Over the next month we are excited to explore all things FABRIC(ATION) leading up to our upcoming DELVE Networking event on January 24th at Textile Arts Center. This is one not to miss. (Get tickets here if you haven't already!) Here is the whole scoop about what we will be exploring together.
There are many different ways to think about the word "fabrication" and it's meaning. We are particularly interested in the intricacy and materials-focused components of a creative process when applied to art, architecture, and design projects and products. And let's not forget to highlight fabric: embroidering, dying, sewing, fashion, weaving, printing, knitting, salvaging, reusing, repurposing, designing, felting, cutting.
Our community is full of makers, and this is the core of our event: bringing together artists, artisans, crafters, architects, designers, and fabrication fanatics from all fields and disciplines to explore what it means to MAKE. Over the coming month we will highlight the relationships between methods and the projects surrounding modes of fabrication on our Pinterest board, Facebook and Twitter. Join in the conversation (#delvefabrication) and share what fabric(ation) means to you.
Why are we incredibly excited to host our event at the Textile Arts Center?
Because they are a unique "resource facility providing many opportunities for people to engage with textiles and fiber techniques in an accessible, inspiring way." They have a Resource Library, work with artisans on hand dyeing, weaving, printing methods, machine knitting and textile conservation, and are dedicated to creating natural dyes through their Sewing Seeds program. Plus they offer an amazing Artist in Residence Program that allows artists and designers to work with access to unparalleled resources.
WHO: FIYEL LEVENT AND ANNIE COGGAN
We are thrilled to have two amazing speakers lined up that will kick off the January DELVE event, Annie Coggan and Fiyel Levent.
Fiyel Levent was born and raised in New York and holds a Bachelor in Architecture from The Cooper Union and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She's worked in the capacity of architect (ranging from ground-up buildings to apartment renovations) to experiments in architecture, art, product design and interior design.
In 2009, Fiyel Levent launched her own studio, The Atelier, exhibiting work at various galleries that drew inspiration from her interest in Central Asian and Islamic Architecture. By using the simplest of materials such as paper and wood, to more complex materials such as Corian and recycled Polyethylene, many of her designs involve combining and reinterpreting traditional forms with contemporary fabrication techniques. She aims to design and build custom architectural installations which achieve something close to the sublime in their relationship to light.
In May 2013, Fiyel Levent Paper Goods began as an extension of The Atelier, where her experimentation and love affair with paper was hugely incorporated into her lighting designs, and so the move to develop a stationery line was a natural one. The vividly textured and intricate motifs expressed on the cards are derived from and inspired by Fiyel's travels and her modern take on Moorish and Islamic architectures, origami paper, kimono patterns, washi and chiyogami prints, as well as drawings and paintings by artists such as Rush Asawa and Agnes Martin.
You can also read about Fiyel in this great article in the New York Times.
Annie Coggan is an educator, artist/ designer and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, NY. Her focus in practice and research is the use of furniture as a mechanism for storytelling, and she is the founder of the blog Chairs and Buildings.
Annie founded and conceived Rattle Bag Workshops; design thinking for non-designers, Little Building Café in Starkville, Mississippi, Coggan and Crawford Architects and Chairs and Buildings Productions. As editor of Chairs and Buildings, she has developed virtual space for design thinking and a physical studio for furniture, product, interiors, events and publications. She has published work in Furniture A+D and Journal of Architectural Education, designsponge and Remodelista as well being contributor to the literary journal A Public Space and Herman Miller’s Lifework blog.
We especially love this sneak peek into Annie's home and gorgeous chairs in this article on designsponge from her time living in Mississippi.
In 2010, Annie was an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn and continues to teach workshops there, as well as having been a founding member of their Board of Directors. She is currently at work on a book that explores historic house museums and their design potential, and is on the adjunct faculty at Parsons/New School, F.I.T. and SVA in New York City.
Needless to say, Annie and Fiyel are two talented artists and thinkers, and we are very excited for their presentations on January 24th at Textile Arts Center. They will also be curating some exciting content this month about their take on fabric(ation) so stay tuned!