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The Fibers/Fabrics area emphasizes art making using various textile processes, both traditional and contemporary applications. Students explore techniques and ideas inspired by the works of students and professional artists, and products from all over the world. Historical and technical information, as well as demonstrations are provided. Specific projects include: tie dyeing, Katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing), silk painting, screen printing, heat transfer, loom weaving (pattern, Ikat, tapestry), papermaking, felt-making, mixed media, installation, etc.  Some advanced students will have opportunities to explore computer weaving and other digital textile media.  Please see catalog for degree requirements and courses.


The Fibers lab is a nice bright environment with many windows and a good ventilation system.  We have 4 padded printing tables, 2 stainless steel tables, 9 floor looms and 2 AVL computer looms.   The cooking stoves and large sink with a sprayer are also part of the main facility.   Depending on the projects we will use dye mixing boxes, heat press machines, Hollander beater, paper press, pulp sprayer, sewing machines, and felt carders.  We also have special kimono stretchers for Katazome projects. 


Fibers Projects

Ten large, transparent capsules containing fabric hung from the ceiling by monofilamentniA papier mache female torse with arm over stomachthree pieces of decorated fabric - one yellow with red pattern, one with a wheel-like blue pattern, one pale blue with red rectangles.two dress dummies in a display, one gold, one blue. Display is done like a fanciful aquarium with fish overhead and structures that appear to be coral.students receiving instruction from fiber arts Professor Seiko Purduea student poses in a heavily textured and patterned of students poses in a line in costumes made of found or recycled materialsgroup of students work around a large table handling tufts of fluffy fiberous materiala felted gray mask worn over the head. Appears to be saber-tooth tiger.several fiber arts projects including a rainbow patterned quilt.student hand stencils fabric at a large tablethree pictures collaged together of students working in the fiber arts studioinverted pyramid of fabric hung from ceiling, illuminated from within. Person stands under.students work at looms in the fiber arts studiostudents submerge fabric stretched on frame into a tank of liquid on the floorstudents laminate leaves and petals into wax paperstudents pound wet fiber into pulp with a mallet