Kristine Upesleja will open the FIDM Textile & Materials library for a private, behind-the-scenes look at the collection and segue into a discussion of her consulting work through Madisons Innovative. Our conversation will explore the intersections of art and commercial opportunity, sustainable fashion, the circular economy, upcycling and recycling, sourcing, biocouture, and more.
For a preview of Kristine's work and state-of-mind, consider this, from one of her recent articles: "The stats are alarming: non profit GrownNYC claims that each American, on average, sends almost 82 pounds of clothes to the landfills every year. With the rise of Fast Fashion there’s so much waste being produced that has changed our environment dramatically. The Fashion Industry has become the second largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry."
Madisons Innovative and Textile Arts LA have established a special partnership and are collaborating on professional and networking opportunities to expand the dialogue around sustainability and and innovation in textiles.
If you have time, plan to stay a bit longer and visit the FIDM Museum. The current exhibit is Motion Picture Costume Design.