Textiles Design

Overview

Textiles

OBJECTIVES

Foregrounding textiles during the MFA program at UC Davis prepares students for a wide variety of careers including academia, industry, non- government organizations (NGOs), and other entrepreneurial ventures. Textiles are intrinsically a part of everyone’s material culture; as the textile field often overlaps with fashion, interior architecture, lighting/daylighting, industrial design, and/or interactive design, students are encouraged to seek cross disciplinary collaborations. The MFA program provides students the opportunity for research and practice-based textile design work with a focus on exploration, creativity, and problem solving.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduate students studying textiles address theoretical problems with practice-based solutions. Status, culture, politics, craft, and technology are among many functional expressions embedded within the language of textiles; students have the opportunity to choose a topic that is meaningful to them and explore it within the textile framework.

Practice based skills include:

  • Application of color and pattern to the fabric
  • Direct and immersion dyeing with a variety of synthetic and natural dyestuffs
  • Mechanical and bound resists; discharge
  • Stitching and embellishment
  • Hand, silkscreen, and digital printing 
  • Pattern repeats
  • Manipulation of fabric through technology and/or hand constructed methods
  • Development of new fabric structures 

RECENT GRADUATE WORK

  • Research on the psychological effects of pattern
  • Textiles as a storytelling device for undocumented communities
  • The influence of textiles in daylighting
  • A visual spotlight on laborers in Chinese factories
  • The creation of kombucha bio-based fabric for sustainable cosplay.

ONGOING PROJECTS OF INTEREST

  • The significance and viable use of craft in a technological age
  • Sustainability, including the use of renewable resources
  • The reclamation of pre-consumer and post-consumer waste and natural dyeing
  • Global awareness of traditional textile processes, artifacts, and their importance within society
  • Bridging art and design to create meaningful and conceptual projects that draw attention to contemporary issues

SUGGESTED ELECTIVES

Design

  • DES 127A, Sustainable Design
  • DES 128, Biodesign Theory
  • DES 132, Textile Design: Woven Structures
  • DES 142A, World Textiles: Eastern Hemisphere (offered infrequently)
  • DES 142B, World Textiles: Western Hemisphere (offered infrequently)
  • DES 160, Textile Surface Design: Patterns and Resists
  • DES 161, Textile Surface Design: Screen and Digital Printing
  • DES 169, Advanced Explorations in Textile Design
  • DES 170, Experimental Fashion and Textile Design
  • DES 178, Design and Wearable Technology

Textiles and Clothing

  • TXC 290, Seminar in Textiles and Clothing
  • TXC 293, Recent Advances in Textiles

INFRASTRUCTURE

Students focusing on textiles are encouraged to utilize the JoAnn C. Stabb Design Collection which includes examples of ethnographic and historical textiles. Specialized resources in the department related to textiles include a Sewing Lab with industrial sewing machines, a Dye Lab with padded print tables, large exposure O-lite and Mimaki digital textile printer, and a Weaving Lab with 4 harness and compu-dobby looms. Students also have access to laser cutters, 3D printers, CAD embroidery, and CNC router as well as other equipment in the Industrial Design Lab. Additionally, faculty working in the College of Agriculture’s Textile and Clothing laboratories have made advanced textile testing equipment available.

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