Sustainable and Creative Approaches: Textile and Clothing Design by Christina Kim and dosa – Pre-Symposium Workshop

dosa, downtown Los Angeles
September 10, 2014

Location: dosa, downtown Los Angeles

Limited to 50 participants

Workshop Description

Enjoy a day in downtown Los Angeles exploring the world of dosa with designer, Christina Kim, as she offers an inside look at their line of beautiful and sustainable clothing and textiles, from concept to production. An established company of 30 years, dosa draws from many resources and cultures from around the world, including India and Oaxaca. Traditional techniques and materials are utilized creatively and pushed beyond their expected application in ways that inspire. Christina works with local artisans, for whom she is able to provide sustainable livelihoods by engaging in long term, interactive relationships and paying fair wages. We will discuss and explore ideas of sustainability, and in keeping with the conference theme, examining the past and creating the future. How to incorporate creative and sustainable production into a design business model for today’s economy?

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We will tour the “factory,” see the design and production of the collection, and learn about dosa’s philosophy – to consume less and cherish more – a recycling sensibility instilled in Christina as a child in post-war Korea. We will meet all people involved in the company, from factory to office. After a light lunch and celebratory presentation of “30 years of dosa” by Christina, we will have the special opportunity to meet Gasali Onireke Adeyemo, a Nigerian dye master from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and regular collaborator with dosa since 2010. Adeyamo will demonstrate Yoruban indigo dye techniques.
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Workshop Leader

Christina Kim received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington under the mentorship of painter Jacob Lawrence. She is a designer whose work emphasizes the process of making and the handmade. In 1984, she started dosa, a clothing, accessories, and housewares company based in Los Angeles. Widely recognized for her global and sustainable design practices, Christina was named by TIME Magazine as one of its Innovators of the Year in 2003 and received the “Innovation in Craft” Award by Aid to Artisans in 2006. Her techniques and reuse of materials have included a 26-meter tall theater curtain for the 60th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin-Marzahn, Germany in 2010; and “Snow Country,” an 18-window installation for Maison Hermès in Tokyo, Japan in 2013. See

Workshop organizer Ruth Katzenstein Souza is a TSA member/advisor, and president of greenscreen, an architectural trellising system for vertical greenery. She also maintains an independent textile studio in Los Angeles.

This is a pre-symposium workshop. To register you will first need to register for TSA’s biennial symposium in Los Angeles.