Digital Textile Printer Info Sessions This Spring!!!

Interested obtaining access to the digital textile printer? Curious about what it has to offer? Sign up for an info session!

Sunday, February 1 12:15 – 1:30

Wednesday, February 18 2:00 – 3:00

Monday, March 2 11:45 – 1:00

Friday, March 27 12:45 – 2:00

Tuesday, April 7 2:00 – 3:00

Wednesday, April 15 2:00 – 3:00


EMAIL JPULLENSCHMIDT@MICA.EDU OR KBIERMAN@MICA.EDU TO SIGN UP! Attending an info session is REQUIRED prior to using the printer!

Happy 2015! Studio Updates

Welcome back everyone! Happy New Year and hope you all had a wonderful break! 

Here are few updates about things that have taken place in the Fiber department studios while you were gone.

Dye Kitchen Electricity Updates

The steamers in the dye kitchen are now hardwired to two switches on the side of the wax vent. We are no longer able to unplug them. Please turn the switches to on or off to turn the power on. After the power is turned on, the red dial at the base of the steamer can be turned to 250 degrees. Please remember that the steamers are attached to the switches and use caution if pulling them forward for easier access.


The washing machines and dryers are now fully functional in the dye kitchen. If the dryers do not start make sure the top of the door is pushed in.  Using the “timed dry” setting is best if students or faculty need to dry items that are heavy and thick, such as drop cloths. The other settings have a dryness sensor built in and will stop mid cycle if the dryer senses that the outside of the fabric is dry.

S206 Electricity Updates

We now have six additional drop down extension cord reels in S206! The fuse boxes have been rewired to better accommodate our facilities needs.  Please be aware of the proximity of the cords to the ceiling fans.  A very big thank you to Herb, Luis, Richard and everyone from Facilities for all their work on the Fiber Dept electricity needs.

The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and fellow curator Philip Fimmano are pleased to announce the creation of a new international design prize to be awarded to a textile or fashion design student who exhibits innovative thinking and inspiring creativity in textiles.

The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize honors Dorothy Waxman, the original driving force behind Trend Union and Edelkoort Inc. in the United States and contributing reporter to the magazines View on ColourTextile View and Viewpoint. Waxman’s insatiable curiosity and discerning eye for the avant-garde has inspired Edelkoort and her team for decades. Waxman also introduced the American fashion industry to European textile partners with her work at the Fashion Group. As an avid textile aficionado, she believes that creative fabrics can change the design landscape in profound ways.

Proudly supported by EDELKOORT INC. in New York, the award winner will receive a prize of US $5,000 and coverage on the online interactive trend platform, The award is part of Edelkoort and Fimmano’s TALKING TEXTILES initiative that promotes textile education, creativity and awareness.



The competition is open to students from any country currently enrolled in a textile, fashion or knitting course. The winning design will be chosen by Dorothy Waxman based on its aesthetic and creative identity. Applicants should fill in the attached form and send their entries by post or email.

Submissions deadline:       Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Award announcement:       Monday, April 13th, 2015 posted on

Submissions by email:

Submissions by post:         Edelkoort Inc.

205 East 16th Street, Suite 1A

New York     N.Y. 10003

United States

                                                                        (posted submissions & swatches will not be returned)

Lillstreet Rooftop Project Space

Call For Proposals

Download the .pdf here —> Flag Space Call for Proposals

Artists are invited to install work onto four, 9-foot flag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck and garden. Flags as well as alternative installation proposals will be considered. Work can be seen from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues.  Installations rotate monthly, May through December and work is displayed indoors prior to install date. Photo documentation will be provided to all participating artists, as well as opportunities for artist receptions. All work will be archived on the Lillstreet Art Center gallery page and in the Textile Department’s hallway gallery.

Complete applications will include the following information:

Project title & Statement

Proposal sketches

Proposed materials and construction techniques

Work dimensions

Title for the project series

Preferred installation month

Artist statement


Examples of most recent work  (jpegs or website preferred)

Deadline: February 2, 2015

Accepted proposals notified by February 10, 2015.

Awards: Best In Show ($500) and Honorable Mention ($150)

Proposals will be reviewed by Camille Canales, Director of Textile Department and Nora Renick-Rinehart, 2014-2015 Artist-in Residence

To apply, visit our Slideroom application.