Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Graduate Alum Hyunsoo "Alice" Kim Solo Exhibit

Hyunsoo "Alice" Kim, an alum of the Textile Design M.S. program, has just completed a solo exhibition of her work at the Korea Craft & Design Foundation Gallery in Seoul, Korea.  The show entitled "Backwards" highlights a collection based on Antonio Gaudi's philosophy. "The straight line belongs to man, the curved to god."  Through techniques such as weaving, knitting and 3D printing, Alice combined straight lines and curves into each work.  Congratulations to Alice!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fashion and Textile Career Discovery Workshop

The Textile Design, Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising and Management programs hosted a career discovery workshop for interested prospective students June 23-26, 2014.  Workshop participants were engaged in a fast-paced week of design research, fashion sketching, weaving, knitting, printing, draping and marketing.  The students created a wonderful range of textiles and fashions.  See below for images from the week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sunbrella--The Next 20 Years

PhilaU students in Textile Design, Textile Engineering and Industrial Design participated in a semester-long design project sponsored by Glen Raven, Inc. and Sunbury Textile Mills.  The students were challenged to envision the next 20 years of the Sunbrella brand.  Students created textiles for a wide-range of end uses for this brand, the leader in outdoor furnishings.  Top prizes went to:  Kailey Smith, first place; Emily Weiss, second place; Xue "Susan" Sun, third place; and Mary Armacost, first honorable mention.  In addition to cash prizes, all four students will tour the Sunbury Textile Mill, in Sunbury, PA.  Kailey also has been invited to Highpoint, NC for the Showtime Market.
Congratulations to the winning students, and to all participants!
Emily Weiss, Kailey Smith, Mary Armacost and Xue "Susan" Sun; photo courtesy of Samuel Pawlak

Installation of Sunbrella-The Next 20 Years; photo courtesy of Samuel Pawlak


Sunday, May 4, 2014

ITMA Virginia Jackson Design Competition Winners

Three PhilaU Textile Design students took top honors in the 2014 International Textile Market Association Virginia Jackson Design Competition.  This competition is to design textiles for residential home furnishings.  Congratulations to: Elizabeth Esry (M.S. '14) for her 1st Place Award in the Jacquard category, Marah Light (B.S. '14) for the 2nd Place Award in Jacquards, and Xiaoji Wu (M.S. '15) for her Honorable Mention in the Print category.  Congratulations to all!!
Elizabeth Esry's 1st Place winning entry in Jacquard

Marah Light's 2nd Place winning entry in Jacquard.

Xiaoji Wu's Honorable Mention in Print.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

M.S. Textile Design Exhibition 2014

PhilaU Textile Designers travel to West Africa!

As part of the spring break short courses offered in the textile design program, several of our students and faculty traveled to West Africa to look at and learn about traditional textiles. We caught up with Sam and Mary after the trip to hear about their experiences.

How did you spend your spring break?
Sam: We traveled to West Africa, Senegal and Burkina Faso, to study textiles!

What was the focus of the trip and what were some of the stops on the itinerary?
Sam: The focus of the trip was West African textiles. In Senegal we went to the HLM textile market, Mandiack weaving cooperative and visited fashion designers Claire Kane and Mame Fagueye Ba.
In Burkina Faso we visited master weavers, traditional indigo dye pits, rug weaving studio, and a granite sculpture garden.

MaryAfrican Textiles.  We got to visit weaving cooperatives, indigo dye village and african designers

What surprised you the most?
Sam: The heat in Burkina Faso!

MaryEveryone was so welcoming, happy we were there and wanted to share with us.

What experience and knowledge will you take back to Philadelphia with you?
Sam: During the entire trip there was an attention to detail and focus on hand made goods, which is something that is often overlooked in our society. We tend to constantly be looking forward at new technologies, and trying to figure out ways to do things faster. And while that is all well and good, art is about the process. As textile designers we should be able to take the time to enjoy what it is we are doing. In West Africa you can see the love in every piece of cloth, you can see that the weavers leave a little piece of themselves in each piece.

Mary: A better knowledge of what we use, and consideration for how our actions affect other countries. I think I will be a more conscious consumer and designer

How has this influenced your understanding of textile design, craft, or techniques, in a global sense?
Sam: We learned a lot about the negative effects that imported fabrics from China and India have had on Western Africa and how much of the hand craft was being lost. There are groups working now to revitalize the craft industry amoung the natives, teaching them the hand spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques that they all once knew prior to relying on imports.

MaryI have a better understanding of some african cultures and want to learn more.  I want to be able to incorporate some of their ideas into my work.  I think I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the craft of weaving and its history.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Textile Design student Interns at Glen Raven, Inc.

Textile Design undergrad student Emily Pappa returned from a semester abroad and immediately dove into an internship at Glen Raven, Inc.  Emily secured the North Carolina-based position via Skype interviews while studying in London.  Here are  Emily's thoughts on the early days of her internship:

Interning at Glen Raven Inc.

Finding internships is a daunting (albeit necessary) process, and Philadelphia provides some great resources to make that process easier. I am currently interning with Glen Raven, a fabric manufacturing and marketing company in North Carolina. I work in the companies Concept Gallery, an archive/gallery space that acts as a supplement to Glen Raven and the companies it works with, to promote innovation and creativity. I work with the Concept Gallery Team to create exhibits, curate the Gallery Space, and explore what is new and innovative in the Textile Design industry.


We are simultaneously working on a few different projects at any time, so each day of my internship is different. One day I might be creating a workbook to use when planning for an exhibit or collaboration, the next, brainstorming for a "Design Challenge" collaboration between Glen Raven and a local university. Interning has given me a real look at the actual textile industry, as well as a clear picture of the transition between college and a career. As much as we learn in our classes, there is no replacement for the experience of actually being in a working thriving environment, and being able to create and share ideas in a company is awesome. Internships are a great learning experience, and are a benefit for you as a designer, as well as for your resume.