earth.” – Chris


Destroying Angel Trinity

These three images are digitally printed mushroom spore prints and hand written words in white ink and pencil on canvas. The mushroom chosen here is Amanita virosa, Destroying Angel, it is pure white and utterly deadly if you are foolish enough to eat it. Symptoms of poisoning may take 24 hours to appear by which time it is too late to do anything.

Shake Before Using

This installation is of 3 fingerprints overlapped with handprints.

Whorls and Sequoia Whirlpool