Textile Arts Center

NEW DELVE Fabric(ation) & Toolkit + Post-Networking to dos

Last Friday evening, many people braved the bitter cold to join us at the cozy Textile Arts Center's Manhattan workshop for DELVE Networking, Fabric(ation) + Art. It was a seriously inspiring group of artists, graphic designers, architects, fashion designers, students, Textile Arts Center fans, interior designers, entrepreneurs and more. Fiyel Levent and Annie Coggan gave inspired talks about their work and process, each diving into what the idea of fabrication means to them.

We had the chance to announce our brand new Toolkit for Artists and Creatives that is part of the DELVE suite of services, which also includes events and bespoke workshops. If you are an artist or creative looking to grow your community or build your practical professional skills to enhance your practice, check out our new site and take action on projects that are important to you.

Plus, in this post we also wanted to share some tips for what to do after these networking events to keep building your community.

Scroll down and keep on reading to learn more....

Last Friday evening was a wonderful and productive event because:

  • We had the opportunity to hear about and be inspired by the processes of two talented architects/designers/artists who redesign, beautify and transform the way we use and think about everyday objects and the spaces we inhabit.
  • The Textile Arts Center, an organization that symbolizes experimentation and learning based on fabric and textiles, is a great space to think and talk about fabrication.
  • Meeting new talented people from all around the city (and world) really opened our eyes to so many more inspiring projects that are going on.

Hearing Fiyel Levent talk about her process was really enlightening, and it was amazing to hear how her travels around the world have influenced her designs for furniture, objects and paper goods. Experimenting with different materials is very important to her work. She took us down the fascinating path of how she actually makes her intricate, beautiful objects. She left us with an important thought: from designing her furniture and objects to her paper goods, fabricating locally has become incredibly important to her as she moves away from creating every single one of her pieces on her own. 

Courtesy Fiyel Levent  These intricate shavings were a by product from her screens on the right, an unexpected surprise. 

Courtesy Fiyel Levent

These intricate shavings were a by product from her screens on the right, an unexpected surprise. 

Courtesy Fiyel Levent  The blue foam cylinders, collected from art supply stores all over NYC and then some, became the molds for this gorgeous wine rack for a private client.

Courtesy Fiyel Levent

The blue foam cylinders, collected from art supply stores all over NYC and then some, became the molds for this gorgeous wine rack for a private client.


Annie Coggan's work explores, in her words, "rooms, objects and stories: three preoccupations and their subsequent consequences." First, Annie took us on a tour of incredible rooms that she has designed, and the objects (especially chairs) that she remakes for certain persons from history. Each space, object and drawing is infused with deep historical meaning, usually based on a specific individual chosen and interpreted by Annie. As a mother, teacher, instructor, designer and artist, her fabrication methods thrive on self-imposed rules, whether all materials must be salvaged, or she works on projects in pieces through embroidery in the evenings so she can always be producing.


Thanks to everyone who attended and participated and we hope to see you again soon!

Annie Coggan/Chairs and Buildings
Fiyel Levent Atelier
Fiyel Levent Paper Goods
Textile Arts Center


If you collected any business cards or made new friends last Friday at our event, here are some suggestions to schedule into your calendar this week:

Follow up and say hello! Just send an email and check out the other person's website. Simple. Do it before you forget. Add each other to your mailing lists.
Connect on social media. This is a great way to stay in touch. It seems we all use Facebook these days to share art events and Twitter is an easy way to stay in the know. 
Comment and interact with the event organizers. We have a blog and hope you'll comment on pieces that interest you and leave your website and introduce yourselves. Join our community!
Schedule a studio visit. We are huge fans of studio visits with new friends of colleagues. So if you've hit it off with someone, there's never a better time to get some feedback on your work, or vice versa. We all live here to create and share what we do.

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Friday Links- January 17

Annie Coggan tells us about a major source of inspiration, Dorothea Tanning, in this article.

Fiyel Levent talks about her travels during her life and how they have been crucial to her creativity.

Artists- can a jump on this year at Cue Art Foundation on 1/22/14 with Jackie Battenfield's planning workshop. It's only $10. Can't beat it.

Constellation 617 has some great interviews with Creative People.

From this Hyperallergic article: "The University of California’s storied academic imprint is making freely available online 700 titles published between 1984 and 2004, Open Culture has reported. The books encompass a broad range of topics, with a healthy dose of critical and historical writings on the arts."

On that topic, reading is totally good for you.

Loving these nighttime photographs of the Gowanus by Miska Draskoczy.

Our DELVE Networking event is next week at Textile Arts Center on 1/24 exploring all things fabrication!

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The Textile Arts Center's Artists-in-Residence

We are beyond excited to have our DELVE Networking event exploring Fabric(ation) + Art at the Textile Arts Center next Friday, January 24th. They do such amazing things for artists and we wanted to highlight their Artist in Residency Program and share some work by recent residents.

photo courtesy of LeBrie Rich via the Textile Arts Center  blog

photo courtesy of LeBrie Rich via the Textile Arts Center blog

"LeBrie Rich is a Portland, OR, based fiber artist who makes the softest sculptures and objects, out of her studio PenFelt, using mainly wooly fibers and felting. Besides making the most amazing art”The Duchess of Felt” has also been teaching workshops all over the US and internationally and collaborating with stores and brands like Nike for custom made windows displays." Read more here

Lamps by  Kelly Valletta on the  Textile Arts Center Blog

Lamps by  Kelly Valletta on the Textile Arts Center Blog

We are big fans of utilitarian art, and these hanging hand-knotted lamps by Kelly Valletta are pretty amazing. 

