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The Textile Resource Center, opened in 2013, is a hands-on study collection in the Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It is a non-circulating collection.

The collection includes:

  • ethnographic textiles
  • raw materials
  • studies by contemporary artists and textile designers
  • textile samples from textile manufacturers
  • a library of books, catalogs, and journals related to Fiber and Material Studies
  • audio and video recordings of department lectures

Textile Resource Center

About Fiber and Material Studies

Fiber and Material Studies provides an interdisciplinary study of fiber, materials, and processes that incorporate art-making approaches including: textile construction, sculpture, installation, action, and craft.

Fiber and Material Studies studio practice courses emphasize the production of textiles and fiber arts within a contemporary art context and supported by current theoretical discourse. Students learn a vast range of textile construction, surface techniques, and processes, including: weaving, print, dye, stitch, soft sculpture, felting, knitting, crochet, spinning, collage, and embellishment. Our studios feature analog and digital equipment, and students engage in thinking and working with hand processes while incorporating digital technologies and computer-assisted approaches to making.

Studio practice is supported and contextualized through teaching that emphasizes the histories that are deeply interwoven into this discipline. As well, students consider the political and social themes that have informed the field of fiber and material studies.

For more information about Fiber and Material Studies, visit: textileresourcecenter@saic.edu for information about visiting the Textile Resource Center.