The major in fiber emphasizes appreciation and examination of textile structure, the expressive and physical characteristics of a pliable, flexible plane, and its uses. The inherent properties of fiber, its long and rich history as a medium for both fine and applied arts, and the technical developments in the medium serve as points of departure for experimentation and exploration by fiber majors. The department is concerned not only with the production and understanding of fiberwork itself, but with its interaction and connection to other media and materials, and students explore critical writings not only concerning fiber, but also on contemporary issues in the world of art.

A Lifelong Learner

When freshman Ursula Populoh '15 (fiber) was first shown the fiber studios in MICA's Mount Royal Station building, the experience brought her to tears. "We walked by a studio, and I saw a dress form," she explained. "I started to cry, because I wanted so badly to be here as well."

That tour was given to her by her daughter, Valeska Populoh '06 '07 (fiber, Art Education), who at the time was studying at MICA and now teaches in the Fiber Department.

"I was envious but not in a bad way. I was envious because my daughter could go where I would like to go," she said.A native of Germany who grew up in the aftermath of World War II, Ursula dreamed of going to college. Beginning a family, running a business, and immigrating to the United States came first. Then, once she settled in America, the education of her son and daughter came next.

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Her love of learning could not be denied, however, and her passion for fiber led her to take continuing studies courses and workshops; but Ursula wanted more.

The decision to finally fulfill her dream of attending college came with the help of a friend, MICA faculty member and past Fiber Department Chair Susie Brandt, during a year abroad in Europe.

READ the full article from MICA's Juxtapositions.