Fibers & Material Studies

Fibers & Material Studies practices are 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 & Material Studies at the Tyler School of Art emphasizes the exploration of materials in both their traditional and contemporary contexts, and in relation to wide-ranging issues of technological development, the transnational circulation of culture, race and multiculturalism, gender, sexuality, and class, among others. Students examine the relationships between materials, processes, and conceptual exploration, as well as the critical role that cloth and fiber play in the global economic marketplace. 

Undergraduate students are introduced to state of the art equipment, including a Jacquard Loom, multi-harness floor looms and electronic looms, knitting machines, and embroidery machines. The department also offers digital printing, a fully equipped dye kitchen, and screen-printing lab. Many Tyler students choose to work at the edges 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.

The Graduate program in Fibers & Material Studies allows for time and space to develop a rigorous studio practice. With guidance from our diverse faculty, students work independently to develop a practice grounded in a conceptual awareness of key discourses within the critical study of fibers and materials, such as labor, economy, globalization, cultural appropriation, Do-it-Yourself and sustainability, gender and feminism, and women’s global and historical role in textile production. In conjunction with a committee of advisers that students select from across the university, students meet one on one to develop their work and receive critical feedback. Students are also expected to take Art History classes and seminars that engage emerging topics in the field, the broader art world, and social and political inquiry. Students have opportunities for teaching assistantships, hosting visiting artists, and participation in our Jacquard Artist-in-Residence Program. Our program embraces a broad definition of material exploration, from more traditional ways of making, to community-based projects, to experimental performance, sound, and video work. 

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • April 05, 2018
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Thursday April 5 at 11am in Fibers 250 Sujan Chitrakar is a Nepalese artist who currently is the Academic Program Coordinator and an Assi...

  • April 05, 2018
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Sujan Chitrakar is a Nepalese artist who currently is the Academic Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor for Kathmandu Universit...

News

  • Tyler Carnival Succeeds Yet Again

    With the school year coming to an end, students have been looking for ways to unwind and celebrate completed projects, finished finals and for some, graduation. The Ty...

  • Yvonne Lung Residency

    Yvonne spent this past summer as the Social Practice Lab Artist-in-Resident at Asian Arts Initiative. Working with the North Chinatown community in Philadelphia, she w...

  • Adjunct Liene Bosque in Land Marks exhibition at Brooklyn Art Cluster

    See Liene's work in the Land Marks exhibition at the Brooklyn Art Cluster and more of her work here. ...

  • Undergraduate
  • BFA in Fibers & Material Studies with Entrepreneurial Studies

    In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple, Tyler School of Art offers BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies for all BFA major disciplines. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies is a 126 credit degree program integrating the disciplin... More More about BFA in Fibers & Material Studies with Entrepreneurial Studies

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    Angela Drakeford

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    We are excited to announce that MFA '17 Angela Drakeford has accepted a one year full-time teaching appointment at MassArt in the Fibers department! More

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    Styrofoam Collection THIS WEEK ONLY!

    April 16, 2018

    we're collecting your styrofoam to properly recycle, THIS WEEK ONLY, drop-off in the lobby of Tyler School of Art, Temple University fo

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    Sujan Chitrakar artist talk THURSDAY!

    April 05, 2018

    Thursday April 5 at 11am in Fibers 250 Sujan Chitrakar is a Nepalese artist who currently is the Academic Program Coordinator and an Assi

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    VISITING ARTIST: SUJAN CHITRAKAR

    April 05, 2018

    Sujan Chitrakar is a Nepalese artist who currently is the Academic Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor for Kathmandu Universit

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    Call for Work!

    April 02, 2018

    Open Wall Call On view at the Kitchen Table Gallery in the Berks Warehouse, curated by the Fiber & Material Studies Senior Seminar an

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    Former Postbac Eric Anthony Berdis to show at Bunker Projects

    April 06, 2018

    Congrats Eric on your residency and final exhibition at Bunker Projects! See more work by Eric Anthony Berdis here, and more about Bunker

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    Liene Bosque
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    Adjunct Liene Bosque in Land+Body=Escape show at The 55 Project in Miami

    March 15, 2018

    Congrats Liene on being in this amazing show! Check out more info here.  

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    Jesse Harrod
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    Jesse Harrod in exhibition at Leslie-Lohman Museum

    March 12, 2018

    Congrats Jesse on being in the Haptic Tactics show at the Leslie Lohman Museum! It's up until May 20, to find out more info click here.

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    Black Masculinity
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    Fashioning Black Masculinity: Dandies, Photography and Curatorial Process

    March 15, 2018

    Join us for a panel discssion moderated by artist and current adjunct Joy O. Ude featuring Shantrelle P. Lewis, author of the new book Da

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    Fabric Swap!

