Uplifting the Institution
Student Hava Reeves Liebowitz was eager to enroll in the course. She says the advanced technology indicates that fiber arts are elevated at Stamps.
“In many institutions where fiber arts are appreciated and uplifted, a jacquard loom is one of the tools available to students, so it is really exciting that we have it here at Stamps,” Liebowitz said. “Additionally, a lot of fiber artists that I look up to have used the jacquard loom at some point in their career, so it’s cool that I have access to it.”
Andrews says the technology will give Stamps students a competitive edge.
“Training Stamps students on these tools will help make them competitive applicants for roles within fine art and design as well as for advanced study at the graduate level,” Andrews said.
The Future of Weaving at Stamps
According to Fiber & 2D Foundations studio coordinator Kit Parks, the looms will allow artists to manipulate each thread individually using computerized controls, leading to more detailed and realistic images. An image created or edited in Photoshop can be sent directly to the loom for production.
“Because the TC2s enable the creation of highly detailed images, I expect we’ll see more pieces that highlight pictorial elements,” Parks said.“These looms also offer more efficiency than a traditional floor loom, so we may see larger works as well.”
While traditional analog weaving is a practice spanning thousands of years ago and used across cultures, Parks says that innovation is a major part of the weaving mindset. This idea will be covered in Textile Weaving: Analog to Digital.
“It’s the nature of the weaver to innovate and constantly look for ways to optimize materials and time while pushing the bounds of what is possible in a woven structure,” Parks said. “We are incredibly privileged to have this equipment in our school.”
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Story by Katelyn Stuck.