TALKING TEXTILES

Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize 2015

Dorothy Waxman - photo by Marie Taillefer

Dorothy Waxman - photo by Marie Taillefer

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and fellow curator Philip Fimmano are pleased to announce the creation of a new international design prize to be awarded to a textile or fashion design student who exhibits innovative thinking and inspiring creativity in textiles.
 
The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize honors Dorothy Waxman, the original driving force behind Trend Union and Edelkoort Inc. in the United States and contributing reporter to the magazines View on Colour, Textile View and Viewpoint. Waxman’s insatiable curiosity and discerning eye for the avant-garde has inspired Edelkoort and her team for decades. Waxman also introduced the American fashion industry to European textile partners with her work at the Fashion Group. As an avid textile aficionado, she believes that creative fabrics can change the design landscape in profound ways.

Proudly supported by Edelkoort Inc. in New York, the award winner will receive a prize of US $5,000 and coverage on the online interactive trend platform, TrendTablet.com. The award is part of Edelkoort and Fimmano’s Talking Textiles initiative that promotes textile education, creativity and awareness.
 
The competition is open to students from any country currently enrolled in a textile, fashion or knitting course. The winning design will be chosen by Dorothy Waxman based on its aesthetic and creative identity. Applicants should fill in the attached form and send their entries by post or email.
 
Download  the application form


TALKING TEXTILES

create culture from nature

Studio Claudy Jongstra

 

We are proud to announce that Studio Claudy Jongstra has just won Best Studio Artist Design for the carpet design award at DOMOTEX in Hannover.

 

Her project shows how to create culture from nature.The process involves the harvested woad being chopped up and ground. The ground leaves form a clay-like substance, the pastel.This is shaped into balls, called cocagnes.

A process of decay then sets in. Once they have dried, the cocagnes can be used to dye in an indigo color.

 

www.claudyjongstra.com

 

Claudy Jongstra is also exhibiting in Talking Textiles, now in its last days at the Textielmuseum in Tilburg.

 

www.textielmuseum.nl

 

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

natural - local & social

 

 Migration (2011) by Formafantasma - production: Nodus

Migration (2011) by Formafantasma - production: Nodus

 

Designers such as Formafantasma and Claudy Jongstra have been turning to natural materials for designs coming from local sources that are produced locally as well; such as wool from Texel (Roland Pieter Smit) or woven fibre from Palestine (BCXSY).

 

The designs are sometimes produced by outsider communities of local women or disabled people.

 

The natural outlook includes hybrid materials blending wool and synthetic wovens and wool and silk felts that procure a contemporary ethno/techno expression.

The regional aspect and the will to work in collaboration are becoming important social trends.

 

Lidewij Edelkoort

 

Talking Textiles remains on view until January 26, 2014 at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

constructivist - colour-blocked

 

Rei (2009) by Rodrigo Almeida - collection: C.N.A.P.

Rei (2009) by Rodrigo Almeida - collection: C.N.A.P.

 

At first glance it looks like as if the de Stijl movement has come back and that design is becoming linear and constructed again.

 

However this revival is a contemporary citation and a pure product of the 21st century where severe lines are used playfully like textile collage or in a recycled product.

 

Dying, winding, double-weaving, layering and packaging are lively ways to give a spirited aspect to rigorous form.

Colour, material and shape come together in happy and almost comical designs. Form is found within the textile.

 

Lidewij Edelkoort

 

Talking Textiles remains on view until January 26, 2014 at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

instinctive - wild tactility

 

HuntForHighTech_2011_byBartHess

Hunt for High Tech (2010) by Bart Hess

 

Humans are mesmerised by animals and long for a more instinctive existence, where the intuitive wildness in their character is addressed and challenged. Thus animal skins and beastly forms are translated into technological materials and three-dimensional products by designers such as Bart Hess and Maarten Baas.

Phoebe 4, a new experimental lampshade by Marcel Wanders, has been made from knitted mohair balls, using the human body as an erotic structure and accompanied by a film for twelve magical hours of illumination. Tactility is the first requirement.

 

Lidewij Edelkoort

Talking Textiles remains on view until January 26, 2014 at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg.

 

www.textielmuseum.nl

 

 

Hunt for High Tech (2010) by Bart Hess


TALKING TEXTILES

narrative - telling stories


 Circus Rug (2010) by Fernando & Humberto Campana, production Nodus

Circus Rug (2010) by Fernando & Humberto Campana, production Nodus

 

A social trend for storytelling and narrating fairy tales is reflected in design where the idea of the figurative form comes back to life.

 

With their products, designers want to tell stories about our existence and the future of our world. Ideas about house and garden are embroidered, woven and collected into tender and detailed form.

A romantic vision able to seduce the consumer/curator to collect quite a personal story. A nostalgic journal of existence.

 

Lidewij Edelkoort

 

Talking Textiles remains on view until January 26, 2014 at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

nomadic - on the move

 

Migration (Love Boat) (2013) by Bokja

 

The interest in textile design is growing and transforming our world with noble materials, ethnic origins and natural colourings. Once more, the youngest designers experience the challenge of the loom. Enabled by our smart phones and tablets, people feel freer and decide to make their life a nomadic one, without rules, without borders, without walls.

 

Consumers take their houses on their back and turn to textile for its flexibility and caring character.

Sitting on the floor, lounging on mattresses and delving into cushions, we will transform our life into an adventure. Transformation will become the norm.

