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.

Please note: Open Studio is not available at our Manhattan location.

Accessing Open Studio

For Current Students

Open Use

*Currently not available*

Open Studio use is free with all in person 4-week and Weekend Intensive classes for the duration of the course and for one week following the end of class.

$0 (Free)

For Everyone Else

Monthly Studio Pass

A Studio Pass is a great way to have access to our Open Studio time and facilities during a concentrated period of time to work on independent projects. Please note: Use of floor looms is not included in the Mo Studio Pass (see “Loom Rentals” below)

$300 /month

Hourly Use

*Currently not available*

$18/hour (or free with monthly loom rental)

Open Studio Details

How to Use
Hours
Materials
Equipment
Loom Rentals
Storage Rentals

Whether you are utilizing a studio pass, or you’ve rented a loom, you must sign-up for Open Studio hours by signing up for a time-slot. You won’t be charged for the registration—it’s simply to let us know you’re coming and reserve you a spot. Currently we have a maximum occupancy of 10 people in the studio (Dye Lab: 2; Printing Table: 2; Weaving Area: 4; Sewing Area: 2; Machine Knitting: 2).

To sign-up for Open Studio, email studio@textileartscenter.com including the date, time-slot(s) and area of the studio that you’re planning to use. You can sign up for different sessions at the same time. You’ll receive an email confirming your reservation. If you don’t hear back from us before your planned session, please call the studio during office hours (718-369-0222) to complete your sign-up.

When you arrive for Open Studio, check in at the front desk and follow the protocol.

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, please ask us about private classes.

TAC is a community-use studio.  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. Please plan your projects with enough time to clean up your equipment and station. There are disinfecting supplies available in every area in the studio, and we ask that Open Studio users clean the shared equipment before and after use.

Masks are mandatory inside of TAC studio at all times.

Current Open Studio Sessions:

Monday – Thursday 11AM-3PM / 3:30-7PM

Saturday 3:30-7PM

Sunday 11-3pm

Open Studio hours are subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

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.

Materials we do offer for purchase:

Unbleached muslin:
$6/yard

Mercerized cotton:
$8/yard

Cotton duck:
$8/yard

Silk habotai:
$10/yard

Pattern paper:
$8/yard

Translucent bond for screen printing:
$1/ A4page

Most of the equipment featured in our Studio Facilities section are available during Open Studio, however any single user equipment requires a prior reservation for use during Open Studio. These items are designated with a “*” in the Tools & Equipment section.

Please contact us to reserve any of these items during Open Studio:

The Textile Arts Center is equipped with:

Schacht Wolf Pup looms
4 harnesses, 18″ weaving width

$350 /month*

Schacht Baby Wolf looms
4 and 8 harnesses, 26″ weaving width

$350 /month*

Macomber looms
16 harnesses, 30″ and 40″ weaving widths

$450 /month*

AVL Dobby loom
24 harnesses, 60″ weaving width

$550 /month*

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!

 

*This 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.

We have different storage options available for rental, to allow Open Studio users to keep their materials, equipment and projects at TAC.

Cubby sizes and rates:

Small:
3 cubic ft (14” x 18” x 22”)
$10/week, $35/month

Tall:
7 cubic ft (32” x 18” x 22”)
$20/week, $70/month

Large:
14 cubic ft (32”x 18” x 44”)
$40/week, $120/month