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Textile, fibre and weaving arts incorporate the best known techniques for combining colour, pattern and material into apparel and rugs. Creativity can be explored when working with other artists to create items for theatrical performances. Modern electronics can be embedded in apparel to create “smart clothing” for added functionality.
Colour, Pattern and Material
In studying for a textile, fibre and weaving arts degree, students will learn the technical skills to make clothing or rugs. This will start with drawing and advance to pigmentation, chemicals and dyes.
Students learn how to make patterns using print, knit or woven methods.
Professors will have you work with all types of materials: cotton, wool, leather and synthetic.
You will gain valuable technical skills with hands-on training to become a textile artist or designer.
Theoretical Concepts and Design
You will learn how to go from theoretical concept and design to real-life application. Consider the best production methods depending upon the item’s end use.
Learn both traditional methods (like looms) and modern methods (like computer-aided design programs) for making apparel. You will be able to demonstrate how to use different tools and equipment to accomplish your goals.
Sensors, lights and microchips have become so small that they can be incorporated into intelligent clothing. People can check their heart rate during their morning run. They can send messages to friends on the Internet. Women can illuminate themselves with LED lights on their dresses. There are many great opportunities for creative expression with a weaving art and design degree.
In this global village, there are more opportunities to combine multicultural influences from Asia, Africa and Europe with textile arts. Mix fabrics and patterns together to show your imagination and skills.
Good Career Prospects for the Textile Designer
There are many employment opportunities for a textile designer, colourist, stylist, fabric engineer or product developer.
Clothing is a basic necessity so textile designers will always be needed. You might make patterns and designs for homemakers to use to create their own clothing.
Wall coverings, window treatments and home furnishing companies might employ you.
The vast majority of textile artists work for fashion designers to bring the latest apparel creations to the masses.
Many students of the arts work together to create costumes, wall coverings and scenery for theatrical performances. There are unlimited possibilities to explore your creativity with a textile, fibre and weaving arts degree.