 

Lidewij Edelkoort

 

Talking Textiles remains on view until January 26, 2014 at the TextielMuseumin

 


TALKING TEXTILES

abstract - neutral & essential

 

Single Wire (2011) by David Lynch, in collaboration with Raphael Navot - production: Domeau & Pérès

Design is coming of age and enables people to choose an object of reflection like a moment of rest and inner vision. A spiritual choice that gives peace to the soul and rest to the brain, a silent witness of our time.

Furniture becomes geometric in form, objects behave in spiralling movement, function is undressed and minimized, colours are chiaroscuro neutrals; all done to come to the core of what life is all about.

These essentials are often made in natural fibres yet also include metallic and plastic components to give them a futuristic character.

 

Lidewij Edelkoort

 

Talking Textiles remains on view until January 26, 2014 at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg


TALKING TEXTILES

the exhibition in tilburg

 

photo: Gym de Luxe by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm

 

Within a short period of time, the house will dress up in all different expressions of textile: knitted, crocheted, printed, embroidered, as jacquards or as colourwovens. The consumer will start using a bit of fabric here and there; a knitted pouf, a felt plaid, a tactile carpet or traditional table linen. People will think about a bigger surface and will reinvent the curtain, consider wall-to-wall fabrics and upholster furniture with tweeds and patterns instead of leather.

 

In reaction to our virtual existence, we will need more real emotions and unknown surprising scenarios: tactility and dimension to compensate the flat screens in our lives, to give pleasure to our fingers.  This seems why many designers have recently started to reinvent textiles with often handmade and traditional but also high-tech processes. This focus from designers and other creatives will arrive just in time to prevent the demise of the textile industries. We have only a few years left to save these endangered species. Let’s talk about textiles for the years to come!

 

Lidewij Edelkoort

TREND SEMINAR

on November 27, Lidewij Edelkoort will present the House of Textiles, a look at design and interior trends that are inspired by textile

Session One: 11.00 - 12.30 (English)

Session Two: 14.00 - 15.30 (Dutch)

€ 35 or € 40 (including lunch)

Students & museum members discount: 27.50 or 32.50 (including lunch)

RSVP is essential: aanmelden@textielmuseum.nl

 

EXHIBITION OPENS

Talking Textiles brings together contemporary design and creative textiles at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg on show until January 26, 2014.

www.textielmuseum.nl

 

 

 

photo: Tommy de Lange / TextielMuseum. Nomadic Textiles (from left): Kiki van Eijk, Bertjan Pot, Dienke Dekker, with Daniel Costa and Lenneke Langenhuijsen (both centre)

 

photo: Tommy de Lange / TextielMuseum . Exhibition view

 

photo: Tommy de Lange / TextielMuseum. Exhibition view .

 


TALKING TEXTILES

a new exhibition in Tilburg

'Family Wall Hanging' by Kiki van Eijk (collection: TextielMuseum, Tilburg)

 

Trend forecaster and design curator Lidewij Edelkoort will present contemporary creative textile design in Talking Textiles at the renowned TextileMuseum from September 28, 2012 – January 26, 2014.

 

The 2013 Talking Textiles exhibition has been especially expanded for the TextielMuseum to include new or rarely seen items, some of them exhibited in the Netherlands for the first time. Recent Design Academy Eindhoven graduate designers will also be showcased as part of Edelkoort’s ongoing effort to promote fresh design talent, including a sensorial carpet by Italian designer Daniel Costa, intricately printed textiles by Dienke Dekker and fabric woven from wood by Lenneke Langenhuijsen.

Talking Textiles is curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano from Edelkoort Exhibitions. The curators will also be incorporating new objects from the TextielMuseum’s own collection. A textile and design seminar for the public with Lidewij Edelkoort will take place on November 27.

 

 

www.textielmuseum.nl

 

Download the English Press Release

 

Download the Dutch Press Release

 

Download the Press Images here and here 


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ilana efrati

 

"natural artificial" photo by Ilana Efrati

"natural artificial" photo by Ilana Efrati

 

Ilana Efrati is an independent fashion design and the creator of the Ilana Efrati and AA fashion labels. In 1985, after graduating in Arts and Graphic Design, Efrati launched her independent fashion label Ilana Efrati in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has made an important contribution to Israeli fashion design ever since, developing a unique style inspired by the urban life of Tel Aviv and by Italian quality tailoring know-how. Since 2005 Efrati divides her life between Tel Aviv and a small village in Umbria, Italy. She renovated a medieval rural house, where she now lives and produces organic olive oil and wine. Life in the country side allowed Efrati to reflect on her professional ethos, dedicating greater attention to the natural seasons, to the impact of consumerism on nature and to the environment we live in.

 

At a time when the world, and in particular the world of fashion, is oriented towards chasing the trendy and temporary, losing touch with nature, Efrati wishes to take a pause. She leaves her busy urban workshop to wander in the Italian countryside, and her work echoes the beauty in the simplicity of everyday nature. She dedicates time and space to observing the flow of the natural cycle, and the basic ways in which people use the materials they find in the environment. In her works, Efrati tries to track down the most primordial processes of nature: the cycle of seasons, germination and decay, light and shade. In her minimalist interventions she wishes to leave the 'protected zone' of the city and return to a life in which humanity was still synchronized with those natural cycles.

