As we are exploring all things fabric(ation) for our upcoming DELVE Networking FABRIC(ATION) + ART event at Textile Arts Center, we have come across a plethora of resources for all of you interested in textile art and design.
And if you haven't gotten tickets for #delvefabrication on January 24th, get them here!
The Textile Arts Center, based in New York, is a tremendous resource. In addition to taking classes and workshops for adults and kids, you can become a member, apply to the Artist in Residency Program, use their library, and more. Their Manhattan shop is a great place to find unique goods, as well.
Print Source, the world of textile and surface design, New York, NY
"Printsource is the main resource for surface and textile design for America's major manufacturers, retailers and catalogs, covering such industries as men's, children's and women's apparel, bed and bath, kitchen and tabletop, paper goods and stationery, wall coverings, window fashions and other surface and textile design applications." We love their trends blog to keep up with amazing patterns.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL
If you find yourself in Florida, it seems that Florida Institute of Technology's two-story textile center is one to see. They boast 3,000 square feet of exhibition space and 2,500 square feet of collections storage and work space that house traditional handmade textiles, garments and related accessories from Africa, Central Asia, China, India, Mexico, Central and South America spanning the early 19th to mid-20th centuries; European and North American embroidery, lace, quilts and needlework spanning 18th through early-20th centuries, through more contemporary American and European textiles.
Contextile, Guimaraes, Portugal
Have you heard of CONTEXTILE? It's the "Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, a Contemporary Art event of international ambition, that considers textile, an element of reference in reflection, investigation and creation, in the different forms of expression and artistic representation, having as conceptual and artistic matrix: to place textile in another context, the contemporary art." Artists can submit until February 23rd, 2014.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum is a destination point. They have exhibitions, events and lectures by world-renowned artists, and they invite contemporary artists to create new work using experimental materials and techniques via their Artist-in-Residency Program. We always try and get there on our Philly visits. FWM trumps cheese steaks any day.
The Design Library, Wappingers Falls, NY
The Design Library is a gorgeous gem in upstate New York. They have over seven million textile designs in their giant space, meticulously organized and incredible to browse. They sell these designs to clients around the world. Check out their site, it explains it all. This video is a jaw-dropping insight into their space.
Surface Design Association, Albuquerque, NM
Surface Design is a 36 year old organization with over 4000 members devoted to "promoting awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions and conferences." How cool is that? From emerging artists to established, they are interested in assuring that textile arts has a strong voice in the contemporary art world.
Textílsetur Íslands - Icelandic Textile Center
Dream of working your loom while gazing out into the beautiful landscape of Iceland? "The Textile Centre residency seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation and reflection for artists and scholars working inside the textile field. We hope that the scenic setting, including the old town of Blönduós and the river Blanda, support and enhance the creativity of artists and scholars by providing them with uninterrupted time for work and exploration." Yes, please.