Campus-Wide Collaborative ‘Lace Futures’ Exhibition on Display

Ranging from elaborate fashion designs, to redesigned Ram Van stops to lace in toilet paper, students and faculty across Philadelphia University displayed their works at the Lace Futures event. The exhibit opened Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space and runs through Thursday, Feb. 26 early afternoon.

Over 200 student and faculty pieces of work are on display from Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Fashion Industry Management, Foundations and more.

“Our goal in creating the Lace Futures project was to form a common language through which our students could develop interdisciplinary collaborations,” said Marcia Weiss, assistant professor of Textile Design and co-creator of the project. “It is imperative that we work across disciplines to strengthen the educational foundation and connections that our students need to succeed.”

University faculty and students blogged their process to develop the Lace Futures exhibit

To view a photo gallery of the exhibit, go to

Lace Futures is the largest collaboration to date, crossing more disciplines, and including the widest range of students,” said Professor Hy Zelkowitz of Industrial Design, co-creator of the project.  “We are very excited about not only the Lace Futures Grand Assembly, but also the future collaborations that will develop as a result.”

The Lace Futures collaborative event precedes the opening of the exhibition Lace in Translation at The Design Center in September 2009, noted Hilary Jay, executive director of The Design Center at Philadelphia University.

Several multimedia projects were produced for Lace Futures, including a video created by industrial design student Jess Tarlecki. To view her video, go to

A documentary following the complete Lace Futures process on campus is being developed by PhilaU students and will be made available in the future.

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