Textile Design + DesignPhiladelphia 2023 “Impact” Symposium


Thursday, October 5, 2023, join us for our 7th Annual Textile Design Symposium in association with DesignPhiladelphia. This year, the symposium will explore the concept of “impact” in regard to design as a practice and how we, as Textile Designers, assess and navigate our own impact on the greater textile industry.

9 AM “Using Small Scale for Purposeful Impact” (Virtual and in-person in the Textile Design studios)
Leah D’Ambrosio, alum, Owner and Founder of Wol Hide will speak to us about the reality of running a small, high-end knitwear company that focuses on sustainability and social impact. Every decision, from yarn and fiber choices to the natural dyes to the construction of the garment to consideration of deadstock waste yarn, is approached thoughtfully and with regard to the environment and the people involved. Join us to learn more about how big of an impact a small company can have on immediate and far-reaching markets, regions, and communities.

11 AM “Beyond Fashion” (Virtual)
Philip Fimmano will present about how the fashion industry is evolving to answer the call to rectify our consumerism mess. This century and the pandemic have brought about an opportunity for reflection and radical change, making up for last century’s ecological abuse, overconsumption, greed, and violence. For the first time, a post-fossil society is emerging, using natural ingredients, offering energy alternatives, and giving us faith in the future. Fashion designers and weavers around the world aim for a more sustainable production process, reinventing systems from start to finish; from farm to fibre to fashion. 

2:30 PM “Leveraging your Role as a Designer to Promote Sustainability” (Virtual)
Sustainable Furniture Expert, Designer, and owner of Meno Home, Jerri Hobdy, discusses how creatives can use their design roles to gain influence and affect positive change on issues of sustainability. 

Please join us for this excellent day of presentations that touch on today’s issues surrounding fast fashion and the growing textile market.


Register for each presentation individually here.

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