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.


  • Center for the Arts Students Begin Scholarship Campaign

    There is a scholarship fund on the horizon for students who have a creative voice that needs to be heard.  The Dean’s Student Advisory Committee of the Center of the ...

  • A Big Warm Welcome to Jesse Harrod, New Fibers and Material Studies Department Head

    The Fibers and Material Studies Program welcomes Jesse Harrod as Department Head! Originally from Toronto, Jesse has an MFA from the department of Material Studies fro...

  • Tyler Alum Sienna Martz featured in major museum in Seoul, South Korea

    Sienna Martz, 23, a recent honors graduate of the Tyler School of Art, is one of an international roster of 21 artists invited to exhibit their "wearable art " next mo...

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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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    November 10, 2014

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    Fibers and Material Studies Undergradute Show

    November 05, 2014

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    October 10, 2014

      Friday, October 10th (12 - 7 p.m.) & Saturday, October 11th (12 - 5 p.m.) Shop handmade goods. See demonstrations. Make somet

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

    April 01, 2014

    Born Morristown, NJ, Sheila Pepe lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Since 1994 Pepe has had numerous solo exhibitions at venues throughout

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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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    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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    Brenna K. Murphy, Visiting Artist Lecture

    January 27, 2014

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    Unfolding, MFA Fiber & Material Studies Exhibition
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    Unfolding, MFA Fiber & Material Studies Exhibition.

    November 06, 2013

    Opening Reception: Thurs. Nov. 7th 7-9pm Don't miss the MFA Open Studio: Sat. Nov. 9th 4-8pm

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    Re-threads, an exhibit featuring found, recycled, and industrial materials.

    October 23, 2013

    Wednesday, October 23rd – Wednesday, October 30th Opening reception: Wednesday, October 23rd, 5-6pm  As part of Sustainability Week at T

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    Natural Dyeing with Common Plants Workshop (2/2)

    October 22, 2013

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