Fibers and Fabrics summer course open for non-majors

detail of loose yarn and the end of a yarn-wrapped knitting needle resting on a knitted background

This summer, join artist Kate Sechrist to learn Fibers and Fabrics in Art 160. This course is open to non-majors. The CRN is 30872. The five-credit class is June 26 to July 19, on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Community members and visiting students welcome

Summer Session is an open quarter; formal admission to Western is not required. This is the perfect opportunity to explore some of the great programs that Western has to offer. To register for Summer Session, you will need to complete a short application and meet some standard requirements. Learn more about summer session enrollment for community members and visiting students.

Currently enrolled students

Enrolled Western students continuing from spring: Use Web4U to confirm your registration status by navigating to Prepare for Registration. The Registration Schedule is also available below. Continuing, enrolled students registered spring quarter, do not submit the Summer Registration Application.


detail of loose yarn and knitting needles resting on a loom-woven background. Words over the image read Plaiting, Shibori, Katazome, Weaving.


Students will explore techniques of dye application, fabric manipulation, and structural processes of textile production. Lessons include contemporary and traditional fiber history. Projects will focus on the expressive and conceptual qualities of fiber media and processes with their mixed media counterparts, integrating Western and Eastern techniques and aesthetics. Topics include: tie-dying, Katazome (rice paste resist stencil dyeing), loom weaving, and others.

Kate Sechrist is an American textile artist. In 2018, she won a scholarship from the Japanese government, and spent four years participating in the lively contemporary fiber arts scene in Kyoto. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

With a delicate touch and a sense of whimsy, she uses a wide range of techniques and mediums to make transparent and lacey textile objects and installations. Her current body of work explores the intersection of text, tapestry, and transparency. What are the threads that continue to hold us together, when the shockingly fragile tool of words fail? Through weaving transparent surfaces, layering real and imaginary glyphs, and distorting text, Sechrist attempts to hold space for ambiguity as thing of wonder rather than anxiety.