Fibers & Material Studies

Fibers and material studies practices are currently on the cutting edge of contemporary art and critical inquiry, while also representing one of the world’s longest and most accessible aesthetic traditions. Fibers and Materials Studies at Tyler School of Art emphasizes exploration of materials within a contemporary context that considers emergent and related issues of multiculturalism, technological advancement, gender, sexuality, and more. Students will examine the relationships between material, process, the maker, as well as the critical role that cloth and fiber processes play in global economic marketplace.

Students are introduced to state of the art equipment, including multi-harness handlooms and electronic looms, electronic knitting machines and embroidery machines. The department also offers digital textile printing, 3d printing, a fully equipped dye kitchen, and silkscreen lab.

Many Tyler students choose to work on the boundaries of the medium by exploring sculpture, video, performance, and installation as part of their practice. Experimenting with materials and methods is encouraged as students develop individual creative practices.

Upcoming Events

Lecture Series

  • April 13, 2015
  • 5:00pm

Play with simple electronics and the art of paper folding. We will explore various origami figures and then activate them with simple mot...

  • February 26, 2015
  • 12:30pm

Samantha Bittman is an artist based in Chicago, IL. She earned her B.F.A. in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and ...

  • February 19, 2015
  • 12:30pm

Hazel Meyer is a visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. From the monumental to the modest her projects range from large installations, t...


  • Tyler Crafts at the PMA Craft Show Nov. 12-15th

    Tyler Crafts Alumni showed their work at the The 39th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show at the Convention Center the weekend of November 12- 15, 2015 at the...

  • Beech Hall is Open for Business

    Many college students wonder where they will end up after graduating. You try to keep contact with your friends, you find a job, and you begin your life. Some might tr...

  • Tyler Alumnus Talks About His Work For Pope Francis

    A few weekends ago, Philadelphia was addressed by Pope Francis, who used his time in Philadelphia to spread messages of love and acceptance. There is a great deal of p...

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    Alumni Spotlight

    Amanda McCavour

    Amanda McCavour in her studio

    In October 2014 Amanda spent six weeks in Sackville New Brunswick completing the Open Studio Residency at Struts Gallery where she lived and worked for a month completing new work in the gallery space and displaying tests, drawings and works-in-progress. At the end of the residency she  participated as a workshop leader, panel member and speaker at the annual "Handmade Assembly" which brings together artists and curators to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions, and share in a common thread, the handmade. This fall, Amanda's work was featured in the "World of Threads Festival" in Mississauga, ON as a part of the exhibition "Strung Out and Undone" curated by Megan Price and a new series of her work was on display at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA as a a part of the exhibition "Game Changers: Fibre Masters and Innovators" from July-November 2014. Her work was published in the book Textile Art Around the world which was published in October.  More

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    November 13, 2015

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    October 21, 2015

    Please join us for the opening of Material Through Maker on October 21 from 5-6pm!

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    October 19, 2015

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    October 5, 2015

    Crafts Graduate Seminar class welcomed Curator Danny Orendorff to hear about his curatorial experience, participate in a round table disc

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    Jesse Harrod presents new work at NURTUREart. Opening on September 11, 2015 from 7-9PM.   NURTURE art Gallery 56 Bogart Street Brooklyn,

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    February 18, 2015

    Opening Reception: February 20th, 2015 from 6pm - 8pm

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    February 19, 2015

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    Samantha Bittman
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    Samantha Bittman Artist Talk

    February 26, 2015

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    Alternative Materials Student Work at the Tri-State Sustainability Symposium

    March 06, 2015

    Lori Glessner's Alternative Materials will be exhibiting work that coincides with the Tri-State Sustainability Symposium. On Friday Marc

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    February 04, 2015

    Please join us to celebrate Amy O'Neill's BFA Thesis show, At Your Disposal.

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    January 28, 2015

    Anthony Romero, "6 Collaborations" What constitutes a collaboration and what does it require? 6 collaborations is a performative lecture

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    November 10, 2014

    Work by Fiber and Material Studies Students. Curated by Sam Connors.  Opening will be held on November 16, from 6 - 8pm.

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    Fibers and Material Studies Undergradute Show

    November 05, 2014

    Please come to our opening on November 5th, from 5pm - 8pm in the Stella Elkins Gallery!

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    Abigail Satinsky

    November 20, 2014

    Abigail Satinsky is a writer, curator, and organizer. She is the associate director at Threewalls in Chicago where her work includes edit

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    Amanda McCavour, Flux, MFA Thesis Exhibition.

    March 26, 2014

    Flux:  alteration, change, flow, fluidity, instability, modification, motion, mutability, transition.

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    Sheila Pepe, Visiting Artist Lecture, Tuesday, April 1st, 6:30PM, Tyler Auditorium.

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    Brenna K. Murphy, Home Imagined (Dollhouse), 2013.
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    January 27, 2014

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