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.