The fabrics seeks to ‘freeze’ a moment in the garden’s seasonal cycle. Silk, linen, wool and cotton cloths were hand-printed with plants, flowers, leaves and buds, all found in the vegetable garden's immediate environment. Thus, the printed fabrics become a unique and unrepeatable aesthetic memory of a moment in the infinite natural cycle of seasonal change. Efrati explores the relations between nature and the repeated attempts of mankind to appropriate and organize it.

 

Efrati creates a comparison between the earth and the fabric as a canvas upon which she produces compositions to investigate the relations between the wild and the aesthetic, and to distill their unique essences. She creates an intentional blurring between the natural and the artificial and uproots the dichotomies of man-made/natural, art/fashion, particular/universal.

 

Efrati, who for many years perfected the functional and aesthetic harmony of fabric and cut in fashion design, turns with these textiles to artistic practice. In a rough and intuitive manner she observes and narrates the beauty hidden in the process of creation, growth, decay and disappearance of raw materials in nature.

 

masaot.com

 

"duplicity" photo by Ilana Efrati

"duplicity" photo by Ilana Efrati

 

"urban rural" photo by Ilana Efrati

"urban rural" photo by Ilana Efrati


TALKING TEXTILES

turkish red

 

photo by federico floriani

photo by federico floriani

 

Digging in the archive of the historical collection of the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Studio Formafantasma has been drawn by the so-called Driessen collection. This has been donated by one of the members of the Driessen family to the TextielMuseum once the activity of the cotton printing company LKM (Leidsche Katoen Maatschappij) ended. The collection is composed by a large series of textile-related books, notebooks, material samples and printing experimentations collected by various generations of Driessen’s family members and colourists working for the company.

 

In these books fragments of textile collected around the world or tests developed within the company are mixed creating unexpected texture and combinations. Numerous are also the collected colour tests and the recipes that are testifying the transition between the use of natural pigments and the synthetic ones. In this respect the work of Felix Driessen is particularly relevant. He in fact largely investigated Turkish or madder red. The so-called Turkish red, a particularly vibrant tone of red sourced from madder roots, is one of the most researched colours in the history of textile. First developed in India and later expanded till Greece and Turkey, its bright tones have intrigued different cultures, becoming one of the first examples of globalization.

Drawing inspiration both from the Driessen collection and the history of Turkish red, Studio Formafantasma has designed a series of 17 silk textiles which are dyed with madder roots in collaboration with a German colourist.

 

The design of the silks features patterns from Driessen’s books and other visual elements as a reference to the history of Turkish red. Traditional design elements such as colour and texture are used as tools to both testify the work of the Driessen’s family and to evoke the symbolic, economic and social impact of the Turkish red in history: from The Roman Empire, through French Revolution till the chemical synthesis of alizarin, one of the major dyes obtainable from madder roots. The title of the project, BTMM1514, is referring to the way the Driessen collection's books are numbered.

 

 

The exhibition is on show until May 26, 2013

 

 

 photo by federico floriani

photo by federico floriani

 

 photo by federico floriani

photo by federico floriani

 

 photox by federico floriani

photos by federico floriani


TALKING TEXTILES

miniartextil

Tonje Soerli

The Miniartextil exhibition, originated from Como in Italy and organized by Italian collectors, explores annually the infinite creativity of selected artists throughout the world. With mini-textiles of a size of 20 cm3, maxi-textile installations and lace creations, over fifty artists compete with their imagination, know-how, innovative spirit and freedom to offer the most exciting art overview of a simple thread.

 

The theme 'contemporary agora' was chosen for this year’s collection, showing a fresh view on the ancient Greek city. The exhibition is hosted for his single date in France, in the most beautiful setting: Le Beffroi, a new cultural center of the Paris-neighbour city of Montrouge. The exhibition will then travel to Venice.

 

Natural and industrial materials have created an intersection of art, design and fashion, all exhibiting the contemporary aesthetic.

 

Miniartextil offers a variety of textile art in all its possible forms. Miniartextil, lets the visitor enter the heart of the matter, where there are no boundaries between craft, art and design, neo-textile science and fashion. Stunning almost poetic work made with intelligence and elegance combining traditional know-how and innovative use of materials.

From fibres over weaves, whether goose feathers and epoxy resin, as in Matyna Golik’s 'Reflection' or simple paper and wire usage in Michiko Sakuma’s „Budding“. Surprising encounters, unexpected visual dialogues, exchanges and confrontations will awaken your creativity at the Miniartextil.

 

54 pieces, each a maximum size of 20cm3 intersect and interact with several maxi-textile pieces, which allures you into a global universe of fabrics. The vision of the artists of what surrounds them and their interpretation of the contemporary agora made Kyionori Shimada create a labyrinth of nylon fabric and Irene Anton, an “intervention invading network” with tights.

 

Many pieces express how the contemporary agora remains in our virtual communities, without burying the essential aspiration of the agora where once political, religious, fests and commercial matters lead a community. A modern interpretation of today’s society.

 

Miniartextil 9th edition, from Saturday february 2nd to 24th, 2013. Le Beffroi, 2 place Emile Cresp, 92120 Montrouge.

