Susan Taber Avila
Professor of Design
Expertise: surface design, textile art, textile design, fashion design, history of fashion.
Susan Taber Avila is an artist and designer who uses textiles to enhance perception of contemporary culture. She focuses on repurposing waste from the garment industry into new textile structures and combines traditional hand crafts with technology. She has exhibited her fashion designs and textile art in Argentina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Finland, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain, Swaziland, Turkey, UK, and Ukraine as well as numerous exhibitions in the United States. Her creative work is included in several books and periodicals and she has published articles in Fiberarts, Ornament, Surface Design Journal, and Textil Forum. From 1999-2010 she was the co-creator of the website, FiberScene.com. She was a Chutian and Sunshine Scholar at Wuhan Textile University in Wuhan, China 2009-2015 and a recipient of a 2010 Center for Cultural Innovation “Investing in Artists” Grant.
Publications and Work
Examples of recent work include:
- Matters of Dis-Ease
- International Triennial of Textile Arts
- Susan Taber Avila and Karina Bergmans at the Triennial (Satire)
- Susan Taber Avila and Karina Bergmans at the Triennial (Satire – Part 2)
Additional work can be seen at this website.
2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research.