after the jump: owyn from the textile arts center (mp3)

by Grace Bonney

For this week’s radio show, I was excited to meet and talk with Owyn Ruck, co-founder and general manager of the in New York. Amy and I have been following their work since 2009 when they opened and have been incredibly impressed with both the resources and inspiration they offer to professional fiber artists and novices (like us) alike. Owyn was kind enough to join me yesterday for a conversation about the importance of fibers and textile art, why handcrafts like this are so important right now, and where they see their organization going over the next few years.

Whether you’re a fan of textiles or new to the medium, it’s an interview worth listening to and hopefully will introduce you to some new concepts and artists to love. Thanks again to Owyn and everyone at the for their hard work. You can read about their amazing residency program , follow their fantastic blog right , check out their shop right , and order their amazing new book right . Thanks so much for listening- xo, grace

“People are really interested in doing things themselves as opposed to relying on mass production or something that feels very above them. There’s no reason we can’t make, fix, and tailor our own clothes.” — Owyn Ruck on


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  • I just took a block printing class there last week. It’s such a great concept, and to walk away from a three-hour class with new confidence in a fun skill was great. There was a group of a daughter, mom and grandma at the class, and they all had a fun time together after a day in the city – so accessible!

  • I look forward to listening! This series has been fantastic so far. Grace, you are such a natural and handle the interviews with such *ahem* grace. And although many of the interviewees have been in fields very different from my own, it’s been refreshing to still be able to relate to their insights. Thanks for the smart questions and brisk discussions!

  • I would like to echo Robin – I recently went on an ‘After the Jump’ binge and I think you are fantastic as a host! Love that you’re bringing up big issues, like diversity in design and our relationship with ‘stuff’. Great work.

    I was wondering if anyone knows what vintage fabric store ‘off the Lorimer stop’ was referred to in the podcast? I heard ‘sedalus’ but couldn’t find anything in a search. Thank you.

    One last thing – anyone in NYC interested in textiles should check out the City Quilter, a fabric store that has quilting classes and a gallery of fine art quilts.

  • Great interview (also enjoying ‘After the Jump’) and the Textile Arts Center sounds like a wonderful resource, you lucky New Yorkers!

  • I just now got a chance to listen to this and am wishing desperately that I could apply for the residency. If only they were in Berkeley …

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