This Autumn brought with it the changing of leaves, crisp air, and Textile Month in New York City – a fairly new tradition started a few years ago by Li Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano of Trend Union. Li and Philip are trend forecasters and curators and work between fashion and interiors. They have a deep interest in textiles, and keeping the art and craft of weaving alive. Part of New York Textile Month is Talking Textiles, a conference that happens at Parsons each year where all aspects of textile design and production are explored with guest lecturers, artists, and industry experts.
One of the most anticipated parts of the agenda for our team each year is the announcement of the winner of the annual Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize, a design competition open to textile students from around the world. Mohawk Group is proud to sponsor this award, as we believe strongly in the innovation of textile design.
At the close of the conference, we also hosted the TALENT! Exhibit at our New York showroom, showcasing the winner’s work along with a large group of submissions from these emerging international textile designers.
The exhibit was curated by Philip Fimmano and is an amazing collaboration between Mohawk and Trend Union in the support of new talent. Projects included the use of horsehair, seaweed, agar and food waste, banana fiber, milk proteins, seeds to replace sequins, the felting of wool and date palm branches, and electrical wires that are hand-knit.
2019 Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize Winner
Congratulations to Malu Lücking, this year’s winner of the Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize! A student of the Art Academy Berlin Weissensee, Malu created textiles from algae that she harvested from lakes in Germany.
Called Cladophora, this project addressed algae as a resource for material development. Malu describes the project as a water-saving resource, as one of the main factors contributing to the ecological imbalance of freshwater and saltwater systems due to the textile industry’s careless use of water. But now resulting out of this water crisis a solution appears: a filamentous algae growing in abundance because of human activity.
This project harvests the fibrous algae from Berlin lakes and utilizes their different qualities to produce textiles. Its wool-like texture coupled with a lighter wearing comfort allows Cladophora to be processed into translucent non-woven fabric or to be woven as yarn into a surface. It can also be processed into a biodegradable bioplastic, which could replace synthetic plastics for clothing and other consumer goods.
See more from this year’s TALENT! Exhibit below:
Royce Epstein is the A&D Design Director for Mohawk Group.
As the face to A&D, Royce shares her passion and vision for design, cultural trends, and the meaning of materials in a broad context. Her role is to evolve and share Mohawk Group’s Design Vision with the A&D community, and to leverage product design with what A&D desires in the field. Constantly on the watch for new trends in all aspects of design and culture, Royce feeds this insight to all our industry’s touchpoints. A veteran materials and product specialist, Royce spent two decades working in A&D firms before working with Mohawk. She was named the 2015 Designer of the Year by Interiors and Sources Magazine, and received a HiP award for Rising Star from Interior Design Magazine at Neocon 2016. Royce lives in Philadelphia where she is active in the design, art, and music scenes. She is a board member of Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.