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The Fibers program focuses on the creative exploration of printed, woven and non-woven and three-dimensional fibers. Investigations of concepts are explored through imagery, pattern, design, texture and material exploration. Students are introduced to a wide variety of processes and expected to investigate at least one area in sufficient depth to create a strong body of work.

Visiting artists and designers regularly give public lectures and conduct workshops. Students may also join the Fibers Guild, a student-run organization that sponsors exhibitions, lectures, workshops and field trips.


Brooks Harris

Fibers Facilities

The equipment is superb: multi-harness floor looms, including two computer-interfaced looms and two TC-1 electronic hand jacquard looms, drum carders, large padded print tables, exposure unit for silk screens, darkroom, large vertical steamer, networked computers, printers for printed fabric design, scanner, basic sewing machines and one industrial sewing machine and a heat press. The dye facility is well ventilated with ample sinks, sprayer, washer, dryer and refrigerator; dye mixing hood and large drying area with floor drain.

Fibers Courses

ARTS 240 Introduction to Fibers

An introduction to fibers focusing on a broad range of fiber processes and techniques including surface design, weaving and three-dimensional fibers. This course will introduce a contemporary approach to the fibers field, which will emphasize fundamental fiber processes and the creative development of ideas. (Formerly ART 235)

Prereq: ARTS 121, ARTS 122, and department permission

ARTS 340 Weaving

An investigation of intermediate weaving class focusing on concepts using woven structures to explore historical and contemporary weaving. Fabrics will be investigated and created on the floor loom, which will be used as a tool for personal expression. (Formerly ART 355)

Prereq: ARTS 240, ARTS 290, passed foundation review, and department permission

ARTS 341 Intermediate Surface Design: Screen Printing

Intermediate fibers class focused on developing concepts through technical and creative solutions utilizing a broad range of materials and techniques. The techniques will range from low-tech to complex applications incorporating transparent and opaque textile pigments, thickened dye and discharge pastes. (Formerly 356)

Prereq: ARTS 240, ARTS 290, passed foundation review, and department permission

ARTS 441 Digital Printing for Fibers

Advanced Fibers class focusing on digital printing onto a variety of fabrics using digital photography and computer programs as a tool for further manipulation. The investigation of concepts and use of pattern, imagery and meaning onto fabrics will further transform and manipulate the fabric surface. (Formerly ART 450)

Prereq: ARTS 340, ARTS 341, and department permission

ARTS 443 Advanced Fibers

The primary focus is on developing a strong body of work created by using fiber or fiber related techniques culminating in portfolio development. (Formerly ART 455)

Prereq: ARTS 340, ARTS 341, and one of the following ARTS 440, ARTS 441, or ARTS 442, and department permission; Co-reqs: ARTS 490W

ARTS 440 Three-Dimensional Fibers

Three-dimensional Fibers will focus on the investigation of traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional fiber processes using a broad range of materials and processes. Sculptural approaches to fiber structures will be enhanced through an investigation of material and concept exploration. (Formerly ART 458)

Prereq: ARTS 240 and department permission; Concurrent-prereqs: ARTS 340

ARTS 490W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career. This course fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission

ARTS 442 Embellished Surfaces

This class introduces many different forms of embellishing that enhance a wide variety of surfaces. Processes will include: appliqué, reverse appliqué, beading, hand and machine sewing all on a variety of constructed surfaces. The course challenges students to develop concepts and ideas that expand the traditional boundaries of embellishment.

Prereq: ARTS 240, ARTS 290, passed foundation review, and departmental permission