 

www.ville-montrouge.fr

 

Left: Guido Bosco - Right : Yukako Sorai

 

Right by Martyna Golik

 

 

Gerda Ritzmann

 


TALKING TEXTILES

time tells - a project by diana blok

 

photos by diana blok

photos by diana blok

 

 

"After my father’s death, I began a process of rescuing memories, searching for clues which would lead me to discover more of who he was and as a result, more of who I was. Memories of his past were carried through photographs and negatives stored in boxes. Seven years after his death, my mother followed, leaving behind her personal archive in the form of a precious collection of handmade garments.

 

Her legacy was embodied in the delicately stitched and embroidered clothes she created for us for the key moments in our lives: baptism, communion, weddings. But all the while, my Catholic, Argentine mother’s needle was patterning secrets, unutterable events of the past: indelible images that would eventually surface and give light to her prophetic words:  “el tiempo lo dira”, that is, ‘Time will tell.’

 

My father was a young Dutchman hired by the Turkish Embassy as their personal assistant first in The Hague (1934-1935), and then, for a second term, from 1936 until 1946, in Buenos Aires. Tall, blond and blue-eyed, he was my mother’s Prince Charming.  They married and together raised four daughters. They lived a charmed life as, after the war, my father transferred to the Royal Netherlands Embassy as a diplomat and rose steadily through the ranks of the Dutch Foreign Service in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. By the time he retired, he had accumulated a string of decorations including the prestigious Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

 

Silently however, my father suffered under the weight of an unacknowledged identity: he was Jewish. He therefore carried alone the knowledge that his parents and only brother were murdered in Auschwitz.  He had escaped the Holocaust through the good graces of the Turkish ambassador who had re-employed him for the duration of the war. However, in the anti -Semitic climate of Argentina, a revelation that he was in fact Jewish, would have burst the fairytale bubble of our existence.

 

My parents came from disparate worlds but they loved each other dearly. For my sisters and me, his tragic story, her inability to acknowledge his roots, and the garments she so lovingly made hold the key to our identity. Without this specific past and the repercussions it had in their lives and ours as their children, we would not be who we are today.

For this reason, I am piecing together the unspoken tale of my parents’ lives thru photographs of the garments my mother crafted, with archival and abstract images found along several journeys made in search of answers to the profound connectedness I have always felt with my Jewish ancestors.

 

In 2009 on a journey to Istanbul in a most unexpected way, I met the children of the Turkish ambassador, now 80 and 82 years old, (former ambassadors themselves). They had grown up knowing my father, first in The Hague and later in Buenos Aires. As they told their stories and unlocked some of the mysteries surrounding my father, I knew the time had come for me, as a visual artist to tell the story. I heard my mother’s voice: ‘El tiempo lo dira’.

 

In a documentary film, cinematographer Sonia Herman Dolz documents my recent meeting with the Turkish ambassador’s children who shared memories about my father during their 10-year period together.

 

The book that goes with the project is designed by Stephen de Smet and published by Diana Blok & Witteveen Visual Art Center. The total project is evolving into multiple layered installation combining photography, film and sound."

 

Time Tells by Diana Blok can be seen until november 6th in Amsterdam at:

 

www.galeriewitteveen.nl

 

 

Sponsors: 

Mondriaan Foundation - Amsterdam Fund for the Arts - 7 Hills Foundation - NL/Turkey 400

 

 

 

 

www.dianablok.com

 

 

photo by diana blok

photo by diana blok

 

photos by diana blok

photos by diana blok

 

photo by diana blok

photo by diana blok

 

photos by diana blok

photos by diana blok

 

photos by diana blok

photos by diana blok

 

photo by diana blok

photo by diana blok

 

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

carioca’s lifestyle

caju collective

courtesy of caju collective

 

Last year, three designers from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, launched the Caju Collective, a design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Caju (kah-joo) in portuguese means cashew, a tropical, yummy, exotic, colorful fruit.

The studio’s proposal is to bring the creativity, playfulness and warmness of their culture to the NYC’s design scene. Bridging Art, Design and Fashion: the 3 of them participated in On Going, an exhibition focused on the creative process of Brazilian artists rooted in NYC, where they presented etchings, video and typographic works.Caju Collective will be releasing their first textile print design collection at Indigo/ Premiere Vision NY. Dani Moura and Patricia Bomeny met while working for La Estampa, the largest textile supplier in Brazil, where they created textile print designs for high- end and mid-market fashion brands.

In 2010, Dani decided to move to NY to attend a School of Visual Arts program. A year later, Patricia did the same. Gustavo Prado, who’s fine artist, graphic designer and Patricia’s husband, came right after her, bringing the french bulldog Pingo, the mascot of the team.

 

As they all live in Brooklyn, they decided to open their studio in Williamsburg, where they are able to keep their carioca’s lifestyle, going to work with bicycles and having lunch at the park.

 

 

www.cajucollective.com

 

 

caju collective

courtesy of caju collective

 

photo courtesy of caju

photo courtesy of caju

 

photo courtesy of caju

photo courtesy of caju

 

photo courtesy of caju

photo courtesy of caju

 

 

photo courtesy of caju

photo courtesy of caju

 

photo courtesy of caju

photo courtesy of caju

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

modeling milk

 

Photo by Anny CK

Photo by Anny CK

 

Anke Domaske — a German born, biochemist and fashion designer— is the inventor of an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk. Called “Qmilch,” it drapes and folds like silk, but can be washed and dried like cotton. The fabric is also eco-friendly and a wonderful solution for people with skin allergies.

