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L9 Textiles Studio & Dye Lab

Open to: all students who have taken the mandatory orientation
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 W 13th St, 9th floor   •   Please see schedule below.

Academic Year 2022-23 Update

The Textiles + Dye-lab orientation is now hosted on Canvas. Students and faculty are required to complete the Making Center General orientation and the Textiles Studio and Dye Lab orientation before using the space.

Students who were oriented in the past will retain access. (However, we recommend taking the Canvas course to stay up to date on policies and safety procedures.)

Please feel free to email inquiries to textiles@newschool.edu

Mandatory Orientation

  • Students and faculty are required to complete an orientation before using the lab.
  • Students and faculty must respect lab technicians and student workers in order to use this facility. Technicians are not responsible for teaching techniques, advising on materials, or troubleshooting projects. Failure to adhere to policies and safety standards may result in limited usage of the lab.

 

 

Reservation / Use Protocol

Faculty who wish to host students in the L9 Textiles and Dye Lab can email textiles@newschool.edu to make a reservation.

Please note the following considerations: 

  • In order to avoid schedule conflicts and ensure the best experience for your students, please give us as much notice as possible. A minimum of 3 weeks notice is required during the semester.
  • We are unable to offer access to the labs during regularly scheduled classes (see calendar below)
  • Students and faculty will only be allowed to use approved materials (see prohibited material list below) in the studio.

 

Please include the following information in your inquiry:

  • Total number of students attending
  • Which techniques will be demonstrated
  • Any requests for materials (please note: we stock specific supplies for use in the studio, non-stocked items will need to be provided by faculty and/or students.)

Students who would like to use a floor loom outside of courses may do so by following our Loom Reservation Protocol.

To reserve a loom, students must be approved to work independently. Students must have previous experience weaving and/or firm knowledge of the process, including: project planning, threading, and floor loom weaving. Students will need to complete a Weaving Assessment, complete a Weaving Project Proposal, and schedule a consultation with a member of the textiles team. Once assessment is completed and proposal has been approved, students may begin the 6 week reservation. 

 

 

About the L9 Textiles Studio & Dye Lab

The following are available for on-campus use only:

  • Umbrella swift and ball winder
  • Industrial felting loom
  • Carding Station
  • Eight 4-harness Schacht floor looms (for students with prior weaving experience)
  • Two 8-harness Macombers floor looms (for students with advanced weaving experience)
  • Warping reel, Warping boards, and bobbin winder
  • Stainless Steel Work tables
  • Industrial Vacuum Ironing station
  • 2- Heat presses
  • Sentry Ductless Fume Hood (for particulates)
  • Induction Burners
  • Dye pots (various sizes)
  • Sinks
  • Various wet processes small tools
  • Plastic buckets for temporary 1-week storage of dyes

Available to check out for up to 7 days:

  • carding paddles
  • drop spindles
  • mini frame looms w/ tapestry tools (for sampling)
  • embroidery hoops
  • crochet hooks
  • knitting needles

Dyelab Dress Code:

  • Gloves and eye protection must be worn when handling dyes and/or chemicals

L9 Textiles Studio & Dye Lab Calendar

Safety Requirements

  • All students must wear a dust mask.

    Required Dust Mask

  • All students must wear protective footwear. No open-toe shoes, heels, or sneakers allowed.

    Required Protective Footwear

  • Hair must be tied back at all times.

    Hair Must Be Pulled Back

  • All students must wear safety gloves.

    Required Gloves