This spring Bard Graduate Center is partnering with Textile Arts Center to create a MakerSpace on the 4th floor of our Gallery. The space will feature monthly hands-on workshops for adults and kids and families that respond to our two exhibitions, Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles and The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity. Textile Arts Center will also be curating a rotating artist residency so visitors can observe and interact with an artist at work.

Adult Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, March 21
6–9 pm
Backstrap Weaving

Saturday, April 21
3–6 pm
Introduction to Embroidery

Wednesday, May 16
6–9 pm
Introduction to Bookbinding

Saturday, June 16
3–6 pm
Introduction to Bead Weaving

Kids/Family Workshop Schedule
Ages 5+

Saturday, March 24
11 am–2 pm
Warp Painted Wall Hangings

Saturday, April 21
11 am–2 pm
Drawing with Thread

Saturday, May 19
11 am–2 pm
Handmade Notebooks

Saturday, June 16
11 am–2 pm
Woven Beaded Jewelry

We are pleased to extend complimentary need-based community tickets by request to all ticketed events. To learn more, please email [email protected].

Meet our Artists-in-Residence

Feb 23–April 1 : Chi Nguyen

As part of her residency project free tapestry weaving workshops will be hosted by Chi Nguyen during open community hours on:

Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Fridays, 12-3pm
Saturday, 12-5pm

During this time visitors are welcome to visit her on the 4th floor and talk to her, watch her work and participate in a few interactive activities.

For more information on the project Chi will be working on while she is with us, click here.

Chi Nguyen is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses durational performance, fiber art, and writing to reflect on race, feminism, economic justice, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice.

April 2–May 13 : Neil Goss

Neil Goss has dedicated the past 8 years to researching and experimenting with sustainable art materials and processes. He employs technologies like backstrap weaving and natural dyeing to create contemporary works of art. Subversion plays an important role in his practice while focusing on contradiction, duality, biocentrism and interconnectedness. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design (Textiles and Ceramics) from the University of Kansas SOTA.

May 14–July 8 : Natalie Stopka

Natalie A. Stopka binds books emphasizing unconventional structure and materials. She sources uncommon fibers, repurposed and hand-dyed fabrics, and vintage textiles to bring a unique variety of texture to her work. In her exploration of historical fiber arts techniques, Natalie refreshes half-forgotten methods such as fabric marbling, mordant patterning, and the fermentation of natural dyes. She divides her time between Cragsmoor, NY where she forages for natural dyes, and Yonkers where her studio practice and dye garden are located.

About Textile Arts Center

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. TAC aspires to unite the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven—common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world.