The fibers emphasis of the school of art and design concentrates on the exploration of fibers as a means of individual expression while studying traditional as well as contemporary techniques for weaving and surface design. Students learn to operate both floor looms and table looms to create the two dimensional art of weaving. There are nine jack-type looms, 5 table looms, and two tapestry looms. Students also explore dye and textile pigment through projects, such as immersion dye, silk paint, batik and silkscreen print. Students are encouraged to apply textile knowledge and techniques in different mediums, dimensions, scale and purposes.
What is like to be a fibers student at Marshall?
Our life is surrounded by textile products: bed covers, pillows, curtains, garments, backpacks, etc. Fibers students gain knowledge and skills for design and production of textiles. Historical reference and traditional techniques give students the profound meaning of fibers in our life, and contemporary skills and the current trend in design give proficiency to start their careers as artists or/and designer.
The Fibers emphasis concentrates on the exploration of fibers as a means of individual expression as well as tools of design for mass production, such as fashion and interior design. While studying traditional techniques, including weaving, knitting, felting, and dying, students also experience silkscreen printing and pattern making. Students begin the study of fibers in the third or fourth semester after participating in foundation courses. Students must pass a Foundation Review of work produced in these classes.
Advanced students can elect to concentrate in areas concerned with the designing of textiles, creation of functional fiber products, or the use of fibers as a means of artistic expression. Each student is required to take eight courses (24 credit hours) in the area of emphasis to develop a mastery of the technical requirements of the media, craftsmanship, and the ability to endow project solutions with personal content. The school also supports interdisciplinary approaches to the exploration of each area of emphasis. Suggestions are made to each student for the appropriate investigation into the historical development of the media, contemporary approaches and possible relationship with other arts and disciplines.
The culmination of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is a Capstone project developed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. The student’s work on this project is shown in a senior exhibition in the Visual Arts Center’s gallery or another venue on the Marshall University campus.