This is a Studio Elective course, open to both majors and non-majors. Fiber Studio students learn and explore a range of textile practices including embroidery, sewing, quilting, crochet and knitting, and weaving. Throughout the term, students will build skills in these basic textile practices. Incorporating “textility” into other mediums is encouraged, such as mixing stitching and painting, stitching and writing, and exploring the sculptural possibilities of textile.
The following concepts characterize the fiber arts and will be discussed and explored in practice: repetition, labor, hand versus machine, portability, utility, the relationship between thread and line, the binary between art and craft, and the gender of textiles. We will also explore how textile objects and practices have informed and might extend, reshape, or even render mute certain art-world terms like “minimalism,” “abstraction,” and “collage.” Representative artists and traditions include Sheila Hicks, the silk sari weavers of Kanchipurum, the al sadu weavers of the Gulf region, the Siddis quilters of the Gujarat, the quilters of Gee’s Bend Alabama, Ghada Amer, Faith Ringgold, The Institute for Figuring Crochet Coral Reef, Louise Bourgeois, Anni Albers, Emily Jacir, among others.