This Friday, February 26th, marks the debut of The Common Seam Collective, a wonderfully talented group of five designers focused on creating textile based apparel and art that is not only innovative, but made in sustainable ways.
Founding members Gabrielle Duggan, Meghan Holliday, Liz Morrison, Amy Quinn, and Shelley Smith formed the group out of the love of the collaborative effort gleaned in the school environment, and hope to further the offerings of the group as they grow. Amy Quinn, a founding member of the collective and the director of last year’s Art to Wear fashion show, states that “we hope this collective will provide a place where fiber and textile-centric artists and designers can come together to be something better than they could be alone. With dreams of having equipment and space available for collective members, we are moving forward – reaching out into the community and trying to bring attention back to a once rich North Carolina tradition of making.”
For a city that has historically been deeply rooted in textile arts, The Common Seam Collective now joins the ranks of other great events and organizations (such as Art to Wear, FashionSPARK, and Raleigh Denim) in re-igniting the city’s passion for the industry.
The opening reception for their premier event, The Debut, opens at the LoDi PROJECT this Friday, February 26th, from 6-9. There will also be an open gallery on Saturday, February 27th from 11-4. The LoDi PROJECT is located at 1126 N. Blount Street.
For more information on collective’s goals and the designers themselves, visit The Common Seam Collective website.