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ART 202(f) Intro to Textiles

Consists of an introduction to three areas of Textile Arts:
Dyeing - The natural dye, Indigo is the focus for the first four weeks. Using the resist techniques of Japan (Shibori), India (Bandani) and Africa (Adire) we explore the building of a personal zymology.
Screen Printing - using simple silk-screens and pigments we learn image building, composition strategies and conceptual image development.
Papermaking/Bookbinding - introduces both western papermaking and simple bookbinding techniques as well as altered book applications.

Prerequisites: ART 112b, ART 112c and ART 112d.


ART 384(a,b,c) Fibers

(a) Weaving: The focus for this course is on a technique I developed for teaching full weaving web designing using simple line drawings that are then translated through weave structure computer software and manipulated on the computer before warping and threading. This course includes indigo Ikat, weft brocade and 4-8 harness weave structures. Offered in the fall.

(b) Surface Design: These courses are evenly divided between free form development of imagery on fabric and repeat pattern printing. Hand print and resist methods are developed including potato dextrin, paste resists, mono printing and shibori. Photo silkscreen from development through advanced chemical tools is taught as well as both traditional and computer aided design techniques including digital printing. Offered in the spring.

(c) Special Topics in Textiles: Book arts, papermaking, felt making, basketry and sculptural fiber forms are among the topics that might be covered in this course. Check with department for specific listings.

Prequisite: ART 202f.


ART 484 Research in Fibers


Surface Design (Fall):
These courses are evenly divided between free form development of imagery on fabric and repeat pattern printing. Hand print and resist methods are developed including potato dextrin, paste resists, mono printing and shibori. Photo silkscreen from development through advanced chemical tools is taught as well as both traditional and computer aided design techniques including digital printing.

Papermaking/Bookmaking (Spring):
During the semester we explore both western and eastern papermaking techniques through purchased and gathered materials. The course includes pulp painting, sculptural processes such as paper casting and pulp spraying. A number of bookbinding forms are taught as well as the exploration of altered books.

Sculptural Fiber Forms:
Begins with basketry techniques and traditional baskets, and moves through the semester toward sculptural artwork. As in all of my courses I encourage the exploration of dual avenues of thinking, with the intent of enlarging the vision of each student and encouraging intellectual development between the fine art and craft worlds.

May be repeated up to a maximum of 12 hours.
Prerequisite: ART 384.


ART 584 Research in Fiber/Fabric

Studio course allowing individual development in fibers/fabrics leading toward development of thesis problem.

MFA candidates only.
May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.
Prerequisite: ART 484 or concurrent enrollment.


ART 585 Seminar in Fiber/Fabric

Group and individual efforts contributing points of view relating to on- and off-loom weaving and textile concepts. Criticism directed toward thesis development.

MFA candidates only.
May be repeated to a maximum of 18 hours.
Prerequisite: ART 584 or concurrent enrollment.

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