Fiber students at MICA pursue both two- and three-dimensional approaches to the medium while gaining the technical skills needed to fully investigate the possibilities of textiles--from installation to wearables, and video to interactive performance. As they work with a wide variety of materials, methods, and equipment, majors engage in a curriculum that explores conventional and nonconventional processes and allows them to experiment with other disciplines in order to enhance their work in fiber.

Queer Threads: Students Engage With Traveling Exhibition

Fiber faculty and artist Aaron McIntosh collaborated with curator John Chaich and the MICA Exhibitions Department to bring “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community” to the Decker Gallery this academic year. The traveling exhibition examines lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities and ideas through fiber crafts. A dynamic series of artist talks and craft events were held throughout the exhibition, including a month‐long project facilitated by Aubrey Longley‐Cooke to engage community members in creating stitched portraits celebrating Baltimore’s LGBTQ leaders and everyday people. Other visiting artists included Harmony Hammond, Jesse Harrod, Rebecca Levi, John Thomas Paradiso, and Nathan Vincent. McIntosh also developed a course “Queer Threads: Response” that convened during the Spring semester to engage students with the objects, processes and issues in the exhibition. Students developed studio projects in response to the show, curating and producing their own exhibition.

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Week Of Experimental Fashion

This April, MICA will showcase nontraditional, provocative, original fashion designs during Hoi Polloi: An Experimental Fashion Event and DONROSE, the 23rd Annual Benefit Fashion Show. These events feature newly designed and crafted garments by student artists and designers to showcase their creative visions as they push the boundaries of fashion with fiber, textiles and mixed media.

The 2016 Experimental Fashion Event is designed, directed and produced by the artists and designers from MICA's Fiber Department's year‐long Multi‐Media Event class. Together, they collaboratively transform Baltimore's Lithuanian Hall into a venue for showcasing their collections in a live performance event.

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