Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Langhorne Carpet Company Weaves Rugs for Papal Visit and PhilaU Intern Helps!

From Langhorne Carpet Company's website is the following press release:
Philadelphia, PA (September 10, 2015) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015today announced that Langhorne Carpet Company is weaving and will donate three custom carpets to be used during the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia on September 26 and 27. 
Under its long established ‘Carpets of Caring’ philanthropic program, the family-owned, 85-year-old Penndel, Bucks County-based textile company is weaving the Jacquard Wilton 100% organic wool carpets on its treasured Delaware County-manufactured “broad looms” for use during this historic occasion.Based on Langhorne’s original “Medallion of Hope” design, the 75’ x 9’ carpet will be rolled out and used during the Holy Father’s arrival and departure at Atlantic Aviation and the other two room accent carpets will be used inside the rectory of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.  Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on September 26.
The Airport carpet, presented in Cardinal Red and Gothic Gold, features the decorative medallion border inspired by a section of the Cathedral Basilica’s stained glass windows. It requires nearly 191,000 yards of yarn (more than 100 miles) and will consist of more than one million individual woven loops. The carpets in the Cathedral rectory will feature the same signature medallion motif with the repeating six-inch diameter medallions.Langhorne’s in-house design team is led by company President William H. Morrow and includes Lead Designer Andrea Perlman and Design Assistant Lydia Whitford. Ms. Perlman is a 1977 graduate of Philadelphia University, from which Ms. Whitford will graduate in 2016.
 “We are honored to represent the greater Philadelphia region and the global wool textile community in weaving these distinctive, uplifting carpets for the Papal visit,” said Mr. William H. Morrow, President of Langhorne Carpet Company. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity presented by the World Meeting of Families and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to participate in this profoundly important event." 
Co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families is a triennial global event that seeks to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe and highlight its intrinsic value to the good of society. This international gathering will welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the first time in his Papacy. Being held in the United States for the first time ever, the official theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is “Love is OurMission: The Family Fully Alive.”.
See more from Langhorne Carpet Company at Langhorne Carpets

Lydia Whitford, a Philadelphia University student is currently interning at Langhorne Carpet Company and had the opportunity to work on this amazing project!

Here are some photos in anticipation of the Pope's visit.
Lydia Whitford and PhilaU alum Andrea Perlman working on "Medallion of Hope"
The Weaving Begins!
The creel of cones of yarn used in this carpet
The carpet coming off loom.

Finished "Medallion of Hope" Design. 
Red colorway of "Medallion of Hope" being rolled out.

Lydia Whitford and Andrea Perlman

Andrea Perlman discussing the beauty of the Medallion Design. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Study Abroad Experience: Donghua University, Shanghai China

Sam Fletcher did a short study abroad course at Donghua University in Shanghai. This is a photo essay of her time there!
Donghua University Campus
Donghua University Campus

Delicious dumpling lunch at Nanxiang ancient town
One of my favorite sweet treats in the campus cafeteria. Looks like a mozzarella stick but tasted like funnel cake!
We all worked in teams to design our own qipao. This is my team and I with our final design!
We visited a qipao shop in Shanghai, Leaves Fashion. Every garment is handmade by the finest silk in China.
A few of the girls tried on some of the Leaves fashion pieces. 
A textile find from the Shanghai Museum 

Another textile find from the Shanghai Muesum.

One more textile find from the Shanghai Muesum.

The beautiful Shanghai skyline at night.

Video of the jacquard card loom.
Beautiful sculptures at the Glass Museum

Beautiful sculptures at the Glass Museum

Beautiful sculptures at the Glass Museum

The beautiful Shanghai skyline at night.
Shanghai power station art museum
Shanghai power station art museum
The modern toilet restaurant!
The shopping malls in Shanghai were all so unique!

Some photos from the Shanghai Sculpture Space
Here are some shots from M50. We got to see some graffiti artists at work that day! 

The entire study abroad group on our final day!

Thank you so much Sam!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tell Us About Your Internship, Kayla Jagusch

Kayla with two of her fellow interns at DKNY

Kayla took a moment to talk to us about her internship at DKNY this summer.

1.                  Where did you work and what type of textile products do they make/handle? 

This summer I worked as a design & sweaters intern for DKNY and DKNY Pure (Ready To Wear) in New York City. The company works with garments and accessories within the fashion industry.

2.                  Describe a typical day at your internship.

There really wasn’t a typical day at my internship this summer. Each day was so different from the next, which kept me on my toes. While working in the design department there would be some days where I would help the designers with print work development, fittings, and handle in/outgoing garments. While working in the sweater room my responsibilities shifted more towards knitting samples, handling spec sheets, and knit downs for production.

Kayla and two interns met Miss America (second from the right), while volunteering at the OCFR Super Saturday. This is an event in the Hamptons which donates all proceeds to ovarian cancer research foundations.

3.                  Is there something about the internship/industry/company that surprised you?

I think the only things that really surprised me were the great opportunities that this company has to offer. They are so excited for their interns to be hands on and grow within the company/fashion industry. DKNY was so open to teaching their interns about networking, teamwork interaction, building your resume, and creating an identity within the office.

4.                  How do you anticipate this internship experience impacting your work at PhilaU?

My overall experience at my internship will only impact my work at Philadelphia University in a positive way. I am so inspired to create new concepts and textiles that reflect my skills I have obtained. This internship has really set my goals high for school, work, and my future career decisions.  The impact of this internship has really made me curious and interested to learn more about the industry and what it has to offer. There is always room to grow as a designer, and this internship was the biggest and most rewarding stepping stone.  

