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Marianne Fairbanks

Associate Professor
Design Studies Department; Textiles & Fashion Design Major
Office 3220
“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.”

–R. Buckminster Fuller

As a maker with 20 years of experience, three threads of my practice have emerged: my solo work, my research into emerging textile technology, and my social practice work. While distinctly different in intentions and outcomes, each thread informs and supports the others. Whether engaging poetic and aesthetic pleasures, utilitarian applications, or political and critical discourse, the unified focus of my work is textiles and the role they will play in the future of our society.

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MFA, Fibers and Materials Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
International Exchange Program, Kyoto Seika University
BFA, Fibers, The University of Michigan School of Art and Design


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Social Media

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Weaving Lab Instagram

Recent press

Professor creates mini loom to get off your phone and create with your hands, Wisconsin Public Radio, January 4, 2021
Our Corner of the Planet (original documentary film), Released September 1, 2020
The Chazen Museum of Art at 50: Growing, changing and celebrating faculty, Wisconsin State Journal, January 26, 2020
Triennial features Wisconsin’s finest artists, Brava Magazine, October 7, 2019

Personal Websites

DS 101 Introduction to Textiles

DS 229 Weaving 1

DS 426 Weaving 2

DS 518 Wearable Technology

· Chazen’s Faculty 2020 Exhibition, Chazen Museum (Group), Madison, WI, 2019

· Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art (Group), Madison, WI, 2019

· Weaving Workshop Revisited, Röhsska Museum Of Design And Craft (Group), Gothenburg, Sweden, 2019

· Weaving Lab, Copenhagen Contemporary (Solo), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019

· Weaving Lab, Ram Oslo (Solo), Oslo, Norway, 2019

· Weaving Lab, Compound Yellow (Solo), Chicago, IL, 2019

· A Deliberately Non-Strait Line, Compound Yellow (Solo), Chicago IL, 2018

· Mixtapes For The Next Millennium, Chicago Artist Coalition (Group), Chicago, IL, 2018

· Sherri Smith And Alumni Exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center (Group), Traverse City, MI, 2018