Textile and fiber art is a design medium that connects humans globally and over time. In the High Mowing School fiber and textile arts studios students explore a wide range of processes including dyeing, weaving, screen printing, batik, felting, paper making, and knitting.
In the weaving studio, students will learn the basics of how a loom operates, how to warp a loom, how to weave, and how to problem solve while weaving. Students will be challenged to understand how a traditional pattern is achieved and move on to begin designing original patterns and understanding color choice. At this point, weaving becomes more than just practical. It is an art form.
Students in the batik course will learn the basic technique of batik, progressing from introductory projects to more advanced ways of layering wax and colored dye.
In Block Printing + Silk Screening students will learn about elements of graphic design, line, contour, movement, balance, value, space, texture, and color, working first with block printing before trying silk screening. Designs can take the shape of geometric patterns or mandalas, symbols or tribal patterns, or any original image, using imagery to convey messages.
Students can experiment with mixed mediums, layering acrylic or watercolor paint over or under prints and using various types of cloth, paper, or other objects.