Textile & Fashion Design Past Visiting Artists

Fall 2013/Spring 2014: Lane Taplin
Lane Taplin

“Lane is a fiber artist, community based artist, and educator whose creative practice includes a wide range of techniques and processes such as woven sculpture, installation, fabric design, collaborative performance, mail art, guerrilla art, and human dialogue. As a social practitioner she teaches and facilitates art-making and community building projects that help people discover what most excites them and brings them alive. She often facilitates this process by giving people the opportunity to tell their personal stories, whether visually or verbally, and uses mediums, such as weaving and bookmaking, to make these stories visible in new contexts. In both her social practice and her independent practice, she addresses the theme of memory through storytelling and through material exploration of the experience of memory as it evolves and shifts over time.”

During her residency, Lane explored the stories told by millworkers’ children and grandchildren at Bates Mill, once one of the largest textile manufacturers in New England, about how the spirit of the millwork has continued to make its mark on current generations. The piece, titled My Mother Always Said, is currently displayed at The Museum Lewiston-Auburn in Lewiston, Maine and was previously on display at Maine College of Art.

Artist website.

Fall 2014: Caroline Hust

“Caroline Hust, a young knitwear designer from Atlanta Georgia, recently graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in textile design. She is inspired by the classics, loves all things vintage, and is passionate about knitting. Her collection of playsuits “for the sophisticated tomboy” have been featured in Elle magazine.”

Artist website.

Fall 2015: Derya Hanife Atlan
“Derya Hanife Altan holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Deeply invested in fashion as communitcation, fiber arts, materials and textile history, her work focuses on material meaning as a form of portraiture. She has shown her work in various cities across the world including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Istanbul, and has lived in as many places as well. Derya has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. and comes to MECA by way of New York where she currently lives and works in Brooklyn.”