Monday, April 25, 2016

2016 Philadelphia University Fashion Show on WWD!

A collaboration between Huyen Doan (fashion design) and Megan Kohl (textile design)
Cassie O'Toole (fashion design) collaborated with Katherine Burghart, Sarah Mersky, Huanlin Wang, and Valerie Gibbons for this collection!

A record number of collaborations between fashion and textile designers this year is highlighted on Women's Wear Daily's blog!

See the article and the slideshow here!

A collaboration between Sierra Rocco ( fashion design) and Ananya Bevinakatti (textile design)

A collaboration between Maria D'Agostino (fashion design) and Becky Flax (textile design)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


It's that time of year again!

Are you interested in what a career in Textiles has to offer? Are you/ a friend/ a student interested in working with your hand and love to know how things are made? Textiles are all around and make up most things. Come see how these wonder materials are made with HANDS-ON experience!

Please contact for more info and to apply as soon as possible!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Textiles and Fungi! The Foragers: Art Gallery Opening at the Schuylkill Center

Thursday, January 28th from 6-8pm at the Schuylkill Center!
an exploration of wild mushrooms in photography and crochet

On display will be the work of husband and wife duo, Melissa Maddonni Haims and Josh Haims. "Josh’s photographs and Melissa’s crocheted yarn sculptures investigate the experience of immersion in the forest and nature’s ability to create something beautiful out of almost nothing."

Here is a link to the Schuylkill Center's Page: Link

If you are interested in learning more about crocheting mushrooms and Melissa's passion for biomimicry, check out her workshop on Saturday, February 20th from 2pm-4pm!

Here is a link to the workshop page: Link

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Charter High School of Architecture and Design Competition with Philadelphia University

Student work on the jacquard loom!
The Charter High School of Architecture and Design in Philadelphia collaborated with Philadelphia University to understand the value of design repeat. 

Students in Heather Durkee's junior classes participated in a competition to create designs in repeat inspired by the 1960s aesthetic. 

Five students works were chosen to be woven on the jacquard loom. 
Jacquard winners from left to right: Ranee Fowler, Wilson Reyes, Jhade Gales, Michael Harvey, and Raheem Williams.

Five students works were chosen to be digitally printed on the dyesub printer. A printing process used to print on synthetic fibers. 
Digital Print winners from left to right: Ara Carter, David Taylor, Stefon Jackson, Taylor Hall, and Sajou Saccou. 
The winning students also received a tour of the PhilaU textile studios and of Hayward Hall. 

A special congratulations to David Taylor on his special recognition from CHAD! He received the best in show honors at the biannual student show for his outstanding repeat pattern work, fashion illustrations, and graphic design work. 

It was a great experience for all and we cannot wait to see what amazing things these students create from their custom fabrics!
From left to right: Tara Capobianco, Ranee Fowler, Raheem Williams, Michael Harvey, Ara Carter, Sajou Saccou, Heather Durkee, and Wilson Reyes. Seated in front left to right: Stefon Jackson, David Taylor, Jhade Gales, and Taylor Hall.
Having fun with all the new fabrics!

Thank you so much to Marcia Weiss, Marcella Martin, Heather Durkee, Tara Capobianco and all of the wonderful students from CHAD.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

December 9th, Textile Alumni Mary Sheaffer shows off at Holiday RAWk

Mary graduated in May of 2015 with a degree in textiles and is now working at Duralee Fabrics in Manhattan. She finds inspiration in travel, nature and music and never misses the opportunity to create!

Her work is visceral, colorful, and exciting! If you are in Philly looking for gifts or just wanting to see excellent art in the city...
A link to Mary's work for RAWk
Mary's PhilaU design portfolio
Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00PM tickets are $20 at the door and $15 presale. at the Trocadero Theater: 1003 Arch Street

Friday, December 4, 2015

Graduate Show Fall 2015 OPENS TONIGHT!

If you are ready to see amazing textile creations from print graduates: Andrea Mata, Lyndsay Bakich, Laura Benvenuto, and Jenn Biggs; knit masterpieces by Page St. Clair and collections of wonder from undergrads Brett Udovich and Lauren Malay?! Philadelphia University Paley Design Center is the place to make it happen.

The opening is tonight, Friday, December 4th from 4pm-8pm. If you are unable to attend this evening, the design center is open by appointment Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and the show installed until December 11th. Please email

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nike Visit Inspires!

Jay Meschter, Vice President of Innovation Exploration, of Nike's innovation kitchen visited Philadelphia University today to speak about design and exploration. Providing case studies and speaking to students about successes and missed opportunities in innovation, Jay inspired students from architecture, engineering, industrial design, and textile design to think beyond the boundaries of their disciplines. The end of the fall term was the perfect time to re-ignite the students fire for making! We expect great collaborations between these groups as we move forward.
Nike as a brand is identifiable. It is edgy and irreverent.
Like a concert pianist playing with an oven mitt, if design is not crafted and pushed to meet the needs of its end user it is bulky and inefficient. Nike strives and pushes to make each application, fit like a glove. 
Sharing ways the team works to solve problems and create to meet the needs of the athletes they serve. Materials and their textile components are key to creating products that are successful. 

Each piece is meaningful. And cut and sew production is no longer the key to great design. Innovation in textile production, in no waste knit technology is at the forefront of the push for shoe engineering. 
Jay with Lyn Godley of Industrial Design and Marcia Weiss of Textile Design
Find out more about the innovation at Nike at