Praxis Fiber Workshop builds the international network of fiber artists and makers through classes, workshops, residencies, and collaborative projects that teach the art form and demonstrate how fiber art can be used to build healthy, resilient, and inclusive communities.
The idea for Praxis came to fruition when the Cleveland Institute of Art announced that they would be downsizing the fiber department and merging it with the existing sculpture and video departments. In collaboration with CIA, we used the existing fiber equipment (including 17 floor looms and a dye kitchen) to open a non-profit fiber art center. Our facility, located in the Waterloo Arts District, is available to the CIA community and the greater Cleveland community. We offer classes and workshops teaching a wide variety of fiber techniques. In addition, Praxis offers studio space for local fiber artists and a gallery to promote the field of contemporary fiber art.
Our 5,000 sq. ft studio features 27 floor looms, 3 large print tables, a full dye lab and assorted equipment to meet every fiber related need.
Our 1,200 sq. ft gallery space, located just in front of our studio, offers rotating exhibitions featuring work of local and international artists.
Jessica grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2011 after receiving a BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2006 and an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2009. She began teaching at Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011 and is currently serving as faculty in the Sculpture and Expanded Media department. Together with Cleveland Institute of Art, Jessica founded Praxis Fiber Workshop in June, 2105.
“It has been a great privilege and honor to bring a new life to the fiber department at CIA and to open Praxis in a city with such welcoming community, kindness, talent and creativity. Thank you to every single person I have met along this journey and to every person who has created art using this precious equipment over the years and so are woven into the rich history of textiles in our region.”
Members of the Board
Christy Gray, Chair
Dru Thompson, Secretary
Joyce Jentoft, Treasurer