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Fiberarts - November/December 2008
November/December 2008

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Images from editor Marci Rae McDade's summer fiber-art travels
Team Fiberarts's trip to the Denver Art Museum's Untitled #16 (Thread)
Editor Marci Rae McDade's favorite experience and images from The Language of Craft conference at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine
The stories behind some of the squares from the World Reclamation Art Project
More work from our student artists and information about included schools
Call for fiber-postcard valentines
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November/December 2008

Programs Included in the 2008 Student Showcase

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Eds—The included information was taken from the school websites and was verified by phone before being posted, however, please contact the school itself for the most current information. Information about additional schools can be found on our online education listings at Educators and administrators, if your school isn’t included, please add it to our list!


Australia National University School of Art
Canberra City, Act 2601, Australia. (612) 6125-3598;

Department philosophy:
The Textiles Department of the ANU School of Art (SofA) offers well-equipped facilities and excellent staff for the exploration and development of concepts, materiality, and process in contemporary art and design. Students use a broad range of materials and methods with emphasis on the integration of ideas, knowledge, and skills in hand construction, loom-woven structures, dyed/chemical treatment/printed techniques within a broad contemporary art/design and cultural dialogue.
Faculty: Valerie Kirk

California College of the Arts
1111 8th St., San Francisco, CA 94107. (415)703-9500;

Department philosophy:
CCA educates students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts. Their Textiles Program offers three areas of study: Weaving, Fiber Sculpture, and Printing and Dyeing with three studios, a fully equipped dye lab, a computer lab, a TC1 Jacquard loom, an installation space, and access to a digital fabric printer.
Faculty: Lia Cook, Carole Beadle, Angela Hennessy, Kathleen Larisch, Anne Wolf, Taraneh Hemami

Colorado State University
Visual Arts Building, 551 W. Pitkin St., Fort Collins, CO 80523. (970) 491-6774;

Department philosophy:
The Art Department of CSU offers MFA, BFA, and BA degree programs with specialization in fibers. Undergraduate courses offer foundations and continuing work in weaving and surface design. Upper-level students pursue individual directions, including work in off-loom constructions, feltmaking, embellishment, mixed media, sculptural forms, and installation.
Faculty: Thomas Lundberg

Cranbrook Academy of Art
39221 Woodward Ave., Unit 105, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303. (248) 645-3300;

Department philosophy:
At Cranbrook, each artist’s intimate relationship with the traditional forms of fiber interacts with the expanse of contemporary practice in art, craft, and design, challenging the definitions of each. Whether the work produced manifests itself as a sculptural form, garment, functional object, tapestry weaving, socially engaged community practice, digital output, or something else we cannot currently name, the Cranbrook Fiber Department embraces it as a mode of exploration.
Faculty: Mark Newport

The Herberger College School of Art
Arizona State University, PO Box 871505, Tempe, AZ 85287. (480) 965-3468;

Department philosophy:
The School of Art at ASU is one of the largest and most respected public art schools in the country, offering degrees in fine arts, art education and art history. The comprehensiveness of our program offers a range of specialties taught by studio faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized artists in their fields.
Faculty: Clare Verstegen, Jerry Bleem, Visiting Faculty

Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles
5800, rue St-Denis, studio 501, Montréal, QC, Canada H2S 3L5. (514) 933-3728;

Department philosophy:
The Center is dedicated to the development of textile design and offers services in education, training, consultation, research, production, location, exhibition, and sale. A teaching staff is composed of professionals who are experts in different fields of production and materials.
Faculty: Louise Lemieux Berube, Atienne Proulx, Tammy Osler, Lise Nantel, Lysanne Latulipe, Adrien Landry, Jean-Yves Lacasse, Rosie Godbout, Francoise Fontaine, Emilia Desmeules, Marielle Chouinard.

Northern Illinois University
Art Building Rm. 216, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115. (815) 753-1473;

Department philosophy:
The long-standing quality of the School of Art’s programs, with a faculty of more than sixty artists, designers, and scholars, make Northern’s program in the visual arts one of the best education values for art students in the region.
Faculty: Christine LoFaso

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132. (415) 338-1111;

Department philosophy:
The Textiles area of the College of Creative Arts at SFSU offers courses that explore the breadth and depth of textiles from surface to structure with a strong emphasis on technique and craftsmanship. Facilities and equipment include a fully equipped dye lab, computerized dobby and floor looms.
Faculty: Vic De La Rosa, Candace Crockett

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Department Fashion Design

Sullivan Center, 7th Fl., 36 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60603. (312) 629-6710;

Department philosophy:
The Department of Fashion Design is internationally recognized for its unique interdisciplinary program within a fine-arts foundation. Its nontraditional, undergraduate, three-year curriculum within the four-year-degree program instills an awareness of the social, political, and technological forces shaping the twenty-first century.
Faculty: Andrea Reynders, Sandra Michel Adams, Caroline Bellios, Bambi Breakstone, Gillion Carrara, Nick Cave, Shane Gabier, Dijana Granov, Conrad Hamather, Pat Hart, McKinley Johnson, Anke Loh, Steven Miller, Alice Padrul, Rick Paul, Eia Radosavljevic, Katrin Schnabl, Sharon Shoji, Liat Smestad, Tommy Walton, Erick Wilcox, Don Yoshida.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Department of Fiber and Material Studies
37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60603. (312) 899-5166;

Department philosophy:
Conceptually driven, the SAIC Fiber Curriculum reflects a broad range of textile concerns, including the areas of hand construction, loom woven and computer-aided structures, painted and printed fabrics, pattern, photo and computer-generated and manipulated images on fabric, embellished surfaces, papermaking, feltmaking, installation, mixed media, and many others.
Faculty: Anne Wilson, Michael Andrews, Jeremy Biles, Marianne Fairbanks, Surabhi Gosh, Diana Guerrero-Marcia, Danielle Gustafson-Sudell, Kathryn Hixson, Amy Honchell, Joan Livingstone, Christy Matson, Darrel Morris, Sara Rabinowitz, Rebecca Ringquist, Ellen Rothenberg, Shannon Stratton, Christine Tarkowski, Fraser Taylor.

Tyler School of Art, Temple University
7725 Penrose Ave., Elkins Park, PA 19027. (215) 777-9000;

Department philosophy:
The Fibers curriculum at Tyler teaches technical skills to allow students to explore possibilities through loom and off-loom processes, dyeing and printing, and digital output. Experimentation with traditional and non-traditional materials is encouraged by faculty who emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach by students.
Faculty: Rebecca Mede



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