San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
September 16 – October 31, 2010
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Last week I attended the opening of "TECHstyle SoftWEAR: Surface & Shape" at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiels. It is an artwear installation that reflects Silicon Valley through the eyes, vision and creativity of three artists who all just happen to be my friends. The textiles were inspired by the public and formally designed by Corinne Okada Takara. The sculptural artwear gowns were created by San Francisco Couturier Colleen Quen and showcased in an environment designed by furniture and industrial designer Rick Lee.
The digital textile department at Kent State University's School of Fashion's TechStyleLAB printed the silks for the Topography Gown. Spoonflower also printed some of the designs to fabric.
The "Emotion" Gown floating beneath Rick's Mirrored Quilt
It looks like a huge, paper doll, gown lantern
Synesketch." Words are converted to colors and patterns and were in turn printed to the fabrics. Yeah, that's pretty geeky.
Corinne Okada and Colleen Quen at the opening of "Surface & Shape"
And from Corinne's Cultural Tech-Fusion Fabrics... Inspiration and Assembly. Click on any photo to visit http://techfusionfabrics.weebly.com/fabric-blog.html
San Jose's City Hall Rotunda
And the Rotunda Inspired Fabric
Alviso Salt Flats Photo
Fabric Inspired by Simon Phipps Photo
Rick's Prototype in Miniature
The Installation in Progress