Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
In October of 2014 Kordal became a venture fellow at the BF+DA.
"The BF+DA is a new initiative launched by Pratt Institute providing over 21,000 square feet of 21st century production and work space where NYC designers/makers grow their start-ups into viable businesses, integrating local manufacturing and an ethical supply chain into their bottom line.
The BF+DA is a hub for ethical fashion and design. The BF+DA provides its Venture Fellows and Members access to on-site business mentorship, small-run apparel production, no minimum knitting services, digital fabrication services, showroom space and retail sites. The BF+DA offers sustainable strategies consulting, materials sourcing and links to existing NYC manufacturers."
They curate educational programs and events that explore the future of production, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and technology. Engaging leaders and change agents across industries and communities of practice in the co-creation of new knowledge and critical ideas.
The Textile Arts Center
In 2013 Mandy Kordal participated in the Artist in Residency program at the Textile Arts Center. After completing a year-long residency she participated along with other artists in residence in a group exhibition at the Invisible Dog Gallery in Brooklyn. She has actively continued her relationship with TAC and currently teach machine knitting classes on a freelance basis.
"Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based 501(c)3 resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven -- common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture."