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Sister Parish Design partners with Parsons MFA Textiles

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Sister Parish Design is partnering with Parson School of Design’s MFA Textiles programme. Students from the MFA Textiles programme at Parsons will work on a range of innovative and sustainable design concepts for products including wallcoverings and fabrics, and new processes to repurpose and reduce waste. They will also study the role of craft locally.

“Parsons is proud to collaborate with Sister Parish Design on this `real-world’ project that will give our students the ability to research, innovate, and propose new concepts and ideas to one of the world’s most iconic design brands,” said Preeti Gopinath, MFA Textiles programme director. “We are grateful to Sister Parish Design for the opportunity this provides to our graduate students, which will allow them to gain professional experience and learn valuable insights about the textile industry.”

The MFA Textiles programme is centred around the intersectionality of craft, technology, beauty and sustainability. Through the partnership with Sister Parish Design, students will investigate and explore the role of craft locally, research the global history of craftsmanship, and discover how new innovations and technology are influencing the field. Students will also examine materials and new uses for textiles, and what permanence and sustainability means with regards to wallpaper and other home textiles.

During the course, students will research, ideate, virtually visit factories, and hear from leading textile experts and designers. Students will also have the opportunity to create prototypes of their designs, move into sample development, and potentially have Sister Parish Design bring their products to market.

Henry Parish (Sister Parish) is considered to be the last of America’s grande dame decorators. While best known for decorating the White House for Jackie Kennedy, Sister Parish originated the American Country look, one of the most enduring decorative styles of the twentieth century. Revived in 2000 by Sister Parish’s granddaughter and great granddaughter, Sister Parish Design is an American heritage design brand owned and operated by women that began with the goal of resurrecting the prints and wallpapers that Henry Parish loved.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)



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