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Making Dumb Clothing Smart — with Janett Martinez of Loomia

Clothing

For Fashion Week, an Archivist Comes Down From the Attic

If much of fashion operates at hectic warp speed — a mad dash for a new look or a new collection — Emily Adams Bode of Bode (pronounced BOH-dee) is the slow-going exception to the rule.<p>She is 28, but an old 28. While many of her peers, including those showing alongside her this week during New York …

Fashion Week

“Kiss of Death” at New England textile mills

<i>Featured image</i>: “Kissing the shuttle” was the process by which weavers sucked thread through the eye of a shuttle when the pirn (bobbin) was replaced.<p>…

New England

The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she?<p>During World War I, a grandmother in Belgium knitted at her window, watching the passing trains. As one …

Military History

Atacama uses microfluidic technology to create moisture-control fabric that actually stays dry

Imagine sportswear that not only stays dry through the most sweat-inducing workouts, but also turns perspiration into a design element. Named after the driest desert in the world, Atacama uses microfluidic technology to create textiles that can do just that. The recipient of a grant from the …

Chile

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hyphen - labs<p>about services contact<p>Carmen Aguilar y Wedge<p>–<p>Co-Founder<p>Experience Designer<p>Creative Director<p>ABOUT US<p>Hyphen-Labs is an international team …

HyperFace Camouflage – Adam Harvey

HyperFace is being developed for Hyphen Labs <i>NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism</i> project at Sundance Film Festival and is a collaboration with Hyphen Labs …

Sundance

Contemporary Smocking Techniques

<i>Tightly pulled vertical smocking. Image via Trans.lu.cent»</i><p>Smocking is a fabric manipulation technique that is generally created by using hand …

Sewing

Why Is Google Digitising the World's Fashion Archives?

For years, Google has been digitising the world’s museums, making cultural artefacts accessible in extraordinary detail to millions of internet users. Now it’s turning to fashion.<p><b>LONDON, United Kingdom</b> — For years, Google allowed its engineers to spend 20 percent of their time on personal projects …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Future of Natural Dyes and Fibers?

Susanne Stern, a Master’s student at Burg Giebichenstein University’s textile workshop, remembers life as a young girl in East Germany: “Growing up …

Textile archives: Inspiring the makers of tomorrow

Andrea Aranow has had a lifelong passion for textiles.<p>In the 1970s and 80s she travelled to Peru, China, and Japan, collecting garments and swatches …

A revolution is coming in the way your sneakers are designed and manufactured

Slow, labor intensive, and low tech are just a few of the words you could use to describe the way sneakers have traditionally been made. It takes big sneaker companies dozens of steps and up to 18 months to develop a new shoe, and with just a few exceptions, the manufacturing processes involved …

Sneakers

Mickey Drexler and the death of a supply-driven world

Dye-versity for International Archives Day

Home <b>›</b> Archives and Special Collections <b>›</b> <b>Dye-versity for International Archives Day</b><p><i>on</i> June 8, 2017 • ( 0 )<p><i>Guest blog by Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in</i> …

Hair

Samantha Houck, 2017

<b>Beyond the Weave and Warp</b><p><b>Above:</b> A floral point paper and design on paper from the JB Martin Point Papers Collection, 1900-1975.<p>In 1832 in Lyon, …

Sabrina Gschwandtner - Hands at Work

LVMH and the Next Big Digital Shopping Experience

PARIS — Ian Rogers, chief digital officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, sat in his sunlit office on Avenue Montaigne last month, alongside a large cactus with a mélange of Pucci-pattern skateboards and black and white rock band photographs arrayed on the walls behind him. Using a tattooed …

BASHO to SPUN STEEL

Weaving the Bridge at Q’eswachaka

Native Americans

Terminology: What’s the difference between worsted & woolen wool fabrics?

If you have ever gone shopping for wool fabrics you may have seen some of the fabric described as <b>worsted</b>, and some of it described as <b>woolen</b>.<p>If you …

Middle Ages

18TH CENTURY HANDKERCHIEFS – THE SWEDISH EAST INDIA COMPANY TRADE

[No: LXXXI | By Viveka Hansen]<p><b>The aim with this study is to focus on a small branch of the Swedish East India Company’s dealing in fabrics used for</b> …

World History

Do some people see colour better than others?

The other day, listening to a recent episode of North v South, Jonathan Elliman and Rob Turpin’s banterful design podcast, I found myself fervently …

Graphic Design

European Textile Network

CROSSOVER BORÅS 2017 - THE 18TH CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN TEXTILE NETWORK, ETN<p>SAVE THE DATES 13-19 SEPTEMBER 2017!<p>Faig Ahmed. ETN conference …

Art

Usher Frank Lloyd Wright Into Your Home With These Vibrant Textiles

In 1955, at the behest of <i>House Beautiful</i> editor <i></i>Elizabeth Gordon, Frank Lloyd Wright produced his first and only textile patterns for the fabric manufacturer F. Schumacher & Co. In 2017, on the occasion of the famed architect’s 150th birthday, Schumacher is reproducing the short-lived line—a …

Architecture

The Unsettling Vision of Rei Kawakubo | The New Yorker

Does it really matter what one wears? I sometimes think my life might have been different if I had chosen the other wedding dress. I was getting married for the second time, and until the overcast morning of the ceremony I dithered between a bland écru frock appropriate to my age and station, which …

Fashion

Rei Kawakubo's Clothes Speak for Themselves at the Met's Comme des Garçons Exhibit

Is fashion art?<p>If there's any fashion designer whose work makes a case for the affirmative, it would be Rei Kawakubo and the boundary-pushing label …

Fashion

Why We Should All Wear The World’s Most Visible Color

Pedestrian or cyclist, it’s the world’s most visible hue.<p>Thousands of pedestrians and bike riders are hit by cars every year in a terrible trend that’s only growing. It’s a problem of our infrastructure, but the best defense can simply be making yourself as visible to drivers as possible. Which is …

Astronomy

Shibori Paper Dyeing Workshop

Rei Kawakubo: A Punk’s Pain

On the eve of a major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the radical and reclusive Comme des Garçons designer talks to BoF’s Tim Blanks about the pain of constant creation and the impossibility of stopping.<p><b>PARIS, France</b> — “In a way I do feel like I’ve got myself into a trap.” Rei …

Fashion

Link About It: NASA 3D Prints Metal Space Fabric

A chainmail of the future, 3D-printed flexible metal space fabric is being produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. As far as functionality goes, there are four important attributes: reflectivity, foldability, passive heat management and tensile strength. Each of these has untold applications. …

Space