Qmilch – a combination of quality and the German word for milk – won the innovation award of Germany's Textile Research Association, which recognized it as a new, sustainable fiber that could revolutionize the clothing industry.

After two years of trial and error in a research lab, Domaske and her team of six finally created a process of reducing milk to a protein powder that is then boiled and pressed into strands that can be woven into a fabric.

According to Domaske, the strands can be spun rougher for a heavier texture, or shiny smooth, to create a soft jersey feel. She uses only organic milk that cannot be consumed because it has failed Germany's strict quality standards.

 

By reducing waste and our reliance on byproducts from oil, and other indispensable resources such as water, Domaske’s work promises greener fashion and a greener future.

Text by Beth Lauck.

 

www.qmilk.eu

 

 

Photo by Anny CK

Photo by Anny CK

 

photos by jannes frubel

photos by jannes frubel


TALKING TEXTILES

rubelli

 

photos by sabine pigalle

photos by sabine pigalle

 

At 2012's Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Rubelli will be showing how the design world can integrate with the decorating world in an austere installation at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. One of the galleries will be transformed into a dark vision of romantic beauty, reflecting two important trends in design: the revival of textiles for interiors and a focus on black.

 

As part of an ongoing collaboration, Lidewij Edelkoort has been asked to select textiles and contemporary design, upholstering the space and previewing a revival of the gothic movement. On display will be a special edition of Maarten Baas’ Smoke! armchair produced by Moooi and dressed in Rubelli’s Les Indes Galantes fabric, a chandelier by Piet Hein Eek including textile lampshades, re-upholstered modernist armchairs by Gio Ponti and Franco Albini, a Fortuny Floor Lamp re-edited by Pallucco, and a mysterious new flock of birds by Guus Kusters & Maarten Kolk. All the works feature fabrics by Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli, Dominique Kieffer, Donghia and Rubelli – including Rubelli’s re-edition of original Gio Ponti designs.

Edelkoort feels that black resonates in today’s world, saying that, "Black is becoming the order of the night, the guardian of dark humour and the romantic troubadour of cynical songs. Whether dozing upon a daybed, draped against a male torso or piously kneeling on a gothic chair, it is all the more beautiful in black. The Rubelli family of brands is conscious of the newest societal trends exploring the austere and sometimes even surrealistic side of interior design… Design will embrace black and faux-black in every texture, for a black-on-black celebration of glorious gloom and doom, in an audacious and eccentric enactment of the night, where all is a majestic sombre monochrome of soft shadows lit by the full moon."

 

www.rubelli.com

 

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photo by sabine pigalle

photo by sabine pigalle

 

photo by sabine pigalle

photo by sabine pigalle

 

photos by sabine pigalle

photos by sabine pigalle


TALKING TEXTILES

our recommendations for the salone del mobile

Underworld, by Studio Job for Nodus Rugs

Underworld, by Studio Job for Nodus Rugs

 

As part of its commitment to sharing information about creative textiles, Trend Tablet is pleased to present its selection of several exhibitions taking place in Milan during April 2012's Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

 

This year, designers continue to explore the tactile and inspiring use of textiles. Some highlights include:
- The Romantic Rubelli Room, Lidewij Edelkoort's selection of contemporary design using Rubelli textiles at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

- Hair and Skin Human and Animal, Me and the Black Sheep, by Gruppo di Installazione in Ventura Lambrate.

- Rodrigo Almeida's first solo show, at Galleria d'Arte il Costello.

- Nodus presenting rugs by Studio Job, estudio Campana and Kiki van Eijk as well as 10 new vegetable colours in their Himalayan Collection by Bartoli Design.

- Kvadrat presenting new work by Bless and Katrin Greiling.

- Vitra presenting a limited edition of Hella Jongerius' Polder Sofa using Maharam textiles.

 

 

For a full envelope of invitations, click here

 


TALKING TEXTILES

details on the edition in Stockholm

The new edition of Talking Textiles will take place from February 3 – April 15, 2012 at the Designhall, a new venue for presenting design in Stockholm, located opposite the Konstfack University campus.

On show will be a large selection of design that uses innovative textile techniques, heralding the revival of textiles in our interiors.Here is a focus of some artists.Stay tuned for more information very soon!

www.designhall.se

 

 

KARIN AHLIN When the Rain Came (2008)

 

A textile and communication designer who views patterns as icons of reality’s surfaces composes a digital collage visualisation of her work in this animated short film.

studioahlin.se

 

BART HESS Hunt for High Tech (2010)

 

Research to create technologically-armoured skin and fur, with nature and technology blending into one in order to create a new human archetype incorporating animalistic and fetichistic instincts.

 

barthess.nl

 

GINNA LEE Visible Emotions, 2010

 

Ginna's aim is to create abstract visual manifestations of specific emotional moments or states; recreating and representing such moments through textiles in the same way that body language and facial expressions are used to represent the internal emotions of humans.

ginnalee.net

 

 

MEREL KARHOF Wind Knitting Factory (2010)

 

merelkarhof.nl


TALKING TEXTILES

Talking Textiles in Stockholm

Bidoun Sofa by Katrin Greiling

Bidoun Sofa by Katrin Greiling

Lidewij Edelkoort is proud to announce that a new edition of Talking Textiles will take place from February 3 – April 15, 2012 at the Designhall, a new venue for presenting design in Stockholm, located opposite the Konstfack University campus. On show will be a large selection of design that uses innovative textile techniques, heralding the revival of textiles in our interiors. The exhibit is part of an initiative to discuss textiles, highlighting the importance of creativity and education at a time when the global market has put many textile mills in danger of disappearing. Lidewij explains that "Talking Textiles" will expand our perception of where textiles can take us: “After a reaction to the increasingly digital landscape of our lives, a craving for tactility and dimension has led several designers to reconsider the role of fabrics once more.

