Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture, is going on right now on New York’s Governors Island to celebrate 400 years of Dutch-American friendship. NY400 Week and Holland on the Hudson host the weekend event, which runs from September 11-13 and September 18-20.

OHNY’s Executive Director, Renée, attended the opening reception last night on Governors Island and got a preview of various projects and installations. Artists and designers took over 11 of the officers’ houses at Nolan Park and each house features a different project/installation. See the full program, including a map, here.

Platform21 occupies Commanding Officer’s House 6A, demonstrating a number of experimental and creative repair techniques including “Wool Filler,” a new method to repair wool sweaters using felt. Visitors are invited to participate and actually sit down and practice how to fix holes in sweaters, which Renée tested out. Quite a useful lesson in repairing knitwear, especially in these times!

Go Slow Café: Droog with Marije Vogelzang, Rianne Makkink, Herman Verkerk and Hansje van Halem

Go Slow Café: Droog with Marije Vogelzang, Rianne Makkink, Herman Verkerk and Hansje van Halem

Tiles

Drawn from the Clay: Atelier NL

Drawn from Clay: Atelier NL

Drawn from Clay: Atelier NL

After the reception, on the ferry

After the reception, on the ferry

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