fibers

Fibers at Access Arts include various types of weaving, papermaking, and other fiber-related arts.  Classes are available for children, adults and special needs students.  One-day workshops are held on a variety of topics.  All weaving classes require instructor's permission.

Description of our fibers studios
Fibers instructors

Fibers Studios

Access Arts hosts spacious, well-lit fibers studios on its campus.  The large classroom area is a very social place, with classes ongoing and students making use of extra practice times.  This atmosphere promotes discussion in a range of topics and a sharing of ideas and inspiration between instructors and students.  The smaller studios provide space for quiet reflection and individual focus.  Artists are encouraged to spend time in each area in order to provide guidance to students as well as produce a solid body of their own work.

In the Weaving department, we have more than 60 looms, including floor looms (4-shaft, 6-shaft, and 8-shaft), table looms, inkle looms, and rigid heddle looms.  We also have sewing machines, drafting tables, light boxes, and a variety of tools suitable for fabric arts.  We also have a studio suitable for paper arts, with sinks, drying racks, screens, and large table spaces.

Adult Weaving

Learn the art of weaving on a variety of table and floor looms; from the simple rigid heddle and inkle to more complex 4-harness looms.  The course covers beginning through advanced levels of weaving. 

Youth Weaving

Children experience weaving on an assortment of pre-warped table and floor looms.  Projects explore a variety of weave structures and fiber materials.

Workshops

In addition to regular classes, we host one-day workshops.  Past fibers topics have included Felting, Spinning, Basket Making, Dyeing, Book Making, and others.
See the Workshops page to register for upcoming workshops.

Sculptural Weaving

This course is an opportunity for students to design and create 3-dimensional art pieces, utilizing fiber materials.  Fundamental techniques such as knotless knitting, cord wrapping, crochet and macrame are discussed.  Basic materials are provided, but students are encouraged to incorporate a variety of fibers and found objects as their ideas develop.

Papermaking

An introductory course in how paper is made.  Students learn the basics of processing fibers to make pulp and pull sheets of paper.  As these skills are developed, students go on to explore various 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional uses for paper.