The near future will see the overwhelming return of textiles in our interiors, covering floors, walls and furniture in an expansive and personal manner. These textiles will speak loud and clear and become the fabrics of life, narrating stories, designing pattern, promoting well-being and reviving the act of weaving”.

Stay tuned for more information very soon!

 

www.designhall.se

 

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Download the press release here


TALKING TEXTILES

"penelope"


Tatiana Blass "Penelope"

photos by everton ballardin

 

"Penelope", a recent exhibition by Tatiana Blass, is a storied installation. Borrowing its name from Greek myth, "Penelope" is a tribute to the power of love and the praxis of weaving.

Built to fill the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Blass has displayed a large pedal-loom at the altar. Attached is a intricately woven, red carpet that extends to the courtyard; red, to signify both power and nobility, as recounted in Greek legend.

Blass’ installation aims to connect the internal and external worlds of belief through a web of tangled wool, yet it is unclear whether the carpet is in the process of being woven or unraveled (as goes the tale of Penelope).

On the opposite side of the loom, the threads run wildly; a matrix of red yarn envelops the exterior gardens, further confounding our perception of space and place. Merging the religious with the architectural and the enigmatic, Blass is deeply interested in “the abstract.” She conceals as much as she reveals, blending complex stories with elaborate textile creations.

 

www.tatianablass.com.br

 

penelope by tatiana blass photo everton ballardin

photo by everton ballardin

penelope by tatiana blass photo everton ballardin

photo by everton ballardin


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teixidors

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When a company has a sense of purpose that goes beyond increasing its profits, that is what makes for a truly great project. Since its establishment in Barcelona (Spain)in 1983, Teixidors has been committed to generating well being for people with learning disabilities by supporting them and giving them a specialized, integrating job as manual weavers. While doing this, it has maintained the highest level of quality both in the manufacturing and the raw materials used to create their woven pieces. Those products exude a quality which can be appreciated through the sense of touch, sight and smell.The noble materials with which each piece is hand woven in the wooden looms convey a process of memory, dedication and dignity.The looms — based on the design from 19th Century models — are used to help develop coordination and psychomotor skills in people with learning difficulties.

The weavers, with their know-how, shape the products into scarves, shawls, plaids, blankets, curtains, tablecloths, towels.Only the finest materials nature can provide are used to create the range of textiles. The softness of cashmere is used to make light and sophisticated fabrics.The freshness of linen is used to create breezy textiles that promote relaxation and wellness. Elegant silk is combined with other materials to add softness and resilience. Noble Merino wool adds a rustic and warm touch. A very good example of luxury where the process and the raw materials used to make the products are environmentally and socially responsible. From Binichic.

www.binichic.com

 

www.teixidors.com

 

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an initiative curated by lidewij edelkoort

raw edges - the coiling collection 2011 - editions available at FAT Galerie, Paris

 

 

Milan, April 12 / 17, 2011, Edelkoort is promoting textile design talent at 2011’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile with "Talking Textiles".

In the innovative "Ventura Lambrate" area an exhibit features the work of recent graduates showcased. The installation brings the freshest European design talent to public attention and expand our perception of where textiles can take us.

On show at the prestigious "Spazio Gianfranco Ferré" in Via Pontaccio 21 is a large selection of design that uses interesting textile techniques, heralding the revival of textiles in our interiors.

This large space includes the latest textile-based work by Maarten Baas, BCXSY, BLESS, Bokja, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Nacho Carbonell, Kiki van Eijk, Ora-ïto for Stepevi, Studio Job in collaboration with the Audax Textielmuseum Tilburg,Hella Jongerius for Maharam, Claudy Jongstra, Dominique Kieffer for Rubelli, Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters, David Lynch in collaboration with Raphael Navot, Christien Meindertsma, Ulf Moritz for Sahco, Raw Edges, Scholten & Baijings, Inga Sempé for Moustache, and Paul Smith for Maharam, among many others.

 

"Talking Textiles" is organised by Edelkoort Exhibitions in collaboration with Rossana Orlandi and Spazio Gianfranco Ferré, with sponsorship courtesy of Cerruti Baleri, ComON, Kvadrat, Loro Piana Interiors, Maharam and Ratti division b. Cocktails are provided by Campari. The graduate designers are supported by British Fashion Council, Mohair South Africa, Skillset, Texprint and UK Fashion & Textile .

