Jefferson to Celebrate Design Across Disciplines at DesignPhiladelphia

Jefferson's textile design programs will host a two-day symposium on sustainable textiles during DesignPhiladelphia.

The textile design programs will host a two-day symposium on sustainable textiles during DesignPhiladelphia.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will once again sponsor and be a key contributor to DesignPhiladelphia, the citywide celebration of design across disciplines from Oct. 3-13.

The festival will highlight the work of thousands of local designers, architects and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st-century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices and community engagement.

“Jefferson is the perfect sponsor for DesignPhiladelphia,” said Rachel Brandoff, assistant professor and coordinator of the art therapy specialization at Jefferson, who will facilitate the Art Therapy Introductory Workshop as part of the festival. “This University embraces collaboration among professions and the partnerships that come out of the arts and healthcare. In essence, art therapy as a field is a merging of healthcare and the arts.”

During the Surface Imaging Open House, there will be hands-on demos, tours and program discussions.

During the Surface Imaging Open House, there will be hands-on demos, tours and program discussions.

Another DesignPhiladelphia exhibit, Air Forms: Kites as Adaptive Surfaces, showcases collaborative student projects from the IDEA (Interdisciplinary Design and Experimental Architecture) Studio of Jefferson.

“The work represents our innovative design thinking and collaborative culture, bridging education and practice,” said Kihong Ku, associate professor of architecture and Volpe Family Term Chair for Architectural Innovation.

This semester, Ku and Marcia Weiss, associate professor of textile design at Jefferson and director of the Fashion and Textile Futures Center, brought together 12 M.S. in textile design and 13 fifth-year architecture students to design “air forms,” envisioning radical architectures that transcend the conventions of kite design, rigid architecture and static structures, and textile design.

“Air is considered a primary design material in the students’ design research to be harvested, manipulated and controlled through means of geometry, textile techniques and materials, computational techniques, fabrication and tested through prototyping,” Ku said. “The work should be interesting to designers and researchers who have an interest in adaptive and dynamic surfaces, hand- and digital-craft (simulations, physical computing, fabrication), sustainability, and textile design and materials. But frankly, anyone who likes flying kites should come and check the exhibit out.”

See below for all the events Jefferson will host during the festival, as well as programs by University faculty and alumni:

Kickoff Party
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bok Bar
1901 S. 9th St.

Carly Kusy: Handwoven Apparel and Textiles
Kusy is a fashion design instructor at Jefferson
Thursday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bok, Girls Gymnasium Exhibit Gallery
1901 S. 9th St.

Groundswell Lounge
Jefferson alumni Kyle Blackwell ’11 and Devyn O’Neill ’10 helped to create this installation
Thursday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m. to Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Bok, 2nd Floor
1901 S. 9th St.

Air Forms: Kites as Adaptive Surfaces
Thursday, Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. to Friday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m.
Bok, Girls Gymnasium Exhibit Gallery
1901 S. 9th St.

Art Therapy Introductory Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kanbar Performance Space, East Falls Campus

Health Design Lab Open House
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Health Design Lab, Basement Level
925 Chestnut St.

Surface Imaging Open House
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hayward Hall 002, East Falls Campus

Sustainability in Textiles
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hayward Hall 005, East Falls Campus

LiDAR in Geodesign, Architecture, Preservation and Cinema
Friday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
DEC Center, East Falls Campus

Jefferson Textile Design Open House
Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hayward Hall 005, East Falls Campus

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