Photo from the Textile Arts Center blog featuring Eleanor Anderson

Photo from the Textile Arts Center blog featuring Eleanor Anderson

We love making hand made cards around the Kind Aesthetic studio, so we especially love the work of Eleanor Anderson, whose hands you see above. You can buy her work in the TAC shop, as well. What an elegant way to catch up with some old friends. 

Photo from the Textile Arts Center blog featuring Lucia Cuba

Photo from the Textile Arts Center blog
featuring Lucia Cuba

Artist made clothes are simply the best. Lucia Cuba's work is really intriguing to us and we like hearing a bit about her process on their blog.  Her activist design initiative, Proyecto Gamarra is really something to dig into. 

Join us next Friday to explore more of what the Textile Arts Center has to offer! Get tickets to DELVE here

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Textile and Fiber Arts Resources around the world

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

(image from   The Textile Arts Center   website)  

(image from The Textile Arts Center website) 

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

(Image from   their website  )  

(Image from their website) 

"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 

 Image sourced from  here .

 Image sourced from here.

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.


  (Image   via Wikipedia)

 (Image via Wikipedia)

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

(photo by Mark Mahaney from this  WSJ article  )

(photo by Mark Mahaney from this WSJ article)

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

Image from their website 

Image from their website 

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.

What resources did we miss? Please let us know in the comments below! Read more about January 24th's DELVE Networking FABRIC(ATION) + ART here

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#delvefabrication- January 24th, 2014 at Textile Art Center

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. 

Textile Arts Center  , 26 West 8th Street   The TAC has two locations and on January 24th we will be at the Manhattan workshop in Greenwich Village.

Textile Arts Center, 26 West 8th Street

The TAC has two locations and on January 24th we will be at the Manhattan workshop in Greenwich Village.


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. 

Hikari Table Light 

Hikari Table Light 

Custom CNC Milled Panels

Custom CNC Milled Panels

           Fiyel Levent

           Fiyel Levent

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, MississippiCoggan 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. 

Annie Coggan

Annie Coggan

A drawing by Annie Coggan

A drawing by Annie Coggan

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!

Get tickets for DELVE Networking on January 24th here!




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Networking is vital, and more important than you think.

The word "networking" has gotten an unsavory reputation recently, maybe because it conjures sweaty, awkward events with fishbowls full of poorly designed business cards. Here are some typical reasons someone might give for not wanting to go to a networking event:

1) I have no one to go with.
2) I am not in the mood.
3) I don't have time and I am not sure if the event will be worth it.

We'd like to FLIP that mindset and say:

1) Go alone. It's the best way to meet people. You are at a networking event for that exact reason, along with everybody else. 

2) When are we truly ever in the mood to leap out of our comfort zones? So, ignore the TV shows you need to catch up on, that drink with your complaining coworkers, and your primal fears, and go. We guarantee that once you get to the event you can find some genuine connections with people.

3) This is a valid concern, since our time is most certainly precious. That is why we started our DELVE Networking series. We can guarantee that each event will leave you inspired to do more--and you might even make some new friends. 



Join us on January 24th for DELVE FABRIC(ATION) with speakers
Fiyel Levent and Annie Coggan
They'll blow your socks off with all they do.
Plus we are going to be at the very cool Textile Arts Center workshop space in Manhattan.
Get your ticket here

Of the two of us, I (Andrea) am more of a natural networker. I am genuinely curious about who people are and what they do, and it could be in my DNA--my father used to be the M.C. of our annual town festival and he found it great fun. He always gave it his all because he understood that his community could be more rewarding when people were brought together and connections were made. When we started these events in March of 2013, Sara, the other half of Kind Aesthetic, was very excited but admitted to it being out of her comfort zone. That made me stop and realize that it is indeed nerve-wracking to speak in front of a crowd of strangers and meet new people. Therefore, it was imperative that our events be comfortable, productive and friendly.  

And that is where the hitch is: don't network just because you want something. We all want things: to be more successful, to make new connections, to be given the things we know we deserve. But no one is going to want to talk to us if we are pushing our weird business cards in each others faces. Desperation stinks.

We are not the only ones who are preaching the value of meeting new like-minded people. According to this article by Ilise Benun, we should network to get the following people into our pool of contacts, whether you are a freelancer, creative type, entrepreneur or artist:

"1. Clients and customers. 
2. Peers and colleagues. 
3. Mentors. 
4. Referral sources."

And this article by Jessica Hische is hilarious, true, and a good reminder that you can have fun and not be totally creepy while networking. Definitely give both of these articles a read before your next event.

This is a list of what you should bring to your next networking event:

1) A nicely designed business card.
2) A short, memorized, friendly elevator pitch about what you do.
3) A smile, some nice questions to ask people, and a good attitude. No one likes jerks who don't listen.
4) An open mind.
5) A plan to follow-up with your new contacts within a week. 

So, why do we force ourselves to network? Because people are actually really amazing, especially artists and creatives. We guarantee that you will meet at least one new person to have a studio visit with, schedule a coffee date with, or open up your mind to a new creative technique. We leave each of our events a bit euphoric because we got to be around an unparalleled amount of energy and interesting stories. We hope it's the same for you. See you on January 24th!

Read about all the past DELVE Networking events  here !

Read about all the past DELVE Networking events here!



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