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Fiber & Textiles

​Students within Fiber and Textiles acquire technical and conceptual skills to create objects informed by materiality, purpose and the sense of touch. A wide range of technical processes and topics include weaving, dyeing, screen printing, embellishment, surface design, felting, sewing, quilting, garment construction, knitting, crochet, laser cutting, digital print and pattern design.

Students are encouraged to discover new ways of working through material experimentation. With the guidance of faculty, students develop an individualized language of color, pattern, and texture both planar and sculptural in form. Traditional and non-traditional methods of creation and an interdisciplinary approach to technology (fabrication and production) are integrated into the program.

Many Fiber and Textiles graduates go on to work as textile designers or color and material designers for large corporations or small studios, while others create artisanal craft objects or fine art. Students develop a strong understanding of the field and its connections to art and industry as critical thinkers, artisans, and creative problem solvers.

CAREER CHOICES

Textile Designer
Print and Pattern Designer
Surface Designer
Color and Trim Designer
Color, Material, Finishes (CMF) Designer
Colorist
Material Designer
Soft Goods Designer
CAD Artist
Fine Artist

Featured Alumni

'04

Golnaz Armin

VP Footwear Material Innovation
Nike

'11

Sarah Bickmann

Designer
Carhartt

'18

Abraham Buddish

Designer
Brentano Fabrics

'19

Feather Chiaverini

MFA Candidate
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture

'16

Julia Kartush

Senior Textile Designer and Color Analyst
Arden Companies

'18

Deja Milany

MFA Candidate
Cranbrook Academy of Art

'16

Neela Najjar

Costume & Fashion Designer
Seamstressbee

'99

La Shirl Turner

Design Chief – Head of Advanced Color & Materials
Stellantis