If the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York City has been looking a little disordered of late, rest assured, it’s for a good cause. From now through Sunday, the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries will serve as a pop-up incubator for The New School’s Parsons School for Design, complete with an industrial sewing machine, portable loom, knitting machine, and myriad handcrafting tools. The focus of the workshop? Ethical manufacturing. Students and faculty will be using repurposed Eileen Fisher clothing from the label’s “Green Eileen” take-back program, along with locally sourced, naturally dyed fiber and leather materials, to develop new ways of diverting textiles from the landfill.
Members of the public are invited to partake in select sessions, led by students, faculty, and members from the local business, as well as observe the design and sampling process. Participating companies include Pergamena Leather Tannery, Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool Company, Catskill Merino, and the Buckwheat Bridge Angora Solar and Wind Powered Fiber Mill.
“Through this workshop series and exhibition, we explore the interplay between local production and industrial manufacturing,” says Laura Sansone, part-time assistant professor of design at Parsons and the program’s curator. “The work generated and exhibited in the galleries investigates the way textile and clothing production can play a role in fostering the socioeconomic wellbeing of communities and the environment.”
We can’t wait to see the results.