Remembered and recorded in myth and poetry, textile making is one of the most ancient crafts. The first textiles provided protection from the elements or served as tools for gathering food. In time, humans embellished the textile to make it beautiful.
Students who pursue this fine arts major gain experience in a broad range of textile media. Woven textiles introduces basic loom weaving, color interaction, and tapestry techniques. Constructed textiles explores methods such as crocheting, coiling, plaiting, netting, and macramé to build three-dimensional artwork. Screenprinted textiles teaches the basics of stencil printing and repeat design. Dyed textiles teaches such techniques as tie dye, batik, marbling, and quilting to create surface patterns.
By studying historical and traditional textiles from cultures throughout the world, students learn to create contemporary work in the four basic textile courses.
Advanced students may concentrate in any combination of textile media and are encouraged to explore other fine arts areas to supplement their coursework.
Graduates may continue their studies beyond the bachelor's degree to earn the credentials to become college teachers or museum professionals. Some exhibit and sell their work through galleries or make textiles on a production basis for retail. Others choose careers in textile design in the apparel and interior design industries.
In this electronic age of the instantaneous, students who are interested in textiles gain historical perspective and personal satisfaction by studying and creating beautiful objects thread by thread.