JUNE 6 - 9TH 2016
Each year FIT puts on a SUMMER INSTITUTE which includes four days of speakers, panels and hands on workshops revolving around an annual theme, this year it is Systems Disruption.
For the first time FIT have added an optional fifth day of site visits.
The opening speaker this year is Simone Cipriani of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, who will be speaking about African Artisanship.
Day one is devoted to Artisanship, with Simone's talk followed by a panel on the Artisan Economy with Peggy Clark of the Artisan Alliance and Rebecca van Bergen of Nest, another panel on American Craftsmanship, and two hands on workshops one of traditional indigo Boro repair and the other on nuno felting.
Day two focuses on Disruptors with panels on Challenging the System, the Hidden Price Tag and Cultural Appropriation. Speaker highlights include Kirsten Brodde, the lead researcher for Greenpeace's DETOX reports, and Oskar Metsavaht, Creative Director of OSKLEN.
Day three focuses on supply chain with panels on transparency and another on indigo, followed by a workshop by Rebecca Earley of the MISTRA Project and Textile Futures at Chelsea College of Art and Design, presenting on circular textile speeds.
Day 4 focuses on materials with presentations by Giusy Bettoni of C.L.A.S.S. from Milan and Jennifer Gilbert from iCollect, as well as Amanda Parkes of Manufacture New York and Suzanne Lee of Modern Meadow, to name just a few, with panels on Recycled Materials, Sustainable Denim and Future Materials, finishing with a hand on workshop on growing textiles.
Day 5 is the optional extra site visits, finishing up with a closing social at NUDIE Jeans in the Bowery.
Tickets are selling fast here.