“Reviving the Lost Art of Mending With Christina Kim” is a talk related to the “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse” exhibit that will be on view from Sept. 23 to April 16. The exhibit presents approaches to confronting the high human and environmental costs of the textile industry by three designers: Christina Kim, founder of Los Angeles-based fashion brand Dosa; Reiko Sudo, director of Tokyo textile design firm Nuno, and Luisa Cevese, founder of Milan-based home-goods company Riedizioni.
Kim will lead a workshop focused on visible mending, a style of repair that calls attention to signs of wear and the care that is taken to preserve things, followed by a conversation between the three designers and Matilda McQuaid, deputy curatorial director and head of textiles at Cooper Hewitt, from 1 to 3 p.m.
At 5 p.m. is “Design Solutions for Curbing Textile Waste.” Inspired by ancient traditions of reuse and a respect for scraps as repositories of materials, labor and creativity, each designer featured in “Scraps” has developed innovative solutions for curbing textile waste and will discuss their methods.
It’s estimated that 80 percent of textile and apparel purchases, or 21 billion pounds, wind up in landfills every year, and many recycled and repurposed yarns, fibers and fabrics have been developed in recent years to address the issue.
These events are part of Cooper Hewitt’s diverse fall program. Also on the agenda is the return of “Design by Hand,” led by renowned embroidery house Lesage and the introduction of a salon-style exchange with winners of the 2016 National Design Awards.
“Maison Lesage’s Hubert Barrère” is set for Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with Lesage art director discussing the company’s heritage with McQuaid. Since 1924, Maison Lesage has created opulent embroidery produced by skilled craftsmen for haute couture fashion houses, ready-to-wear designers and accessories manufacturers.
Also in the fashion realm is “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist and Innovator” on Nov. 16. Tiffany used exotic motifs, extraordinary color and abstracted forms in his lamps and art glass to become one of the most instrumental figures in American design history. Benjamin Macklowe, president of Macklowe Gallery, will offer a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Tiffany’s art glass and lamps, showing how Tiffany’s process and innovations have affected glass technologies and the world of decorative art for the past 100 years.
Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. In 2014, Cooper Hewitt reopened in the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, which offers 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. The museum is located at 2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue.