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Fashioning-Felt at Cooper-Hewitt

February 18, 2009

Central Library, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2007. Architect: Jo-Coenen & Co. Architecten. Felt walls designed and made by Claudy Jongstra. Wool, silk.

Photo: Peter Cuypers

On view March 6–September 7, 2009                                                                          

This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, felting requires little technological expertise and is an extremely versatile material. The exhibition will begin with historic examples of felts, showcase innovations in handmade felts, and feature contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings. The exhibition is being organized by Susan Brown, assistant curator, Textiles.

Claudy Jongstra, a really talented textile designer based in Netherlands will take part of the show. If you live in NYC or have time to go there, go and see her work!

For more information, contact the Museum’s Department of External Affairs:

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91
st Street
New York, NY 10128
phone: 212.849.8349
fax: 212.849.8343

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