International School of Art & Design

Fiber and Fashion Design

Take your creative abilities with fabric and put them into practice

Learn how to bring your fiber and fashion design visions to life as a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in Fiber and Fashion Design. 

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“THERE IS NOBODY TODAY WHO ISN’T IN DIRECT AND INTIMATE CONTACT WITH FIBER. WE ALL WEAR IT, WE SLEEP IN IT – IT’S A NECESSITY. IT’S WHAT WE CHOOSE TO COVER OURSELVES WITH.” – PHYLLIS FREDENDALL, FIBER AND FASHION DESIGN PROFESSOR 

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE

Inspired by the spirit of design study in Finland, Finlandia University’s Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fiber and Fashion Design fosters the thoughtful integration of materials and processes allowing you to explore and develop your own path in the fiber arts.

Student opportunities include an annual student and alumni fashion show, local and national internship opportunities, designing fabric for an international company and study abroad. Check out the video to learn more about internship and study abroad opportunities.

STATE OF THE ART STUDIO

Students have full access to our Jutila Center studios, located right next to beautiful Portage Lake. The Fiber Arts studio is equipped with computerized looms, industrial sewing machines, workhorse home sewing machines, an industrial surger, custom dress forms, dying, printing and felt making materials, an upgraded computer lab with Adobe Suite, and individual studio spaces.

Formerly a hospital, the renovated Jutila Center building now houses Finlandia’s International School of Art & Design (ISAD), the Reflection Gallery, and the Lily I. Jutila Center for Global Design and Business, a small business incubator. The various studios and labs are expansive and professional in both appearance and equipment. By combining design spaces within a business incubator, a community is created where students, faculty, and business people interact and collaborate – sharing ideas, equipment and workspace.

Fiber Studio

ANNUAL STUDENT FASHION SHOW

In the springtime, students and alumni participate in the annual Fiber and Fashion Design Fashion Show as part of the opening event of the Juried Student Exhibition. This event has become a favorite of our students and the local art community, who comes out to support our students.

Students create any type of garment – shirts, dresses, skirts, trousers, hats, bags, costumes – and model them down the runway.

2018 Fashion Show Photos

Alumni Spotlight: Yana Dee

The Degree

Progress Sheet

The Classes

Course Descriptions

FIBER AND FASHION DESIGN IN THE NEWS

Fiber & Fashion Design Major Designs Her Own Wedding Dress

June 21, 2019

Most little girls dream of what their wedding dress will look like someday. Jessica Shields a senior Fiber & Fashion Design major couldn’t shake the idea of what her wedding dress would look like after getting engaged. So, she took matters into her own hands.

“I had been to a wedding for a family member and fallen in love with the bride’s dress, but after looking at a few online shops I knew I could never afford the dress of […] Read More

Owner of This is Folklore Hat Co. John Fish (’10) featured on Leading the Pride

April 03, 2019

Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with International School of Art and Design alumnus, John Fish (’10). Fish, originally from Iron River, MI, came to Finlandia as a graphic design major to learn how to apply graphics to skateboards. During his time at Finlandia, he spent a large amount of time in the fiber studio and wood shop because he enjoyed building and working with his hands. Having graduated in the midst of a recession, Fish […] Read More

Gina Gelichi
Three Finlandia Fiber & Fashion Design students receive Kuhlman Foundation grant

February 19, 2019

Each year Fiber & Fashion Design students have the opportunity to apply for the Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation grant, and this year three Finlandia University students were grant winners. Gina Geliche, Jessica Shields and Hannah Smith are all Fiber & Fashion Design majors in FinnU’s International School of Art & Design.

“Being a fiber student means that I get to mix tradition with technology,” said Geliche, a senior. “I spend time with computer interface looms, digital […] Read More

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Creative Insight: Design and create a garment or cover for any object through flat-pattern drafting and/or draping.
  2. Analytical and Critical Thinking: Identify fabric content and structure to demonstrate knowledge of their characteristics through appropriate uses.
  3. Creative Insight: demonstrate structure- and design-modifying techniques in weaving and off-loom processes.
  4. Communication: Produce an original pattern and clearly written and illustrated instructions for garment construction that anyone can follow.
  5. Analytical and Critical Thinking: Demonstrate an understanding of color theory in dye calculation and yarn selection.

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Faculty and Staff

Phyllis Fredendall

Professor of Fiber and Fashion Design

phyllis.fredendall@finlandia.edu

Denise Vandeville

Dean, International School of Art & Design Associate Professor, Ceramic Design

denise.vandeville@finlandia.edu
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