Symposium on Sustainability: Discount ends Today


Initiatives in Art and Culture
New York, NY
Heirloom: Style, Material, and Sustainability
December 3 – December 5, 2009

Fee: The conference fee is $350; an early registration discount of $250 is available through
November 17, 2009. A discounted rate of $125 is available for
full-time students with ID.

The 11th Annual New York Fashion and Design Conference considers the link between sustainability and stewardship as embodied in the broad concept of “Heirloom,” the process whereby one generation’s creations become the valued patrimony of those that follow. Our examination will be inclusive, focusing not only on objects that are traditionally conceived of as heirlooms such as watches, wedding gowns, and jewelry, but also on the materials used to create them (fibers, for example) and on other, less obvious heirlooms (fragrance, for example). Eco-consciousness, differing approaches to the transmission of craft, and fair trade are considered, as is the notion that enduring design and craft are a form of preservation.

Linking all are rituals that transform materials and objects into heirlooms. The ultimate heirloom is the Earth itself, and attention to eco-friendly principles and practices is important to the custodianship that heirloom status implies and requires. We consider a central question for the 21st century: How do we carry on the traditions of the past while meeting contemporary challenges such as the need for conservation of the earth’s resources?

A distinguished group of insiders and mavericks from the worlds of fashion and jewelry consider melding the best of the past and our obligations to the future. Evening events complement formal sessions.

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To register by mail return form at least 10 days before the conference start date with a check or money order payable to Initiatives in Art and Culture or complete the credit card information on the form, and mail to Initiatives in Art and Culture, 333 East 57th Street, Suite 13B, New York, NY 10022

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