The fiber department at KCAI combines traditional and experimental practices to provide students with technical and conceptual training. You will have opportunities to explore contemporary issues in art and design within the context of a working studio environment. In addition to core courses in fiber, the KCAI fiber curriculum offers courses in Jacquard weaving, costume design, textile design and fashion knitwear.
Fiber as a medium crosses boundaries and interfaces with art, design, craft and technology. Inherently multi-disciplinary, the field of fiber encompasses painting, printing, dyeing, pattern design, sewing, experimental fashion and costume design, weaving, knitting, crochet, basketry techniques, felting, spinning and papermaking.
Emphasis in this medium is on skill development and the generation of ideas through a materials-based process of making. Interest in greener, more sustainable practices and recent technological advances expand the field to include such areas as architectural textiles, interactive textiles, electronic textiles and smart textiles.
View work by junior-year fiber students.
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Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber
Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, a native of the Netherlands, received her B.F.A. degree (1982) in fine art from the Maryland Institute and her M...Read More
Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor
Kim Eichler-Messmer received her M.F.A. in textiles from the University of Kansas in 2007 and her B.F.A. in drawing, painting and...Read More
Marie Bannerot McInerney, assistant professor
Marie Bannerot McInerney is an interdisciplinary studio artist and educator. Her process driven work investigates conceptions of...Read More
Mariah Gillespie, fiber technician
Mariah Gillespie, originally from Norman, Oklahoma, is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving her B.F.A. degree...Read More
Cory Imig, lecturer
Cory Imig is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Kansas City, Mo. She received her B.F.A. degree in fiber and sculpture...Read More
Maegan Stracy, lecturer
Maegan Stracy graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 receiving a double major in...Read More