Celebrate NYC Textile Month with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center! Join us on Saturday, September 15 at Brooklyn’s Industry City, 220 36th Street, for design workshops. We invite all audiences to come gain exposure to design and the design process. No prior experience with design is needed to participate.


12:00 pm–2:00 pm: Textile Design Workshop— Explore color and pattern

Participants will play with color, pattern and other design elements to design textiles with San Francisco-based designer PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Cynthia Alberto, Founder and Director of Weaving Hand. This is a free event and offered on a first-come, first-served basis to audiences of all ages. Children must be over the age of 5 to participate.

This event is free. Registration is not required.

2:30–3:00 pm: Cooper Hewitt Conversations

Join Cooper Hewitt curator Matilda McQuaid in conversation with PJ Gubatina Policarpio to discover how the rich history of textiles informs current techniques and innovations. Geek out on the past, present, and future of textile design! This is a free event and offered on a first-come, first-served basis to audiences of all ages.

This event is free, but RSVP is recommended. RSVP here.

3:00–4:00 pm: Textile Design workshop— Explore weaving techniques

Make your own textile with San Francisco-based designer PJ Gubatina Policarpio and  Cynthia Alberto, Founder and Director of Weaving Hand! Learn the traditional indigenous back strap weaving technique, and leave with your own sample weaving. All materials will be provided. Recommended for audiences 18 years and older. Registration is required. $30 General Admission; $20 Cooper Hewitt Member, Student, Educator; $10 Seniors.

This workshop is AIA CES Registered and IDCEC Approved.





Registration required. Register here. 

PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is a San Francisco-based artist, educator, curator, programmer, writer and community organizer. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, writing, collaboration, programming, publications, pedagogy and public engagement as both art and tool. PJ creates intersections for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. His publication Textiles of the Philippines is in the collection of The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


MATILDA MCQUAID is Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.  McQuaid oversees one of the premier textile collections in the world—including more than 26,000 textiles produced over 2,000 years. She has organized nationally and internationally acclaimed architecture and design exhibitions with accompanying publications including “Josef + Anni Albers: Designs for Living” (2004), “Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance” (2005), “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” (2011), “Tools: Extending Our Reach” (2014), and “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse” (2016). She is currently working on Nature: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial which will open in May 2019.  Formerly at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) for fifteen years where she curated over thirty exhibitions, she is also an accomplished author and editor on art, architecture, and design, with many books, exhibition catalogues and articles to her credit.


Industry City programming made possible by Jamestown.