Textiles and Materiality



Textiles and Materiality brings together research creation expertise from textile arts and material culture. The cluster explores technical innovations and diverse forms of social interaction, investigating new ways that materials and wearables can change how we relate to one another and to the world around us.

Historic and digital technologies, including complex weaving, electronic fabrics and interactive garments are examined alongside crucial questions of sustainability, ethics and the environmental footprint of material practices. Experiments with methods, processes and interdisciplinary modes of thinking will shape the future of textiles, material objects and charged experiential spaces.

Information for Prospective Students and Collaborators

Textiles and Materiality is currently accepting graduate students with interest and expertise in the following areas:

-Biometrics and wearables


Prospective graduate students are invited to contact possible supervisory faculty well ahead of any deadlines to discuss your potential as a Milieux member as well as advice on a suitable program application.


Barbara Layne Professor, Cluster Co-Director
Department of Fibres and Material Practices

Joanna Berzowska Professor, Cluster Co-Director
Department of Fibres and Material Practices

Textile and Materiality’s membership is made up of students and faculty in the following programs:

MFA Studio Arts

MDes Design and Computation Arts

MA Art Education

MA/PhD Individualized Programs

PhD Humanities


Interested in joining Milieux? Apply to a Concordia graduate program. Once accepted, you may join Milieux by contacting the director of the cluster of your choice.