By  on October 1, 2018

Through a collaboration with Till, a nonprofit that focuses on sustainability, environmentalism and community, experimental textile designer Jacob Olmedo is welcoming strangers to his new design studio in Redding, Conn.

Till’s founder Jane Philbrick has turned over the first floor of her house there to the Parsons MFA textiles design student. Philbrick is a founding partner in Till, an acronym for Today’s Industrial Living Landscapes, which looks to repair brownfields naturally to create a place for a community to build on. Saturday was opening day for Olmedo’s studio for explorative textiles design. The idea is to create textiles that are sustainable that can interface with technology while remaining wearable and usable. The concept is meant to keep humans connected not only to the world, but to others and nature, Olmedo said. “The idea is to create clothing for the community by the community,” he said. “They are invited to come into the studio, and to learn about the process of how clothing is made, and to be part of the process.”

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