Studio access is a crucial part of our mission at the Textile Arts Center. Open Studio in our Brooklyn studio provides access to a variety of textile arts materials, equipment, and general-use space to spread out and work on independent projects.
Open Studio use comes free with all 4-week and Weekend Intensive classes for the duration of the course and for one week following the end of class. Sign up here for the times you want to use the studio outside of class.
For non-registered students:
Hourly: Looking to drop-in and work on a smaller project? Open Studio rates are $18/hr. Sign up here, and pay at the end of your day in the studio.
Studio Pass: Take advantage of our studio resources and purchase a pass for unlimited access to Open Studio hours.
PLEASE NOTE: Sat, 10/21 + Sun, 10/22 is Gowanus Open Studios, and there will be visitors throughout the day in the Brooklyn Studio.
- We are offering a total of 38 hours of Open Studio this week at the following scheduled times:
Monday - 11am - 2pm; 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday - 11am - 2pm
Wednesday - 11am - 2pm
Thursday - 11am - 2pm; 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday - STUDIO CLOSED
Saturday - 11am - 9pm
Sunday - 11am - 9pm
Open Studio hours change from week to week, so please check back here for the most up-to-date Open Studio hours. Open Studio is not available in our Manhattan location.
HOW TO USE OPEN STUDIO
Whether you're a student, utilizing studio pass, or you've rented a loom, you must sign-up for Open Studio hours by clicking the link above. You won't be charged for the registration - it's simply to let us know you're coming and reserve you a spot.
When you arrive for Open Studio, check in at the front desk.
If you have any questions about materials and/or equipment, ask the Studio Monitor.
You are responsible for clean-up after yourself, and will be asked to begin clean up 20 minutes prior to the end of Open Studio hours.
If you are paying on an hourly basis, you will register here and then pay for the total hours you use at the end of your day in the studio.
There is a studio monitor or staff person on duty during every Open Studio session to help you sign in and answer general questions, however you are expected to have a working knowledge of the equipment and procedures you are using. If there is a new skill you would like to learn, consider taking one of our classes!
TAC is a community-use studio. When using the studio, please remember to label your equipment with your name and date of use. You are responsible for cleaning up the equipment that you use during Open Studio. Please plan your projects with enough time to wash off your tools and put them away before you leave.
A Studio Pass is a great way to have unlimited access to our Open Studio time and facilities during a concentrated period of time to work on independent projects. The Studio Pass grants you access to the studio, general use equipment listed above, and library during any of our Open Studio hours for the duration of the pass.
1 Week = $75
1 Month = $200
6 Months = $1000
1 Year = $1800
To activate the Studio Pass, register for the times you want to use the studio on our Open Studio registration page and then check in with a Studio Monitor on your first day in the studio.
Use of floor looms is not included in a Studio Pass.
The Textile Arts Center is equipped with:
Schacht Wolf Pup looms -- 4 harnesses, 18" weaving width
Schacht Baby Wolf looms -- 4 and 8 harnesses, 26" weaving width
Macomber looms -- 16 harnesses, 30" and 40" weaving widths
AVL Dobby loom -- 24 harnesses, 60" weaving width
All loom rentals take place in the Brooklyn studio. The cost to rent a loom for one month is $350 and includes use of the loom, weaving equipment, and in-house materials as well as access to the studio during Open Studio hours for the duration of the rental.
Loom rental is limited and subject to availability and reserved for experienced weavers. While there is a studio monitor or staff person on duty during every Open Studio session, all weavers will be expected to have a working knowledge of equipment and techniques, including winding warp and dressing the loom.
If you’d like a refresher or a chance to expand your skills, please consider taking one of our classes!
Please contact email@example.com for more information and to make a reservation!
MATERIALS + EQUIPMENT
Printing: Dark room with large vacuum exposure unit (30x40), 2 yardage printing tables (10’ and 14’), screen-print press and heat press*, wash out booth and power washer, screens, emulsion, water-based inks for textile printing, steamer, and drying rack
*If you are interested in using the screen-print press or heat press, please contact the Studio Manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dye: Hot plates, dye pots, fiber reactive dyes, dye chemicals and mordants for both natural and synthetic dyes.
Sewing: 6 home sewing machines (3 Singer Heavy Duty and 3 Singer Confidence Stylists), 1 Singer home overlock machine, cutting and sewing tables, sewing thread, general-use and scrap fabric, irons, pressing hams, pattern-making tools and rulers.
Machine Knitting: 6 Brother standard gauge knitting machines (KH-860) and one bulky machine, combs, weights, hooks, and yarn. Ribbers also are available upon request.*
*If you are interested in using the ribber, please contact the Studio Manager by emailing email@example.com.
Other: Spinning wheel (Louet S15), drop spindles, yarn in a variety of gauges, sizes, materials, and colors.
Not included in Open Studio:
Specialty and class-specific materials are not included in Open Studio access unless a student is currently registered in that course. These materials include but are not limited to: indigo, natural dyes, marbling size and paint, tin fix for silk painting, warp yarns, wool top or fleece, book arts papers, leather hides and leather hardware, block printing rubber, and embroidery thread. These items are not available for purchase.
Unbleached muslin $4/yard
Mercerized cotton $7/yard
Silk habotai $8/yard
Vellum or acetate for screen printing $1/page