Marianne FairbanksAssociate Professor

As a maker with 20 years of experience, three threads of my practice have emerged: my solo work, my research into emerging textile technology, and my social practice work. While distinctly different in intentions and outcomes, each thread informs and supports the others. Whether engaging poetic and aesthetic pleasures, utilitarian applications, or political and critical discourse, the unified focus of my work is textiles and the role they will play in the future of our society.

Recent press

Professor creates mini loom to get off your phone and create with your handsWisconsin Public Radio, January 4, 2021
Our Corner of the Planet (original documentary film), Released September 1, 2020
The Chazen Museum of Art at 50: Growing, changing and celebrating facultyWisconsin State Journal, January 26, 2020
Triennial features Wisconsin’s finest artistsBrava Magazine, October 7, 2019

Classes Taught

  • Course number: DS 101 : Course title: Introduction to Textiles
  • Course number: DS 229 : Course title: Weaving 1
  • Course number: DS 426 : Course title: Weaving 2
  • Course number: DS 518 : Course title: Wearable Technology
Professional portrait of Marianne Fairbanks in front of a decorative window with bright colored glass circles and curved lines.


  • Design Studies

Degree Program

  • BS Textiles & Fashion Design
  • MFA Human Ecology: Design Studies
  • PhD Human Ecology: Design Studies


  • Art Department


  • MFA, Fibers and Materials Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • International Exchange Program, Kyoto Seika University
  • BFA, Fibers, The University of Michigan School of Art and Design


Office: 3220

Phone: 608-890-3327



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