December 3 - 5, 2009
It's that time of the year again, when sustainable design is celebrated in the Big Apple. Thanks to Lisa Koenigsberg, Ph.D., the energy behind Art in Initiatives Annual Fashion Conference,this event has been going strong for 11 years straight. This year's theme, "Heirloom," brings to mind those keepsakes that were passed on in my own family...pretty cameo pin, sweet charm bracelet, vintage wool camping shirt and beaded purse collection from dandier days.
As always, a distinguished panel of fashion and jewelry world insiders and mavericks are panel guests to discuss the many facets of heirloom elements in design. Speakers include Deborah Milner, the designer who created a sensation with Aveda Ecoture collection, Deborah Linquist, designer noted for her high style eco wedding attire like this "Rose" wedding gown, Robin Renzi of Me & Ro jewelry and all the way from across the pond, Penny Walsh, founder of Dyework. The question at hand, "How do we carry on the traditions of the past while meeting contemporary challenges such as the need for conservation of the earth’s resources?"
The ultimate heirloom is the Earth itself, and attention to eco-friendly principles and practices is important to our stewardship of the planet. Concepts of fair trade and eco-consciousness and a focus in not only on design but also on the elements that go into design and the techniques used in creation will be explored.
This conference will be held at The Graduate Center City University of New York (Fifth Ave. between 34th–35th Streets). You can register on-line for this conference, or get more info by contacting Lisa Koenigsburg: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-485-1952.
See you there!