New York based artist and designer Liz Collins creates groundbreaking structural and surreal designs using machine knitting. Her latest exhibit, “The Void,” examines fashion consumption and includes pieces that range in scale from long, hanging wall pieces to sculptures to clothing. To accompany the exhibit, Collins has created a limited-edition capsule collection of unisex sweaters that will be available at a trunk and sample sale this Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Textile Arts Center in Manhattan.

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Liz Collins has been in the fashion world for years, but recently returned to her own work after a seven-year hiatus working for other designers and teaching at RISD. Collins has long been dedicated to contributing to the sustainability conversation surrounding waste and consumption. For instance, her 2005 KNITTING NATION installation and performance project featured a small army of uniformed knitters who operated knitting machines to quickly build large-scale installations. It was shown at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston and the Tang Museum.

“The Void” celebrates Collins’ return to creating her own designs that challenge viewers to re-consider consumption patterns. Huge wall hangings cover the brick interior of the Textile Arts Center in Manhattan and a heap of colorful machine knit pieces sit piled up on the floor prompting thoughts about production, quantity and scale.

The capsule collection that forms part of “The Void” features a variety of loosely fitting sweaters, all of which were created in Peru and will be available for pre-order. Those who are able to attend the trunk and sample sale will also be surprised by the treasure trove of unique designs. Wearable pieces made from re-purposed materials such as post-consumer garments and knit embellishments will be available to try on as well as one-off experiments and select items from Collins’ archive. In fact, many of the designs for the capsule collection are actually recycled from their first versions proving that fashion can be timeless. Collins explains, “What was once interesting, high quality and well designed is always that way. This is what good design is about, regardless of the product.”

The internationally recognized artist has shown during New York Fashion Week and will be on hand on Saturday for the trunk and sample sale. Don’t miss your chance to meet Collins, make her unique designs a part of your long-term wardrobe and ask her any burning questions related to fashion and sustainability! The trunk and sample sale takes place at the Textile Arts Center on 26 West 8th Street in Manhattan this Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 12-5pm.

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