In 1915, the University of Wisconsin had a Weaving Laboratory where students learned the craft of weaving in the home economics department. A century later, Marianne Fairbanks created Weaving Lab: Plain Cloth Productions as a public facing site of textile production, exploring the creation of cloth in relationship with inquiries around time, labor, process, rhythm, production, meditation and math-based patterns.
The Weaving Lab: Digital Residency engages jacquard weaving technology and artist, designers and researchers to use the TC-2 loom as a tool to think through their own research. Fairbanks believes that by extending the access to the tool we might invent new textiles by engaging minds and producing academic discourse.
Weaving Lab initiatives span the fields of art, design, and social practice, seeking to chart new material and conceptual territories, to innovate solution-based design, and to foster fresh modes of cultural production.