In the undergraduate fibers program at CSU, students develop skills in visual communication with a wide variety of textile methods. We study the range of fiber media within the context of contemporary art and design, world textiles and ornament, and material culture.
Undergraduate courses offer foundations in weaving and surface-design techniques. Students pursue a variety of expressive directions as they advance skills in weaving, stitching, and hand-construction techniques and expand personal approaches to dyeing, printing, and fabric painting. Upper-level students establish individual directions, with senior research supporting in-depth studio work and a capstone exhibition. Artistic excellence, creativity, and scholarship is promoted through a wide range of traditional and experimental techniques and materials, including off-loom constructions, felt making, embellishment, mixed media, sculptural forms, and installation. Study abroad and internship opportunities are available.
Occupying 3,400 square feet, the fibers studio includes a weaving area and a fabric-printing area. Adjacent to the printing area is a well-ventilated dye room equipped with eight burners, six industrial sinks, and a washer-dryer unit. Among the studio’s forty-four floor looms are a variety of four-to-sixteen-harness looms and an upright tapestry loom.
These facilities are used by undergraduate and graduate students. Near the fibers wing is a well-equipped wood shop, computer lab, and graduate studio. The University Center for the Arts presents programs at the University Art Museum, which includes a collection of African art, and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, with its collection of costumes, textiles, and interior and global artifacts. Visiting artists are invited to discuss their work and to critique student work. The department has been the site for national and regional fiber conferences, and students frequently participate in community-outreach programs.
CSU alumni exhibit their work nationally and internationally; teach at public schools, universities, and workshop programs throughout the US; jury and curate exhibitions; work as textile designers; and edit and write for national fiber publications.
- ART 250 Fibers I
This class focuses on cloth as an expressive medium and includes instruction in weaving, fabric painting, printing, and dyeing. Expressive communication skills are developed using the language of textiles, with research in world traditions and movements in contemporary fiber. Studio projects focus on fabric's unique ties to perception, memory, and the physical environment. Prior foundation coursework or related background is expected.
- ART 350 and ART 351, Fibers II and III
These courses build on the fundamental skills developed in Fibers I, with continued investigation of color, pattern, materials, and form in relation to screen printing, dyes, and weaving. The curriculum rotates study topics in off-loom and stitched textiles, resist-dye techniques, ikat, and warp painting. Research of historic textiles and contemporary artists provides the foundation for individual projects.
- ART 450 and ART 451, Fibers IV and V
Senior courses emphasize research and studio work in the medium of fiber. Students present slide lectures on individual research topics, establish personal studio directions, and prepare a capstone exhibition. Readings focus on contemporary issues in art. Students develop professional skills of exhibition and portfolio preparation.
- ART 487, Internship
Internships offer supervised work experience in approved work locations. Fibers students work at such businesses as Interweave Press in Loveland, Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, and with local and regional artist-entrepreneurs.