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Students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of techniques, including painted and printed fabrics, various dyeing methods, photo processes, felt making, woven structures with computer-aided technology and surface embellishment.
The fibers program at ASU is committed to the exploration and advancement of innovative textile practices. Working from fundamental techniques such as weaving, dyeing, textile printing and fiber sculpture, students gain mastery of skill along with an immersion in related critical theory. Allowing for investigation into the material, political and social history of a textile can inform contemporary art practice. The professional activity of the faculty provides students with a network of outside opportunities such as assistantships, internships, scholarships, residencies and exhibitions.
The fibers facilities in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art located on the Tempe campus are designed to accommodate the technical aspects of fiber work as well as provide space for students to develop larger bodies of work. The designated studios support weaving, dye, print, sewn construction and fiber sculpture. Fiber students have full access to equipment including: a 48-by-72-inch Lawson Expo-Light exposure unit, seven large print tables, several 12, eight and four-harness floor looms, two-by-24-harness AVL compu-dobby looms, Brother and Silver Reed knitting machines, Schacht spinning wheels, numerous sewing machines and sergers.
Graduate students with fibers focus have studios in the Grant Street Studio facility in downtown Phoenix. Students enjoy individual spacious studios with natural light, wireless internet connections and flexibility to accommodate special needs and equipment. Depending upon their research agenda, graduate students have full access to looms, dye facilities and print tables, as well as all of the equipment located on the Tempe campus.
The fibers program connects the university to the community by relaying the technical, material and conceptual issues related to contemporary fibers. In lectures to community fiber guilds, including Telaraña Weavers Guild and Sun City West Weavers Guild, the students and faculty engage in local dialogues related to fiber art, offering new perspectives while learning from the strong textile traditions and practitioners native to the southwest.
Students and faculty are active throughout the valley. Beyond exhibiting their work at spaces that range from shipping containers to local museums, they organize workshops and lectures with topics rooted in textiles and expanding to their social, political and environmental context.