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On view May 7th – 23rd

Today’s designer faces two fundamental challenges: the expanding influence of design within society, and the growing role of technology within design. The MFA in Design and Technology program explores the social and cultural dimensions of technological change. These thesis projects exemplify mechanisms for developing strategies, knowledge organization, business structures, and social consciousness. To complement this exhibition, degree candidates will conduct a series of panel discussions and presentations covering topics such as dynamic narratives, learning systems, public interventions, and more. Screenings on Saturday, May 14th at 8pm and Sunday, May 15th at 6pm in Kellen Auditorium showcase the cinematic work emerging from this year’s thesis candidates. Additional installations are on view on the 7th floor of the adjoining 66 Fifth Ave entrance in rooms N716, N720, N818 and N822. Visit mfadt.parsons.edu for Symposium and Screening programming and to learn more about the projects.

John Patrick, known for his use of recycled and organic fabrics, told us he designed this season’s collection with old-fashioned ideals about self-sufficiency in mind.

“And yet, we really need to become the face of modernity,” he said.

Indeed, the designer found some pretty modern ways of expressing himself, teaming up with knitwear designer Amanda Henderson, filmmaker Jennifer Sharpe, and Sourcemap.org, an MIT-based Web site.

Together, they created a seamless group of handknit sweaters from local wool, mapped the details of the sweaters’ supply chain, and made a short film about it. Amanda Henderson told us about the handwork that gave the sweaters’ their rich texture, and the film and accompanying sourcemap truly does give a lovely bit of insight into the beauty beyond the surface of the textiles.