    March 13, 2018

    Come barter and trade at the fibers department. Bring fabric, yarn, paper, etc... Tuesday March 13 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

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    Current Grad Kate Garman in juried quilt show

    March 16, 2018

    Congrats Kate on being in this juried Art Quilt show! See more info here.

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    Aram Han Sifuentes
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    THIS THURSDAY! Aram Han Sifuentes talk in Fibers March 15!

    March 15, 2018

    Aram Han Sifuentes uses a needle and thread as her tools to examine immigration, citizenship, race and craft, drawing on both personal ex

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    Adjunct Joy O. Ude in Little Berlin show!

    March 09, 2018

    Congrats Joy on being in Little Berlin's A Home is What is Home. For more info including gallery hours click here!

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    Two openings this Friday!

    January 31, 2018

    Join us this Friday, Feb. 2, celebrating two of our student's works! Julia Haines' BFA show, Point of Replication, is up in Tyler's Loung

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    Adjunct Joy O. Ude in current show at Wassaic Project

    January 27, 2018

    Congrats Joy! Read more about the exhibition here.

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    April Camlin Artist Talk

    September 22, 2016

    Join us for our current Visiting Artist, April Camlin's Artist Lecture!

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    Kirsty Robertson Artist Talk

    April 17, 2017

    Join us for a talk by Kirsty Robertson titled, Oil Futures and Petrotextiles!

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    Paolo Arao Artist Talk

    November 03, 2016
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    Fashioning Form Fashion Show

    December 01, 2017

    Come join the Fashioning Form class for an end of the semester fashion show!

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    Padmini Govind, Artist Talk

    November 13, 2017

    Padmini Govind, Direct of Tharangini Studios in Bangalore, India, will speak about this unique family run block printing studio, sustaina

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    J.J. McCracken
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    J.J. McCracken Visiting Artist Lecture

    February 27, 2017

    J.J. McCracken creates messy situations where performers grovel for access to resources. They are socially disconnected and eternally h

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    An Afternoon with Jesse Harrod: Macramé Demonstration and Exhibition Tour

    February 19, 2017

    Free with Museum Admission (Discounted for SculptureCenter Members) Demonstration: 1 to 2 pm Tour: 2 to 2:45 pm

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    Black Quantum Futurism
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    Black Quantum Futurism Lecture

    December 05, 2016

    Black Quantum Futurism (or BQF) is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to

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    Lesley Ware
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    Lesley Ware Guest Lecturer

    November 17, 2016

    Lesley Ware is an author, entrepreneur, and fashion educator. Lesley helps tweens and teens discover their personal style and talents thr

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    Tanya Aguiñiga
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    Tanya Aguiñiga Artist Talk

    November 16, 2016

    Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based furniture designer/maker raised inTijuana, Mexico. Tanya’s work is informed by border experiences:

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    April Camlin
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    Jacquard Visiting Artist in Residence

    October 31, 2016

    The Fiber & Material Studies Department is pleased to announce the Jacquard Visiting Artist in Residence Program, which will take pla

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    Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela
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    Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela Guest Lecturer

    October 10, 2016

    Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s poetry and prose has been recognized by The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook and others, and can be found in pr

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    Closing Party for Phases Exhibition
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    Closing Party for PHASES, featuring Fibers Faculty Crystal Gregory

    September 04, 2016

    Please join us for the closing party of the collaborative project PHASES by Alexa Williams and Crystal Gregory. During their three-week r

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    Allyson Mitchell Artist Talk

    January 21, 2016

    Allyson Mitchell mixes heavy portions of pop culture and feminism to shape an autobiographical body of work out of abandoned crafts and u

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    Material Through Maker

    October 21, 2015

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

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    Ebony Patterson
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    Ebony Patterson Artist Talk

    October 19, 2015

    Ebony Patterson's Artist Statement:

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    Jesse Harrod: Low Ropes Course Opening

    September 9, 2015

    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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    Liza Buzytsky, Overt Symbols, MFA Thesis Exhibition

    February 18, 2015

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

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    Hazel Meyer Artist Talk

    February 19, 2015

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

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    Samantha Bittman
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    Samantha Bittman Artist Talk

    February 26, 2015

    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

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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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    Amy O'Neill
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    Amy O'Neill, BFA Thesis Show Opening

    February 04, 2015

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

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    Anthony Romero
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    Anthony Romero, 6 Collaborations Lecture

    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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    Gatehouse

    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
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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.

    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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    Brenna K. Murphy, Home Imagined (Dollhouse), 2013.
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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,

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    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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