Textiles announces Fall 2014 Lecture Series
November 13th, 4:30pm @ Tap Room
Mika Tajima employs sculpture, painting, video, music, and performance, often drawing on contradictions in modernist design and architecture to consider how the performing subject (e. g., speaker, dancer, designer, factory worker, musician, filmmaker) is constructed in spaces in which material objects outline action and engagement. Tajima’s most recent work extends her interrogation of “the built environment and the maximized performer to the global flow of life energies sought by unraveling systems.” Tajima also works collaboratively under the moniker New Humans, including projects with Vito Acconci, Charles Atlas, Judith Butler, and C. Spencer Yeh, among others. Tajima’s work has been shown internationally, at venues including the South London Gallery, London; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Art Museum; Sculpture Center and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York City; Bass Museum, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Tajima lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA from Columbia University.
November 24th, 4:30pm @ Tap Room
Daniela Gilbert began her fashion career as a journalist, specializing in textiles at Fairchild Publications/Condé Nast for 10 years. Daniela received her textile education at WWD, where she conceptualized feature stories that took her to some of the most impressive textile mills – from fine lace makers and silk weavers in France, to the best jersey, weaving and print mills in Italy. Daniela’s interest in textile R&D emerged while working on a WWD feature story with Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, where, in a visual timeline, she traced the designer’s textile development process. She joined DVF’s textile team in 2006 and has consulted with companies such as Kate Spade, CHADO Ralph Rucci, Isaac Mizrahi, HONOR and Tamara Mellon. Her company, Loom1801, draws upon these experiences to offer custom-built textile services that meet the needs of each client in today’s ever-changing fashion climate.