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FASD-356 Textiles & Social Activism

3 Credits

Through this all-institute elective course, students will be introduced to makers globally whose art activism entails the use of fashion, textile, and fiber arts. Textiles and soft structures are approachable and open new terrain for fashion majors and non-fashion majors alike. The history of "Craftivism" as a collective or collaborative endeavor that has at its roots a consensus approach, as well as the dichotomies it highlights; feminine and masculine, untrained and professional, art and craft, private and public, historic and contemporary will be covered. Students will learn fabrication techniques and skills within the context of textiles and alternative soft materials as mediums of expression. They will be asked to create soft objects that prompt others to question situations in the world as it is, imagining what changes they would personally like to see.