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.