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Immerse yourself in the conceptual, visual and physical attributes of fiber. Explore the communicative nature of fiber materials contextualized within the global history of textiles, identity, community practice, contemporary art and craft.

We are concerned with the technical application of Fibers techniques, as well as the conceptual, interdisciplinary and experimental possibilities of the medium. You will work with a wide range of textile construction, surface techniques, and processes and will be encouraged to explore and push the boundaries of your work.

Will Moss, MFA in AC+D 2016, on left                                                                                        
Molly Eno, BFA 2015, on right

Emily Nachison, Interim Department Head
Judilee Fitzhugh
Jiseon Lee Isbara
Shelley Socolofsky

Visiting Artists
Sonja Dahl
Suniti Dernovsek
Duchess Clothier
Liz Ensz
India Flint
Britt Howard
Noriko Kikuchi
Hannah McDevitt
Portland Garment Factory
Ben Venom
Marie Watt

Course Descriptions
FT 111 Surface Design
FT 112 Resisted Dyeing and Weaving
FT 215 Survey of Wearables                                          
FT 216 Dimensional Fiber Forms
FT 315 Weaving: Pattern and Structure
FT 318 Experimental Fashion
FT 210 Papermaking

The Weaving Studio has a 12’ Shannock Tapestry loom, twenty-six Macomber AD-A-Harness jack style floor looms, two AVL CompuDobby looms, computers for drafting, and an extensive yarn collection. The construction studio consists of felting and spinning tools, two sergers, vintage leather sewing equipment, and 18 sewing machines, including three Janome Magnolia 7330s, three Janome 1600 P machines, five Pfaff 1220 Series machines, six Pfaff Hobby Series machines, and one Bernina 1620 quilting machine. The Surface Design and Dye Studio contain padded print tables, equipment and materials for various applications such as painting, and silk screen printmaking, resist dyeing-batik, and shibori. The Dye Studio is fully equipped for chemical and natural dye processes, and the papermaking studio is outfitted for Western and Eastern papermaking, including a David Reina Hollander beater.

Learn more about programs of study:

Undergraduate programs
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft

The Certificate in Craft
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)

Graduate programs
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Collaborative Masters of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design