A field in constant flux, textiles isn’t only about
sitting at a traditional loom, quietly weaving. As a Textiles major, you’ll
also have the opportunity to work with breakthrough technologies to master the
art of fabric, fiber and pattern, and get a strong grounding in global
artistic, social and cultural concerns at the same time.
You’ll work with the high-end equipment used in the field
– multiharness handlooms, computer-interfaced looms and an electronic jacquard
loom – as you learn to master advanced weaving techniques. Both hand-operated
and electronic knitting machines allow for further exploration of knitted
fabrics. The department also offers a digital textile printer, a fully equipped
dye lab, silkscreen studios and a CAD lab with the latest industry software
used by professional textile designers and fiber artists.
As practicing professionals themselves, professors support
your development as an artist and designer who will energize the field through
your personal vision – whether you’re designing work intended for industrial
production or creating one-of-a-kind fine art pieces.