Fabric Design

Fabric Design

Overview and Facilities

The fabric design concentration introduces students to traditional fabric design techniques in combination with current innovative and non-conventional materials, forms and processes used in the design of fabric surface and structure. The fabric design concentration consists of six courses that explore a wide range of techniques, materials and processes.

  • Fabric surface design introduces dye and print techniques and ways to use these fabrics in projects such as patchwork, applique, reverse applique, quilting, and embroidery.
  • Advanced surface design explores formal, improvisational, deconstruction and photographic emulsion screening methods to create yardage and conceptual art pieces.
  • Non-woven fabric/fiber structures focuses on coiling, wet and dry felting, book making and altering, and fabric construction techniques not explored in previous courses.
  • Weaving introduces the use of looms to create fabric for a variety of purposes. Color, design and use of alternative materials are emphasized. The last two courses in the sequence allow students to problem-solve and to further study a specific fabric design medium, technique, or concept to develop a cohesive body of work.

Equipment

  • Weaving Looms
  • Bernina Sewing Machines
  • Dye Lab
  • Fiber Supply Room: threads, fabric, yarn

Faculty

Mary Ruth Smith, PhD, Professor of Art | Fiber Arts & Fabric Surface Design

Student Work

Felted fiber, thread
Felted fiber, thread
Nonwoven
Nonwoven "felted" cotton, glue transfers, thread
Fabric, thread
Fabric, thread
Pipe cleaners, fabric, threads, yarns, foam sheet
Pipe cleaners, fabric, threads, yarns, foam sheet
Fabric, dye, paint, thread, transfers, safety pins
Fabric, dye, paint, thread, transfers, safety pins
Plastic, thread
Plastic, thread
Glue transfers, fabric, dye, thread
Glue transfers, fabric, dye, thread
Glue transfers, paper, thread
Glue transfers, paper, thread
Recycled materials, plastic bags
Recycled materials, plastic bags
Glue transfers, fabric, thread
Glue transfers, fabric, thread
Silk organza, paper, thread, matte medium
Silk organza, paper, thread, matte medium
Plastic bags, thread
Plastic bags, thread
Glue transfers, thread
Glue transfers, thread
Dye, fabric, thread
Dye, fabric, thread