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JLA Fabrics, a textile designer and producer, announced that it is unveiling its new Curate Collection at ITA Showtime, Dec. 2-5.
 
The Curate Collection debuts at ITA Showtime with two upholstery fabrics inspired and designed from paintings by local artists at The Arc of High Point’s Creative Arts Studio, a High Point, N.C.-based advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 
“The collaboration between JLA Fabrics and The Arc of High Point is new for both of us, and this season’s introductions are just the beginning of our vision to spotlight truly inspiring art from local talent,” said Mike Grimsley, vice president of sales for JLA Fabrics.
 
Curate premieres with a few fabrics this season, including Impasto and Convex. Named for the process or technique of layering paint on thickly, Impasto was designed from the artwork of Brandi and will be offered in seven color ways. Convex will be available in eight color ways and originates from the artwork of Melissa, whose painting was done in black and white.
 
“We appreciate JLA Fabric’s recognition of our artists, who enjoy art as a way of expressing themselves without words and through paint and canvas,” said Stephanie Antkowiak, executive director of The Arc of High Point. “Seeing the artwork produced in a fabric and realizing that someone may choose it for their home is beyond our dreams.”
 
The idea to collaborate with The Arc of High Point came from JLA Fabric’s director of design and product development, Allison Hocker, who joined the company last year. She and JLA Fabric’s co-director of design, Alana Hernandez, visited The Arc of High Point, reviewed the work of several artists to get a feel for their style and preferred techniques, and then offered some art direction for the commissioned artwork.
 
“We see Curate as more than just a fabric collection. It represents the power of art to express oneself and highlights how the Arc of High Point serves our local community through its Creative Arts Studio and numerous other programs,” said Hocker. “This is not a one-time collaboration with The Arc of High Point but the start of a relationship and growing collection that is about more than fabric and furniture.”
 
JLA Fabrics will feature Curate in an art gallery presentation during Showtime at the front of its showroom on the 9th floor of Market Square Textile Tower.
 
 

More about JLA Fabrics: JLA Fabrics is a cutting-edge design house and producer of decorative fabrics to the home furnishings industry. Its product development, design and sales teams are located in High Point, N.C., with headquarters in Fremont, Calif., as a division of global brand E&E Co., Ltd.
 
More about the Arc of High Point: The Arc of High Point advocates for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all areas of their daily lives. The organization assists their families in education, housing, employment, recreation, financial advocacy and inclusion in the community. The Arc of High Point also works to educate the community on the importance of accepting, welcoming and having high expectations for people with different abilities
 

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