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

  • October 02, 2015
  • 9:00am

Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr...

  • November 01, 2015
  • 11:45pm

Priority deadline for Transfer applicants applying for the Spring 2016 semester. Please go to the following link for information regardin...

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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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March 06, 2015

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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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Anthony Romero, 6 Collaborations Lecture

January 28, 2015

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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

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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, Visiting Artist Lecture

January 27, 2014

Brenna K. Murphy is a Philadelphia-based artist who creates work with her own hair.  Reflecting on the objects found in domestic spaces,

Jenny Sabin knit installation.
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Jenny Sabin + Knit Lab Reception, Friday, January 31, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

January 31, 2014

This Friday we celebrate the completion of Jenny Sabin's new work after Chreods. Sabin is an architect, laboratory researcher, and educat

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Natural Dyeing with Common Plants Workshop (2/2)

October 22, 2013

Please join us for a Natural Dyeing with Common Plants workshop.  We will visit the Temple Community Garden where the Fibers and Material


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