If you live in the New York area, or have a visit scheduled soon, make a plan to visit the Textile Arts Center. Their headquarters in Park Slope, Brooklyn is expanding next week to an all-new location in Manhattan, where they will spread their textile love even further.
According to their website, "The main goal of the Textile Arts Center is to provide support to fiber artists, and everyday people interested in working with fiber, by acting as a resource facility and creative meeting place." Currently located in a renovated sweater factory, they achieve that goal boasting classes in weaving, printing, dyeing, and sewing. I was simply amazed by the number of looms available when I first walked into the large, open space. The environment encourages creativity, while the staff is friendly and eager to talk with fellow textile entusiasts.
Founded by Visnja Popovic and Owyn Ruch, the Textile Arts Center has become an oasis of fabric creativity with artists-in-residence talks, classes, exhibitions, and even open studio time. They offer weekend intensives, and an assortment of workshops for both kids and adults. Check out their online catalog for more information of what they offer. And of course, please stop by their original location in Brooklyn at 505 Carroll Street, or visit their newest location opening next Tuesday, the 19th at 26 West 8th Street in Manhattan.