SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
9:30 - 10:00 AM CHECK-IN
Check-in, name tags, coffee!
Free parking is available at the Helms Design Center 8723 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA and in the Helms Bakery District lots on the north side of Venice Boulevard, just east and west of Helms Avenue. Please do NOT park in the Helms' lots between Venice and Washington Blvds.
Google Map here. We'll upload a parking graphic soon!
10:00 - 10:15 AM Welcome remarks
with lesley roberts and carrie burckle, textile arts la co-directors
We're looking forward to talking about the ideas that engage us – as artists, educators, designers, consumers, and citizens of Los Angeles. We'll review our intentions for the day and plans for the future of Textile Arts LA.
10:15 - 11:00 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: FIND YOUR ESSENCE
with carmen artigas
Born in Mexico City, Carmen Artigas is a multidisciplinary designer and sustainable fashion consultant. She is known for her work redefining ethical fashion and much of her focus has been devoted to preserving endangered craft techniques.
In 2010 she spearheaded the sustainable design curricula and undergraduate programs at three major design universities: Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons the New School for Design, and Pratt Institute. During a sabbatical trip to India in 1999, Carmen studied natural dyes with Master Toofan Rafai, who transferred his wisdom about the spirituality of color. She currently applies this knowledge, along with specific energy healing modalities, to create her line of prescribed spiritual garments that support emotional well-being.
11:00 - 11:45 AM INNOVATIVE TEXTILES: ACCESSIBILITY, REALITIES
with KRISTINE UPESLEJA, FIDM AND MADISONS INNOVATIVE
Kristine is the Founder and President of consulting firm MADISONS – Innovative Materials. She has over 20 years’ experience in the fashion and design industry as a lecturer, educator, researcher, connector, curator, and visionary. She currently works at FIDM in LA, where she founded the Innovative Textiles and Materials Department and established an Innovative Materials Collection.
Through her consulting firm, Madisons Innovative, she has worked with companies such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, C.P. Company, Stone Island, Lenzing, Vitra, Patagonia, Prana, Textile Exchange, JS Apparel, Schoeller, Cocona, Recover, S3 Studios, Guess, Commune, Gary Cass at Fermented Fashion, and Michael Schmidt Studios, to name a few.
11:45 - 12:30 PM S.E.A. SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY
with LYNN SIODMAK, OUTERKNOWN
Lynn is currently the Senior Textile Designer for Outerknown, a L.A. based lifestyle brand creating modern apparel. Her background includes a career with Patagonia, Lack Lenor Larsen, and Jhane Barnes. She holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Outerknown is a leader in sustainable and alternative textile use, and has framed its' production around a high standard for social and environmental supply chains.
12:30 - 1:30 PM CATERED LUNCH
1:30 - 2:15 PM MATERIAL ACCESSIBILITY (MODERATED PANEL)
with KESTREL JENKINS, CONSCIOUS CHATTER
Kestrel has invited Juan Diego Gerscovich of Industry of All Nations, Steve Zika of Natural Fiber Welding, and Isadora Alvarez of Back Beat Rags, an LA-based sustainable fashion brand, to join her for a panel discussion.
Kestrel Jenkins is the voice of Conscious Chatter, a lively podcast that believes "What we wear matters." Kestrel streams conversation with designers and connectors behind emerging brands, talking about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. She is a storyteller and conscious style maven who believes fashion + ethics can jive, and maybe even thrive together.
"The world of textiles has felt an influx of technological advances in recent years. Something that truly intrigues me about all these “new ideas” and innovations rising in the fashion space is finding ways that the more tech-driven textile innovators can connect with those who are using traditional techniques to innovate in their own ways. To me, this is where a lot of opportunity exists for collaboration, sharing of ideas, and learning from both sides."
2:30 - 3:15 PM RECYCLING AND UPCYCLING
with JESSICA SCHREIBER, FAB SCRAP
Prior to launching FABSCRAP, Jessica Schreiber worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation as a Senior Manager in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. She helped launch and then managed NYC's e-waste and clothing recycling contracts, including re-fashioNYC, a residential clothing reuse program which recycled over 6 million pounds of clothing, and NYC's first ever curbside clothing collection pilot. She has an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
3:15 - 4:00 PM
Pecha Kucha is a concise presentation style that holds the presenter to showing 20 slides – no more, no less – and talking about each of them for 20 seconds – no more, no less. Members and guests will share their research, recent work, or emerging ideas with us in this fast-paced and informative style. If you would like to apply for a spot, follow the link here.
4:00 - 6:00 PM COCKTAILS + TRUNK SHOWs
Please plan to stay after the Summit for cocktails and light bites, as well as trunk shows from Textile Arts LA members and friends.