Wayne State University

Fibers

Curriculum Guide

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Faculty

Heather Macali
(MFA UW-Madison) Assistant Professor, Fashion and Fibers
Research Interests: contemporary fiber arts; textiles; textile design.

Program description

What will I study?

  • To train students to acquire technical skills in weaving and fabric decoration.
  • To become familiar with materials, sources, and major current developments in the fiber field.
  • To enable students to formulate and express creative ideas in fiber-based media through the use of color, design, and pictorial vocabularies.
  • To enable students to compile portfolios suited to presentations, i.e., including sketches, actual work samples and photographs of work.
  • To develop and articulate career objectives.

What makes this program unique?

  • Weaving, Fabric Printing and Dyeing
  • Advanced Studio Spaces for Upperclassmen
  • Michigan Surface Design
  • Workshops
  • Guest Speakers

What does the program prepare me for?

  • Fabric Designer
  • Apparel Designer

AFI 2650: BEGINNING WEAVING

Prereq: ADE 1210 and ADR 1060. Weaving techniques on a floor loom. Design concepts through application of tapestry, flossa, sumac, inlay and wrapping process. An introduction to spinning, yarn production and felting. Yarn dyeing (wool, cotton, linen) is also a part of this course. Using a frame loom is also an option. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

AFI 2660: INTRODUCTION TO FABRIC PRINTING AND DYEING

Emphasis on color, design and composition. Natural and chemical dyeing, block printing, resist methods, and bleach out. Painting on fabric with acrylic fabric paint and fiber reactive dyes. Many methods of applying dye to fabric are introduced. The fabrics that are created are used in a final project such as a quilt, garment or personal statement of art. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits (max. 6).

AFI 3650: INTERMEDIATE WEAVING

Prereq: AFI 2650. Designs are woven on four- and eight-harness looms. Pattern drafting, layer weaving, ikat, and rug techniques offered on a rotating basis. Students develop their personal weaving style, including their own statement of the art of weaving. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3-6 credits (max. 12). Election of more than three credits per semester requires consent of instructor.

AFI 3660: INTERMEDIATE FABRIC PRINTING AND DYEING

Prereq: AFI 2660. Concentration in one of the areas (fabric printing, dyeing, resist methods) that were introduced in AFI 266. Use of these techniques as a tool to design a line of fabrics for interior design, fashion and fine arts. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3-6 credits (max. 12).

AFI 5650: WEAVING: SENIOR PROJECT

Prereq: AFI 3650. Election of more than three credits per semester requires consent of instructor. Directed project in weaving. A student should have a strong direction of their weaving interests so projects reflect the direction he/she has chosen. Portfolio slides are completed. Research and written evaluation statement required. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3-6 credits (max. 12).

AFI 5660: FIBERS: SENIOR PROJECT

Prereq: AFI 3660. Election of more than three credits per semester requires consent of instructor. The student should have a strong sense of their weaving direction with all projects reflecting this focus. Portfolio slides are completed. Extensive project or series of works determined by student; research and written statement. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3-6 credits (max. 12).

AFI 5870: DIRECTED PROJECTS: FIBERS

Prereq: consent of instructor. This class is used for graduate level. Each student will work on individual projects. The class is also used for graduate credit. 3-6 credits (Undergrad. max 15; grad. max 30).