Kayla and her sister, a current employee at DKNY, at the intern goodbye lunch. 
Thank you so much Kayla!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome Back Meg! Textile Design Student Reflects on time at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand

- I am in a shipping container swing here. Wellington is so cool, that they have all these shipping containers everywhere around the city! Coffee shops, performances, swings, literally anything could be happening in a shipping container! You just need to find them around the city, and there is always something fun to do with them!
After spending the spring term in "Windy Wellington" at Massey University, Meg Onuskanych spent a few moments reflecting about her experience.

The first picture is of me ay Massey University. This is at the back of the building where the textile department is located. (in an old museum!)
1. What courses did you take?

I took, a Wallcoverings/Wallpaper course, Textile Materials, Embroidery, and then a           Communications class to fill a general credit.
This is one of the wallpapers that I did while at Massey. It had to be textured, so I used the embroidery skills I had learned to make one of my wallpapers textured. 
2. What was the workload like for those courses?

The intensity of work at Massey was much different from past classes I've experienced at PhilaU. It was definitely more concept based. Starting with one idea at the beginning of the semester, and just developing upon that the whole time. Basically, there wasn't really a time that I ever felt overwhelmed.

This is one of the projects that I did for embroidery. The embroidery was influenced from 1900 embroidery of Lady Cory. We got to look at her work first hand, on reserve at New Zealand national museum, Te Papa. It was a very cool project, and we got to learn a lot about the history of Lady Cory, who I otherwise would have never known about!

3. How were the classes structured similarly/differently compared to classes at PhilaU?

I would say the way in which they developed the single project that was assigned for the whole semester. For each of my design classes, they wanted to see where the idea developed from, how you planned to execute it, actually execute it, change it, develop it, and then finish with something that became more specific and intriguing than your original idea.

4. How has this experience changed your perspective as a designer?

I definitely think that it is cool to see how people are doing design work other places, and being there first hand. A lot of the textile girls were influenced by faces, and you could see how their own color choices and handwork made it their own, even though they all had similarities.  

5. What surprised you about your learning experience in New Zealand?

A lot of times I would be in studio and be thinking, "Wait, what am I supposed to be doing right now?" That was because I was used to working at a fast pace at PhilaU, but there would be multiple classes spent on just one small aspect of a project.

6. How do you expect your experience in New Zealand will impact your work?

Well, since I think I am now destined to live in Wellington, I think all the culturally rich parts of the city will influence me in my work, but also just how I go about everyday life now too. 
Here is a selfie that I took when swimming with wild dolphins!! So cool! and the coolest part is that PhilaU uses the most amazing company, IFSAButler to help you acquaint yourself with New Zealand. The best part is you get to hang with their amazing advisors and go on free trips and dinner. Seriously the best company ever!
The next image is when I went to Homegrown, one of the largest music festivals in NZ. It was right in Wellington, and it was awesome to see some bands that were from NZ. I actually saw many of the artists around Welly after seeing them play there!
I was visiting Fran Josef Glacier here. Really cool, and also just a fun little hike on the way up to check it out. High-fiving the cardboard cutout of a Park Ranger. 

Here is a picture, of what I loved to do for fun in NZ! Hiking!! I am a very outdoorsy person, so being in NZ gave me opportunity to hike as much as possible. Even if it was a causal outing, the hiking and and any outdoor activity was amazing there! I am on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing here with come friends. 

Textile Students win First Prize in 2015 Fabric Graphics Competition

Winning textile by Sarah McMahon and Sarah Haas
Sarah McMahon, M.S. Textile Design and Sarah Haas, M.S. Textile Engineering were recently awarded first place in the 2015 Fabric Graphics Student Design Challenge.  Their submission, entitled ‘Antimicrobial Artwork,’ brought together functionality and aesthetics to textiles.  In their research, they found that  healthcare-acquired infections are an ever-growing problem that hospitals face, regardless of the socioeconomic status of the country. Textiles imbued with antimicrobial characteristics are being sought for their ability to kill and/or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. We found that both tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil, combined with a binding agent, inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium well known to cause healthcare-acquired infections. “

In looking for an end-use, textiles with antimicrobial finishes currently exist in hospitals in the form of separating curtains and chair coverings.  Colorful artwork is already on display in children’s hospitals, but serves an aesthetic purpose. The design is unique in that the two elements of function and design are combined into one product to serve both the antimicrobial and aesthetic needs in the children’s hospital setting.  Adding art is an essential element to this product because the end goal is to brighten a space that often has a negative connotation.

“We're so honored with the recognition and are excited to travel to Anaheim to present our work.”

Congratulations to Sarah and Sarah upon this well deserved award.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Textile Design bringing a Brighter Future: Abeer Seikaly, Weaving a Home

Photo by Abeer Seikaly,
You can see her inspiration from snake skin and weaving in the construction of these tents
A mobile living space that folds easy for transport, collects rainwater and solar energy, and is 4 season capable? It seems like an impossible dream, but for Abeer Seikaly, a mission she has made a reality. 

Since graduating from RISD in 2002, Seikaly has worked with organizations worldwide to bring innovation and beauty to the realms of architecture, textiles, fashion, and art. 

Photo by: Abeer Seikaly, energy stored from solar panels allows for illumination at night

Follow this link to One Million Women's website to read about this incredible textile innovation!
This link will take you to Abeer Seikaly's website to see her other inspiring works.