By Pao­la Ca­ri­ma­ti

Tex­ti­le pri­de — p. 93

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - Inside/Design -

Li Edel­koort is laun­ching the New York Tex­ti­le Mon­th: a ci­ty­wi­de fe­sti­val to rai­se in­te­re­st in tex­ti­les. A jour­ney th­rou­gh the hi­sto­ry of her re­sear­ch- dri­ven vir­tuous re­la­tion­ship wi­th ar­chi­tec­tu­re, art, de­si­gn and fa­shion Ac­cor­ding to Li Edel­koort, a fabric “is a kind of so­cio­lo­gi­cal DNA whi­ch ena­bles us to fo­re­see whe­re so­cie­ty is hea­ding and what will mo­ti­va­te peo­ple in the fu­tu­re”. Pe­rhaps it is al­so for this very rea­son that she has cho­sen to cu­ra­te the fir­st edi­tion of the New York Tex­ti­le Mon­th. For the en­ti­re mon­th of Sep­tem­ber, The New School: The Par­sons School of De­si­gn and the Coo­per Hewitt Smi­th­so­nian De­si­gn Mu­seum ha­ve de­ci­ded to ce­le­bra­te the crea­ti­ve po­ten­tial of this ma­te­rial by ho­sting a se­ries of even­ts th­rou­ghout the ci­ty. “The aim of the Fe­sti­val is to un­der­stand how to help this sec­tor sur­vi­ve”. Al­thou­gh it has ac­tual­ly sur­vi­ved the eco­no­mic col­lap­se, it is still strug­gling. “On one hand, tex­ti­les are ma­king a co­me­back in in­te­riors as a reac­tion to the mi­ni­ma­li­st trend whi­ch was in vo­gue in the 1990s. On the other hand, as re­gards clo­thing, this re­turn is seen as a re­spon­se to in­crea­sin­gly ram­pant stan­dar­di­sa­tion”. Ho­we­ver, we now cra­ve to ex­plo­re rea­li­ty by tou­ch, whi­ch has brought about a re­mar­ka­ble tex­ti­le re­vi­val wi­thin the world of art and de­si­gn. “It is ne­ces­sa­ry to re- de­si­gn a uni­ver­si­ty cour­se for this di­sci­pli­ne. We can in­no­va­te by crea­ting a sym­bio­sis bet­ween bio­lo­gy and tech­no­lo­gy, de­ve­lo­ping new yarns and 3D- prin­ting, wel­ding or ul­tra­sound tech­ni­ques”. In other words, it’s ano­ther way of say­ing: look beyond. www. tex­ti­le­mon­th. nyc

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