Sew & Tell

Premiere DateJul 20, 2012
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Babes Icky Blossoms)
02:50 Interview with Owyn Ruck of Textile Arts Center
09:33 DJ Marie
10:32 Bedbedbedbedbed Deleted Scenes
15:22 New Found Land Montag
19:20 White Coats Foxes
23:21 DJ Marie
24:43 Interview with Owyn Ruck
35:25 DJ Marie
37:03 Minnesota, WI Bon Iver
40:49 Chicago Sufjan Stevens
46:50 No Cars Go The Arcade Fire
52:23 DJ Marie
54:04 Interview with Owyn Ruck
58:14 DJ Marie
60:00 Sparrow Voices (All Dom Wrong Remix) MNDR
66:36 Finish

“I don’t think that the fashion industry can purely become sustainable, because of the nature of fashion. It’s just continuously turning over and over and over. To me, it seems more important that people are able to change their clothes, to be updated to what they personally want, on their own. I’m not saying to stop buying, but it’s buying consciously.” – Owyn Ruck, General Manager, Textile Arts Center

On this week’s Sew & Tell, I’m joined by Owyn Ruck, co-founder and General Manager of the Brooklyn-based Textile Arts Center. Since it opened in 2009, TAC has become an indispensable part of the New York fashion, craft, and fine art community. With two facilities dedicated to educational workshops and classes, a gallery space, a resource library, and a storefront, the Textile Arts Center offers both enthusiasts and professionals an opportunity to learn more about a variety of textile-based processes, from weaving to screen printing, natural dyeing to leather work. On today’s show, Owyn will talk about the impetus for opening TAC, the structure of their Artist Residency program, her thoughts on where textiles fit into the sustainable fashion conversation, and the continued development of textile recycling.

Plus, some great music, new and old, from artists including Deleted Scenes, Foxes, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, and MNDR. All that and more, so turn it up & welcome the weekend in style on BreakThru Radio!

Textile Arts Center
(Photos courtesy of the Textile Arts Center)

Working in one of the studios

Furniture class

Work from a 2012 Artist in Residence

The Manhattan retail shop

The Shops at TAC
(Photos courtesy of the Textile Arts Center)

Gorgeous Navy Blue Floral Silk Tee from Hannah Schultz

Beautiful, airy, digital-print dress from Brittany Keats Cerullo

Totally adorable Fair Isle linen clutch from Kids In Love Collective – dyed from plant-based sources like coffee, avocado, and red cabbage!

Elegant, hand-painted Dashes Silk Scarf from Brooklyn-based designer (and Sew & Tell alum!) Leah Reena Goren

Great gift – set of 4 printed cat cards from Al Stampa

One-of-a-kind, hand-embroidered Grant Ottoman from Annie Coggan

Totally irresistible (!!) Pink Embroidery Scissors from Sublime Stitching

Owyn Dishes About A Few of Her Favorite…


*Tara St. James of Study NY
*Caitlin Mociun
*Kindah Khalidy
*Annie Larson of ALL Knitwear

Textile-centric reads:

*The work of author Lena Corwin whose “books are both inspirational and textile related. They take readers through easy-to-understand instructions, and have amazing photography and layout.”
*Ashley Rose Helvey’s blogs, both her personal, and Hunter Gatherer
*The Shiny Squirrel blog, which relates fashion, lifestyle in general, and textiles.
*Secret Little Gem, a blog by Francesca Capone (RISD grad)

(Also – be sure to check out Recycling Reconsidered by Samantha McBride, and Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline – great summertime reads!)

Summer wardrobe picks:

*White linen t-shirt
*Well-fitting high waisted shorts or maxi skirt
*Melissa rubber flats

Last, but certainly not least, be sure to visit the TAC blog for a host of other inspirational & educational delights!

Deleted Scenes
(Photo by Laura Rotondo)
July 20 – The Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY
July 21 – Red Palace – Washington, D.C.

Bon Iver
(Photo by Annah Legg)
July 22 – Palacio Euskalduna – Bilbao, Spain
July 24 – Coliseu de Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
July 25 – Oporto Coliseum – Porto, Portugal
July 27 – Poble Espanyol – Barcelona, Spain
July 30 – Theatre Antique de Fourvieres – Lyon, France
July 31 – Freilichtbuhne Killesberg – Stuttgart, Germany
Aug 1 – Vienna Arena – Vienna, Austria
Sept 10 – Hog’s Back Park – Ottawa, Ontario
Sept 12 – Providence Performing Arts Center – Providence, RI
Sept 13 – Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
Sept 15 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
Sept 16 – Mann Center for Performing Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Sept 17 – Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NY
Sept 19 – 22 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY

(Photo by Bek Andersen)
Aug 17 – Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA

Host Britt
Britt (formerly DJ Marie) has a passion for all forms of art, as well as for the creative process. She has a BA in Communications/Theater and a Post-Bacc in Photography from Maine Media Workshops. Britt began…