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Melina Bishop, BFA 2015
Emily Nachison, Fibers Department Head, "Garland," 2015, cast glass, leather, dyed horsehair.
Jiseon Lee Isbara, Dean of Academic Affairs/MFA in Craft faculty, "Flash Cards" (detail), 2015, stitched fabric, paper, wax, each 4” x 6”, total approx. 425 pieces.

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.

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
Jovencio de la Paz
Hannah McDevitt
Kari Merkle
Mark Newport
Portland Garment Factory
Rowland Ricketts
Liza Rietz
Textile Hive
Ben Venom
Marie Watt

Area of Study Requirements

First year - Third year
Take two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and two 300-level courses from the courses listed below.
FT111 Surface Design
FT112 Resisted Dyeing and Weaving
FT215 Survey of Wearables                                          
FT216 Dimensional Fiber Forms
FT315 Weaving: Pattern and Structure
FT318 Experimental Fashion
FT210 Papermaking

Fourth year
Take all courses listed below.
ST401 Senior Seminar I
ST402 Senior Seminar II
TH495 Thesis Studio
TH498 Thesis Studio

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The Weaving Studio has a TC1 Jacquard looma 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 Bernina Q20 Long Arm Quilting Machine, 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 the College's programs of study:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Collaborative Masters of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)

The Certificate in Craft