The Residence at 310-312 Sampsonia Way
February 25 panel discussion; on view through March 3
7 p.m.

A new series of contemporary art residencies taking place in the Mexican War Streets is kicking off with a multimedia eco-fashion exhibition and panel discussion featuring the work of Tereneh Mosley.

TomonTote. Model: Jazmin. Photo by Tereneh Mosley.
TomonTote. Model: Jazmin. Photo: Tereneh Mosley.

Setting up shop at The Residence—thanks to support from Mattress Factory President and Co-director Barbara Luderowski—the recently launched series is bringing interdisciplinary arts programs to 310-312 Sampsonia Way. Throughout 2016, a select group of curators and cultural producers will participate in a collaborative residency with Pittsburgh-based artist and fashion educator Casey Droege which will culminate in an exhibition, lecture or creative program.

OMWA members sketching in the studio in Olorgesailie Kenya. Photo by Tereneh Mosely.
OMWA members sketching in the studio in Olorgesailie Kenya. Photo: Tereneh Mosely.

Fresh off the heels of debuting her new collection at New York Fashion Week, artist, designer, educator and Pittsburgh native Tereneh Mosley will share her work and creative practice with Pittsburgh audiences during a multimedia exhibit and a creative design panel taking place on Thursday, February 25th from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Creative director of the global eco-design company, Idia’Dega: Elegant Ethical Apparel—which she founded in 2008— Mosely premiered her Autumnal Fall 2016 Collection on February 10th at Brooklyn’s Warehouse Gallery during New York Fashion Week.

In addition to showcasing her fall fashions, the selection at The Residence features Mosely’s solo and collaborative work, along with photography and videos.

Photo by Tereneh Mosely
Idia’Dega at The Residence. Photo: Tereneh Mosely.

Featured are sustainable fashion and accessories from Tomon:10—Idia’Dega’s first collection created in partnership with the Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya. Design pieces include a clutch inspired by a Maasai men’s tote bag used while herding livestock over long distances, a traditional Maasai cuff bracelet, a Tomon necklace and more.

Also on view is Mosely’s Eni:Hers Spring 2016 collection, which received support from The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments’ Advancing Black Arts Program.

During Thursday’s panel discussion, Mosely and Droege will be joined by multimedia producer Njaimeh Njie, architect John Barbera, art historian and author Kilolo Luckett, Land Art Generator Initiative founders Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, and Mecca of Kulture Art Gallery director Errol “Mobutu” Reynolds. Panelists are inviting the community to discuss the question: “What is native or born of/by the culture of Pittsburgh, and how does it influence art, music, architecture, public policy and life?”

The exhibition will be open to the public starting at noon on Thursday Feb 25th. Idia’Dega at The Residence is also open by appointment through March 3rd. To schedule an appointment contact:

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in February feature.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.