Fibers & Material Studies

January 30, 2017

Penland Summer Scholarship Talk with Neil Patterson

Author: Dennis Ritter

Please join Tyler Ceramics on Wednesday February 1st at 3pm in the Ceramics Piazza for a talk focused on scholarship opportunities at the Penland School of Craft. Neil Patterson, co-founder of Neighborhood Potters in Philadelphia, will talk about the various opportunities for students in multiple disciplines to attend workshops at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Neil will also speak about opportunities at other craft centers, including Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and the Haystack School of Craft.  Read More

October 22, 2015

Tyler Alumnus Talks About His Work For Pope Francis

Author: Kylie Doyle

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 preparation that goes into the appearances of Pope Francis, and one of those is the making of the vestments that he wears. Father Vincent Crosby, a man of faith and an alumnus of Tyler, is the creator of these fabrics. I was fortunate enough to speak with him about his history, process, and current work. Read More

October 5, 2015

Curator Danny Orendorff, Guest Lecture

Author: Ajay Leister

Crafts Graduate Seminar class welcomed Curator Danny Orendorff to hear about his curatorial experience, participate in a round table discussion and engage in individual studio visits. Some information about Danny taken from his website Hello, I’m Danny Orendorff. Read More

October 5, 2015

Olivia Valentine, Artist Lecture & Bobbin Lace Demo

Author: Ajay Leister

The Fibers and Materials Studies department welcomed Olivia Valentine to give a lecture about her work and demonstrate on the process of bobbin lace To see Olivia's work please visit her website: Read More

September 9, 2015

Jesse Harrod: Low Ropes Course Opening

Author: Ajay Leister

Jesse Harrod presents new work at NURTUREart. Opening on September 11, 2015 from 7-9PM.   NURTURE art Gallery 56 Bogart Street Brooklyn, NY On view September 12 - October 11. Read More

October 1, 2014

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

Author: Ajay Leister

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 from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She has been writing and making work that employs traditional and contemporary craft and sculptural practices with a focus on craft as "other" and how this pertains to queer theory as well as second and third wave feminism. Jesse is a fresh breath of Canadian air and we are thrilled to be working with her. Read More

September 26, 2014

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

Author: Kari Scott

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 month in "Wearable Art: Inspiration in Thread" in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea. After the artist was awarded a grant from the director of the museum, Dr. Young Yang Chung of the Seol Won Foundation, Martz spent over 500 hours for a year and a half creating the magnificent hand dyed gown. "My goal was to find inspiration in the Asian classic, traditional designs of the museum's permanent collection and direct that inspiration towards a modern gown," Martz explains. Read More

July 8, 2014

Tyler Fibers and Material Studies Students Receive Outstanding Student Awards

Author: Kari Scott

Tyler undergraduate (BFA) Abigail Potts and graduate (MFA) Amanda McCavour both received the 2014 Outstanding Student Award from the Surface Design Association. This honor is awarded to students nominated by their instructors who have created a cohesive and professionally accomplished body of work and demonstrated inventive and innovative uses of technique, materials and/or concepts.  Students who receive this award have shared their knowledge generously with other students in their programs. They were nominated by their faculty.   Abby Potts uses embroidery and weaving to create portraiture from images chosen for personal significance and visual appeal. She commemorates these people in the moment and express emotion through pattern and color. Read More


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