 

To down load the press kit click on the links :

 

General information

 

Press Release in english and italian

Curator's statement

 

List of works

 

 

For images of the exhibition at "Spazio Gianfranco Ferré"

 

Part one "Spazio Gianfranco Ferré"

 

Part two "Spazio Gianfranco Ferré"

 

In Situ "Spazio Gianfranco Ferré" Part one

 

In Situ "Spazio Gianfranco Ferré" Part two

 

For images of the exhibition in "Ventura Lambrate"

 

Part one "Ventura Lambrate"

 

Part two "Ventura Lambrate"

 

In Situ "Ventura Lambrate" part one

 

In Situ "Ventura Lambrate" part two

 

In Situ "Ventura Lambrate" part three

 

 

 



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2011-06-22 01:00:31
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2011-06-22 01:00:28
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2011-06-08 01:56:44
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dana | yellowtrace blog. says :
2011-05-25 08:56:35
Thank you so much for bringing us this wonderful exhibition. It was definitely one of my personal favourite moments in Milan this year. http://yellowtrace.com.au/blog/2011/05/25/talking-textiles-an-initiative-curated-by-lidewij-edelkoort-milan-2011/


TALKING TEXTILES

a series of interviews

During Talking Textiles in Milan , a series of interviews was made by charlotte bjorklund.

 

 

 

 

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

a guided tour of the exhibition with lidewij edelkoort

We are happy to present you an interview given in Milan , enjoy the visit!

 

 

an interview for DOMUS

 


Сonvert m4a to mp3 free says :
2011-05-01 14:21:00
Thank you very much for that great article
wma to mp3 says :
2011-04-29 19:08:55
Thank you very much for that excellent article


TALKING TEXTILES

Spazio Gianfranco Ferré

photo raphael navot

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo raphael navot

 

 

 

photo raphael navot

 

photo raphael navot


TALKING TEXTILES

emilie pallard

 

Interested in dissecting the moment, Pallard has created a series of Domestic Disguises to interact with the interior. Longue Vue is a lamp design that allows the user to encapsulate light,seeing cosmic light planes when looking into it, and doubling as a

vantage point from which to spy.  These ghost-like, ephemeral silhouettes envelop us like a chadoor, veiling away the world so we can concentrate and contemplate.

 

(France) Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands

 

www.emiliepallard.com

 

 

longue vue 2009


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laduma ngxokolo

 

 

The maturing of young men is an important part of Xhosa culture; marked by traditional events to which boys commonly wear geometric knitwear in styles imported from the West.  Determined to create a series of motifs that would better reflect his true identity,

Ngxokolo has created an award-winning collection of knits inspired by the colours and shapes of Xhosa beadwork, now resonating with overwhelming success amongst his contemporaries.

 

 

(South Africa) Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

s207021721@live.nmmu.ac.za

 

 

 

inspired menswear 2010


helene magnusson says :
2011-06-30 17:33:16
Beautiful! Hélène Magnússon, The Icelandic Knitter The Spring Issue 03 is out ! NEW: Knitting tour in the magical Icelandic night, November 3-7, 2011 icelandicknitter.com


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freya godwin-brown

 

By studying the empty skeletons of buildings under construction across the Shanghai skyline, Godwin-Brown was inspired to develop sculptural textile installations that

incorporate several unconventional medias.  The result is a weighty still life of solid forms made up of various tactilities.

 

(Australia) Chelsea College of Art & Design (London), England

freya.gb@googlemail.com

 

 

rocks 2010


TALKING TEXTILES

ruth duff

 

 

Duff has explored the use of discharge printing to enhance hand-woven fabrics for interiors; screen printing onto the fabric once it is off loom or printing

onto the warp before weaving to create a comtemporary ikat effect.

 

(Scotland) Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

 

rd72@hw.ac.uk

Article on Ruth's work

 

textiles 2011


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laura mcpherson

 

Experiments with tube knitting create a whirlwind impression of line and colour, mixing

silk, viscose, Lycra and plastic.

 

Royal College of Art, England

 

laura.mcpherson@network.rca.ac.uk

 

 

3 dimensional tube piece 2009


momochii says :
2011-05-04 08:23:09
Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!


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lynn tandler

 

On a quest to redefine conventional ideas about textiles, Tandler was inspired by blacksmith techniques to surprisingly transform alloys such as copper and tinned copper

into a malleable draping cloth suitable for upholstery and even fashion.   The textile’s structure is derived from cotton threads and a specially-developed weaving technique to support its metallic wires.

 

(Israel) Royal College of Art, England

 

 

http://www.lynntandler.com/cat.html

 

taking a blacksmithing approach to textiles 2010


TALKING TEXTILES

bethan silverwood

 

In a graphic collection derived from of a wide range of inspirations, Silverwood has abstracted the motifs of military insignia into a geometric vocabulary, informing layered

treatments onto wool.

 

(Britain) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, England

 

 

bethansilverwood@live.co.uk

 

 

printed and embroidered black wool dress


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jenny postle

 

In a riot of patchwork, haberdashery, embroidery and crochet, Postle’s graduation collection is an intricate reflection of today’s multi-faceted culture; these exotic

millennial silhouettes are colourful and complex compositions that ignite the kind of dynamism that can establish our contemporary folklore.

 

(Britain) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, England

 

jennypostle@gmail.com

 

 

graduation collection 2010


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lenneke langenhuijsen

 

Having investigated the roots of producing textiles from bark in Tonga, Langenhuijsen experimented with wooden textiles by using lazer cutting, shaping, pleating, embroidery,

washing, printing and colouring; developing an innovative collection of versatile interior textiles that can even be washed at 60 degrees.

 

(the Netherlands) Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands

 

 

www.lennekelangenhuijsen.com

 

 

 

 

wooden textiles 2010

 


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garance echazarreta

 

Inspired by the forms of haystacks, a mound of polyurethane tubes are tamed to become The Beast, a recluse in which to hide and be protected; one’s interactive presence helping it come to life.  Constantly on the hunt for new tactilities,

Echazaretta’s tests and interventions indicate a future where materials will have body, grit and guts.

