Introduction to Textiles

This course is an introduction to a wide range of textile arts including surface design, fiber sculpture, and weaving. Students learn hands-on processes such as twining, plaiting, spinning, knitting, dyeing, hand printing, and loom weaving. After initial experimentation with time-honored techniques, students are encouraged to push the boundaries of the media, using both traditional and non-traditional materials. In addition, this class investigates cultural and historical underpinnings of these techniques, providing a springboard for the development of contemporary practices. Students from all disciplines are invited to explore the unique physical properties and conceptual principles of textiles: the three-dimensional potential of fiber construction; the meaning and metaphor of material; the philosophical nature of time investment; and the narrative capacity of cloth.