Area of Study
Experimentation, exploration, and innovation are key aspects of coursework in fibers at ETSU. Rooted in a system that values the art-making potential of fibers and textiles, curriculum is structured to provide training in as many techniques as equipment and facilities allow. Research and the development of skills in problem-solving and critical self-analysis are emphasized.
Combining traditional hand techniques with emerging digital technologies, courses in the Fibers area at ETSU focus on the incredibly diverse possibilities available for making artwork in fiber, including many varied techniques in surface design, weaving, quilting, and 3-D forms. Students are encouraged to be innovative and independent as they pursue creative approaches to specialties in surface or structure. As part of the Studio Art individualized program of study, students also take courses in other disciplines to strengthen their individual curricula.
Beyond technical proficiency, students are supported in the investigation of ideas relating to contemporary culture, issues in contemporary art, and the multiple histories of fiber, art, and textiles.
For the BFA degree, exploration of technique and investigation of ideas lead to the development of a conceptual focus and a cohesive body of work, culminating in a final thesis exhibition.
Facilities and Equipment
The Fibers area has 2 studios:
The large Weaving and Sewing Studio contains 12 four harness LeClerc floor looms, a TC2 Digital Jacquard loom, 16 computerized Bernina sewing machines in cabinets, a dedicated set-up for desktop digital fabric printing, a long-arm quilting machine, professional dressmaker’s dummies, and equipment for Book Arts (drill press, book press, stack paper cutter, hand tools). This studio serves as a classroom with dry work area, large cutting and ironing tables, and critique space. It also houses several machines for knitting, felting and embroidery, as well as storage of supplies for student use.
The Dye Kitchen/Print Studio contains long padded tables for screen printing and other surface techniques, a small heat press, a 4 burner gas stove top, 2 induction burners and industrial burner with ventilation hoods, steaming set-up, several drum and hand carders, millinery head blocks, washout sinks, and washer and dryer.