 

(Chile / France) Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands

 

 

www.garancee.com

 

 

the beast 2010


Anna says :
2011-04-18 15:41:56
It makes me think about the Groke or the Buka (Polish version) from the Moomins... who was freezing everything around her, hovwever, paradoxally, she was in a constant quest for the warmth...


TALKING TEXTILES

lærke hooge andersen

 

A conceptual approach to considering new materials has led to the exploration of biotechnology, sustainability and synthetic biology; tactile propositions that include

the use of fur, hair and hide, harking back to a more primal source while inspiring the fabrics of the future.

 

(Denmark) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, England

 

 

www.laerkehoogeandersen.com

 

 

urban masai


TALKING TEXTILES

elaine ng yan ling

 

Embedding technology into the design process for materials, Ng has incorporated memory shape alloys and polymers into botanic motifs that mimic the movements in nature when reacting to electromagnetic energy.

Reaching out to the frontiers where science and design will connect, the architecture of textile offers an exciting glimpse of the future.

 

(Britain) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, England

 

www.elaineyanlingng.com

 

 

 

the flapper


TALKING TEXTILES

jrumchai singalavanij

 

By recuperating scrap pieces of yarn, this Thai designer proposes a tactile collection

of fibrous organisms to mushroom throughout our interiors.

 

(Thailand) Royal College of Art, England

j.singalavanij@network.rca.ac.uk

 

 

 

pumkins 2010


TALKING TEXTILES

jy yeon suh

 

A concept for light-weight flat-pack textile homeware, becoming playful lamps and stools once inflated.

This amusing collection of products is at once naïve and utilitarian.

 

 

(Korea) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, England

zyoen@hotmail.com

 

 

bojaki 2011


TALKING TEXTILES

grace du prez

 

Du Prez interweaves hair, hide and other materials to create a raw interpretation of furniture and accessories.

Unexpected injections of colour introduce an almos tribal sense of folklore to her definitely hip idiom.

 

(Britain) Royal College of Art, England

www.graceduprez.co.uk

 

 


Anna says :
2011-04-18 16:00:18
so beautiful... it emanates softness, some ephemeral subtlety and at the same time, it keeps some inflexible, eternal force.


TALKING TEXTILES

collette paterson

 

By developing an innovative technique to fuse latex and wool, Paterson creates organic shapes that sprawl like growing organisms, reefs and seed pods : garlands

of contemporary matter that are coloured in vegetal greens, deep sea darks and coral brights.

 

(Scotland) Royal College of Art, England

www.collettepaterson.com

 

 

 

pathways 2011


TALKING TEXTILES

ella robinson

 

Inspired by the Brighton coastline on which she grew up, like a true beachcomber, Robinson collects interesting driftwood elements upon which she incorporates brightly-coloured haberdashery to reflect the contemporary urban condition.

Balanced by the wood’s natural presence, her graphic totems and planks are studied compositions of optimistic colour.

 

(Britain) Royal College of Art, England

 

www.ellarobinson.com

 

 

spining turttle

hugh


TALKING TEXTILES

jane bowler

 

Bowler’s designs demonstrate that sustainability and desirability are not incompatible; that sustainable design can be turned into appealing consumer products. She brings longevity to her materials, which come from a London

post-use scrap facility transforming plastics from old bath mats and shower curtains into luxurious, beautiful textile pieces.

 

(Britain) Royal College of Art, England

 

www.janebowler.co.uk

 

blue fringed raincoat 2010 - photo by joanne warren


TALKING TEXTILES

randi grønnerød huseby

 

Investigating unique treatments to materials, craft techniques and the use of

natural ingredients, a Scandinavian sensibility informs this ecologically-minded collection of textiles.

 

(Norway) Nottingham Trent University, England

 

randi.huseby2010@my.ntu.ac.uk

 

 

organic structures 2011


TALKING TEXTILES

banke kuku

 

 

The dialogue between a life in Britain and roots in West Africa has resulted in this designer creating an interesting collection of optical weaves.

A vibrant visual language where north meets south, linked to the irin ajo weaving tradition.

 

(Nigeria / Britain) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, England

 

bankekuku@googlemail.com

 

 

hangings 2010


TALKING TEXTILES

wendy marchbanks

Navigating a unique terrain where childhood memories merge with surreal stories and sophisticated colour palettes, Marchbanks’ work has evolved from her reflection on childhood and a longing to nurture and cherish her imagination. Her compositions “aim to capture the nostalgic feeling of being told a story as a child,

yet they have no fixed narrative. Instead they work as ingredients, the imagery floats on the page, allowing the viewer to assemble their own story.”

 

(Britain) Royal College of Art, England

 

 

www.wendymarchbanks.co.uk

 

 

multi tree fabric 2009

 

 

 


TALKING TEXTILES

marie paysant-le roux

Bridging the frontiers of landscape, memory and culture, Paysant-Le Roux explores the way biology and botany can be translated into poetic textile concepts.  Incorporating

craft and even performance, her intimate works are like design haikus that illustrate where biomimicry and the handmade will meet.

 

(France) Royal College of Art, England

http://mariepaysant-leroux.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

movements blocked in ice 2011

mountains? 2011

 

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Bertha says :
2011-05-20 17:20:19
Thanks for srahing. What a pleasure to read!