Warp & Weft Sponsors FIT Student Rug Design Competition
October 24, 2011,
NEW YORK-Working with the Fashion Institute of Technology, high-end rug gallery and manufacturer Warp & Weft is sponsoring "Contemporary Creations: A Rug Design Competition" for the 24 students in the college's Custom Rug and Carpet Design course, for upper-division Textile/Surface Design Program students. The competition was the class's first assignment for the year, and the students started working on the project in September, tasked with creating a contemporary design in an open medium with complete freedom in expressing their ideas on color and pattern.
The winning designs will be announced on Nov. 4 at a special morning ceremony at the Warp & Weft Gallery on Madison Avenue. The top design will be handwoven into a 6-by-9 rug -- in Warp & Weft's signature 100 knots -- and displayed at the company's booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2012. In addition, both the first- and second-place winners will receive $500 each, and three runner-ups will receive $250 each.
Deborah Hernandez, adjunct professor and owner of The Rug Designer's Studio Inc, teaches the class. "Companies like Warp & Weft have the unique ability to provide real life experience and exposure to aspiring designers," she said. "This is truly a special opportunity, and it has been wonderful working with them on this competition."
The competition's jury includes: Annie Block, articles editor at Interior Design; Patti Carpenter, design consultant and president of Continuum Home Inc. and Carpenter + Company; Mary Foley and Michael Cox, founding principals at Foley & Cox Interiors; Carol Litt, FIT professor of Textile/Surface Design; Michael Mandapati, founder of Warp & Weft; David Mann, founding partner at MR Architecture; Rena Sussman Silverman, FIT adjunct associate professor of Textile/Surface Design and principal of Rena Sussman Designs; and Bob Zaccaria founder of Zaccaria Associates.