The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and fellow curator Philip Fimmano are pleased to announce the creation of a new international design prize to be awarded to a textile or fashion design student who exhibits innovative thinking and inspiring creativity in textiles.

The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize honors Dorothy Waxman, the original driving force behind Trend Union and Edelkoort Inc. in the United States and contributing reporter to the magazines View on ColourTextile View and Viewpoint. Waxman’s insatiable curiosity and discerning eye for the avant-garde has inspired Edelkoort and her team for decades. Waxman also introduced the American fashion industry to European textile partners with her work at the Fashion Group. As an avid textile aficionado, she believes that creative fabrics can change the design landscape in profound ways.

Proudly supported by EDELKOORT INC. in New York, the award winner will receive a prize of US $5,000 and coverage on the online interactive trend platform, The award is part of Edelkoort and Fimmano’s TALKING TEXTILES initiative that promotes textile education, creativity and awareness.



The competition is open to students from any country currently enrolled in a textile, fashion or knitting course. The winning design will be chosen by Dorothy Waxman based on its aesthetic and creative identity. Applicants should fill in the attached form and send their entries by post or email.

Submissions deadline:       Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Award announcement:       Monday, April 13th, 2015 posted on

Submissions by email:

Submissions by post:         Edelkoort Inc.

205 East 16th Street, Suite 1A

New York     N.Y. 10003

United States

                                                                        (posted submissions & swatches will not be returned)

Lillstreet Rooftop Project Space

Call For Proposals

Download the .pdf here —> Flag Space Call for Proposals

Artists are invited to install work onto four, 9-foot flag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck and garden. Flags as well as alternative installation proposals will be considered. Work can be seen from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues.  Installations rotate monthly, May through December and work is displayed indoors prior to install date. Photo documentation will be provided to all participating artists, as well as opportunities for artist receptions. All work will be archived on the Lillstreet Art Center gallery page and in the Textile Department’s hallway gallery.

Complete applications will include the following information:

Project title & Statement

Proposal sketches

Proposed materials and construction techniques

Work dimensions

Title for the project series

Preferred installation month

Artist statement


Examples of most recent work  (jpegs or website preferred)

Deadline: February 2, 2015

Accepted proposals notified by February 10, 2015.

Awards: Best In Show ($500) and Honorable Mention ($150)

Proposals will be reviewed by Camille Canales, Director of Textile Department and Nora Renick-Rinehart, 2014-2015 Artist-in Residence

To apply, visit our Slideroom application.

Annet Couwenberg speaks about her Fellowship with the Smithsonian at the American Art Museum


Tittle: The Skeleton and the Skin at the American Art Museum.
Date and time: Wednesday 9/17 at 12 noon
Where: Archives of American Art boardroom at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Address: 8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004
Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow 2014. At the National Museum of Natural History Annet Couwenberg (Baltimore) is studying the relationship between the bone structures and the outer membranes of fish. She hopes to gain an understanding of the structural and physiological adaptations of fish and the mechanical influence of movement on their skin that will inform the animation of her three-dimensional works.