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 . The course sequence begins with the introduction course (360); advanced level courses 361 and 367 require 360 as a prerequisite. 362 and 363 are mixed media, off-loom 3D-based and do not require 360 as a prerequisite. Instead, students need to research and develop their projects to a deeper level.
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.
ART 360 - Fibers and Fabrics I
Introduction to technical explorations of dye application, fabric manipulation, and structural process of textile production. Technical information accompanied by presentations of contemporary fiber history and issues. Specifics include: tie dyeing, Katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing), and loom weaving. All explorations to focus on the inherent expressive/conceptual qualities of traditional fiber media and processes and their mixed media counterparts. Lecture/lab.
ART 361 - Surface Design
Techniques and concepts of cloth alteration with an emphasis on surface and design. Specifics include: heat transfer dye on polyester fabric, advanced dyeing techniques on silk and screen-printing. Through traditional and contemporary fiber investigations, students will develop thematic and conceptual ideas while learning new skills and processes. Lecture/lab. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 credits, including original course.
ART 362 - Papermaking and Mixed Media
A lecture/lab course covering the history of papermaking, exploration of the traditional processes of various cultures, and contemporary applications. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects will be made utilizing a variety of materials. Specifics include: Japanese papermaking, watermarks, recycled paper, etc. Paper casting is the main 3D project. Lecture/lab. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 credits, including original course.
ART 363 - 3-Dimensional Forms in Fiber
Focuses on three-dimensional off-loom processes in fiber and material studies. Historical and contemporary applications of sandal weaving, basket making, felt making, lace making, and soft sculpture including wearable art will be explored. Integration between 2D and 3D forms will be conceptually presented through individual skills and creative ideas. Lecture/lab. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 credits, including original course.
ART 367 - Advanced Weaving
Focus on loom weaving techniques such as pattern weaving, double cloth weaving, Ikat weaving, tapestry and the AVL computer loom. Understanding woven structures and personal expression using both traditional and contemporary process as an art form will be explored. Lecture/lab. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 credits, including original course.
ART 460 - Advanced Fibers/Fabrics
Advanced problems in fiber/fabrics study. Emphasis on self-directed project development and contemporary issues in fibers/fabrics. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr.