What developed from the initial workshops was a network in the truest sense. A robust group of people from diverse backgrounds with a shared interest in textile craft.
Since then we've worked on strengthening our educational offerings and our methods for community development.
As a discipline, fine craft is deeply entwined in fellowship. We believe this is paramount to our mission, so classes are held in an informal setting where stories, ideas and food are shared.
Stop into the studio sometime and you'll meet some interesting folks, whether former students, craftsmen who share the studio or one of our many friends who come to visit.
AS A COMMUNITY STUDIO, STUDENTS SHARE SPACE AND TOOLS WITH WORKING ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN.
OUR SPACIOUS STUDIO HOUSES 10 FLOOR LOOMS, 5 TABLETOP LOOMS, A TEXTILE ARTS LIBRARY, YARN STORAGE AND PLENTY OF SPACE FOR DESIGN AND SOCIAL GATHERING.
OUR CLASSROOM PROVIDES A RELAXING AND INTIMATE SETTING IN WHICH STUDENTS CAN GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, THE INSTRUCTOR AND THE CRAFT.
WE BELIEVE THAT CRAFT AND FELLOWSHIP GO HAND IN HAND, SO EVERY CLASS AND WORKSHOP INCLUDES A HOME-COOKED, VEGETARIAN MEAL OR SNACK--ALONG WITH COFFEE AND TEA TO KEEP STUDENTS ENERGIZED AND FOCUSED.
ALTHOUGH FOOD AND DRINK ARE PROVIDED, STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO BRING SNACKS,
DISHES AND BEVERAGES TO SHARE,
[WE APPRECIATE RECIPES AND STORIES TOO!]
The Fringe Society Studio is a small-scale organization built from the ground up on limited resources. Our equipment, materials, studio and programming have come together thanks to the generosity and efforts of studio members, students and donors alike. With your support we can continue providing quality programming and offer resources to students in need of scholarships.
Ash Arder is a Detroit-based, interdisciplinary artist and designer who creates objects and experiences that investigate and re-imagine the relationship between people and natural environments. This work relies on the cultivation and research of live plants throughout each stage of their lifecycle, including the process and potential of plants to create fiber and other industrial materials. Ash combines personal memories with fictional narratives to create future worlds and scenarios that challenge the way objects are consumed and used.
Creative Lead, Founder
Levon Kafafian is an interdisciplinary Armenian-American artist creating tactile and sensory works on the threshold of transition. Applying the process of weaving beyond thread into visual, performative and social practice, Kafafian engages the space between disparate elements, investigating the intersections of identity, culture, nature and place.
Andrew Carter supports the operations of Fringe Society.