Fibers & Material Studies

Tyler’s Fibers & Material Studies program embraces a bold, interdisciplinary approach to one of the world’s oldest and most accessible traditions: working with fibers.

Students are pushed to refine their aesthetic, collaborate, embrace a broad definition of material exploration and contribute to vital discussions on history, identity, current social issues and more. Through dynamic events and projects such as the annual Wearable Art Show and the Natural Dye Garden (the source of the marigolds above), Tyler Fibers & Material Studies students create exciting conversations with artists and students throughout the school, Temple University and Philadelphia, home to a vibrant fibers community and DIY scene.


  • State-of-the-art equipment, including a Jacquard Loom TC2, tufting guns, a long arm sewing machine, embroidery machines and more
  • Dedicated Fibers & Material Studies spaces, like a loom room and ultramodern dye lab, to aid exploration of concept and practice
  • A computer lab for screen printing and digital printing, as well as a large-format printer that can print on 46-inch-wide bolts of cloth
  • Studio spaces for students to work independently or collaborate

Queer Materials Lab
Recently launched by Tyler Fibers Program Head, Jesse Harrod—renowned for their manipulation and transformation of materials—the Queer Materials Lab opens up opportunities for students to work with visiting artists and join a broader LGBTQIA+ discourse.


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Upcoming Events

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • January 27, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Heather Raquel Phillips’ creates critical and celebratory disruptions that welcomes conversations about power, deviance, failure and desi...

  • February 03, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Henry Bermudez’s interest in the visual representations of cultures and mythologies have appeared in his work in varying forms during his...

  • February 10, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Hailing from Scotland, Michelle Millar Fisher has worked as an educator, curator and historian in US museums including the Museum of Mode...


  • Tyler News Round Up September/October 2020

    Stay up to date on all that is happening with faculty, students and alumni of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture: Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA '00) gives the orig...

  • Jesse Harrod featured in the exhibition "Mending and Repair in Response" (September 13–October 26, 2019)

    Jesse Harrod, assistant professor and program head of Fibers & Material Studies at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, is part of an exhibition with Lisi Ras...

  • Tyler Alumni in 5 into 1 Exhibition (May 23–June 23, 2019)

    On May 23, 2019, in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Green Hallway Gallery, Philadelphia Sculptors hosted the opening of its 20th annual 5 into 1 exhibition ...

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

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

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Kate Garman

    Kate's artwork

    Kate Garman, MFA '18 has work in a show, Luna Plus Dream at the High Tide gallery in Philadelphia. The closing is January 19, 2019 More