The California School of Professional Fabric Design Advocates Creative Use of Textiles in Reducing Air Pollution

BERKELEY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- Apr 09, 2012 -- The 2012 Young Architects Program, hosted by MoMA and MoMA PS1, recently announced its winner. The installation that took the prize is a temporary outdoor architectural installation that provides seating, ambiance, and water. The winners, Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner, integrated an innovative nylon fabric into the design. The California School of Professional Fabric Design believes that this unique fabric use signals that current textile designers may need to start thinking about new commercial, artistic, and architectural applications for textiles.

The nylon fabric used to cover the winning installation is coated with titanium oxide. This fabric treatment is able to neutralize air pollution. According to an article in Specialty Fabrics Review, titanium oxide has been incorporated into other outdoor materials in the past, including paving stones, paints, and coatings. This treatment is able to reduce levels of nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants.

Called "Wendy," this architectural installation will eliminate the amount of pollutants created by 260 cars. Additionally, it will blast cool air and mist to create comfortable seating for individuals in the courtyard. Music will also be played from the installation to enhance the soothing atmosphere it creates. The result is a comfortable social setting that, through the use of the titanium oxide coating, improves air quality.

The California School of Professional Fabric Design understands that this treatment of fabrics indicates a shift in how textiles are viewed. While fabrics have always been utilized in projects outside of traditional clothing practices, the combination of fabric and a pollution-reducing coating reveals the potential that textiles hold regarding future innovative projects -- environmentally-friendly projects, in particular.

"It's important that current textiles designers be aware of the impact that commercial textiles has on the environment and knowing what will be the least possible negative effects they can have on the environment," commented Zeida Rothman, Founder of the California School of Professional Fabric Design. This emphasis on environmentally-friendly products and procedures mirrors greener initiatives taken up by professionals in a variety of industries.

"Having an understanding of cleaner printing methods and selective manufacturing materials can play an increasing role in preserving our planet. There are enormous creative potentials now being developed for healthier textiles for current consumer products," said Rothman.


The California School of Professional Fabric Design offers a creative community in which students have access to state of the art facilities. The approach the school takes blends both traditional and innovative techniques, allowing students to explore the many facets of fabric design. As such, students utilize both computer-aided and hand painted designs. After completing the curriculum, students are able to seek freelance and full-time employment designing for markets such as home furnishing and apparel fabrics, linens, carpeting, rugs, gift wrap, packaging, stationary, wallpaper, and more.

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