Opportunities at Praxis Fiber Workshop

Applications are open for 2021 internships! Deadline May 1, 2021

  • Studio Intern

The Studio Intern will work to care for our ever-evolving Main Studio, Digital Weaving Lab, and Natural Dye Garden spaces. The Intern will contribute to studio upgrades, equipment and donation intake and redistribution to relevant community organizations, and the development of educational programming at Praxis. The Intern can also develop mentoring and teaching skills by assisting students and members in their projects. Familiarity with at least one fiber process (sewing, weaving, spinning, knit/crochet, dyeing) and related equipment (looms, spinning wheels, dye lab and lab safety, accessories) is preferred.

  • Gallery Intern

The Gallery Intern will work primarily with the Gallery Director to plan exhibitions, prepare supporting materials, and organize community events. A main part of this role will be installation and deinstallation of the rotating exhibition schedule in the Praxis Gallery. The intern will work closely with exhibiting artists to help achieve their vision.  The intern will assist the director in planning and implementing the exhibition schedule for 2022. Requirements for this role include, art handling, installation/deinstallation, understanding of art theory and field of contemporary textiles, high skills in organization and communication.

  • Research Intern

The Research Intern will work to develop an independent project aligned with a program or category in Praxis’s mission. Possibilities include fiber and natural dye history, contemporary fiber art practices and technology, material studies, and theory. The Intern will work with Praxis’s growing library, historic textile collection, and ongoing collection and review of resources pertaining to the above topics. The Intern may also choose to conduct research on contemporary artists in Cleveland and the surrounding region, or on fiber art and technology as a field. The form of the Intern’s work may come as, but is not limited to: organization and documentation of books and textiles, a blog featuring new books in the Praxis Library with written reviews, a series of essays or papers concerning a topic of research that utilizes materials in the Praxis Library and Collections, or hosted panel discussions.

  • Digital Weaving Lab Intern (PAID POSITION see description)
    • The Digital Weaving Lab intern supports maintenance and preparation for the Digital Weaving Lab residency. This includes preparing warps and warping the TC2 loom (training provided), regularly checking the equipment during open studio hours and providing basic weaving support, i.e., fixing broken ends, finding materials, tools, etc. for each resident. An hourly wage will be provided for winding and warping the loom, up to 12 hours per week and additional time will be compensated with TC2 access. Prior experience weaving on either the TC1 or TC2 is required.
  • Natural Dye Garden Intern ( April 15 – Oct. 15, deadline to apply April 1)
    • Natural Dye Garden intern will become immersed in our initiative to grow, process and use natural indigo. The intern will support activities associated with our indigo adoption program. This includes communicating with the local Praxis community who will be growing indigo for Praxis at home and across business and organization. The intern will also assist in the maintenance of our natural indigo vat as well as the planting and harvesting of natural indigo on site at Praxis. Experience with natural dyes and/or gardening is preferred.

All internships require a minimum commitment of 4 hours per week, from June 1, 2021 – May 30, 2022, arranged according to each person’s schedule. Interns are expected to be motivated and adaptable to the dynamic conditions of a small nonprofit organization.

Interns receive 24/7 keyed access to Praxis Fiber Workshop, including dedicated time on a loom and open use of accessories and studio materials including yarn, scrap fabric, and dyes. Interns can enroll in as many classes and workshops as they wish (taking into consideration COVID-19 restrictions) in order to expand their practice and knowledge. Interns also benefit from being part of a supportive intergenerational community of local makers.

To apply:

Each applicant may apply to (1) of the open internship positions. Application materials for the specified internship must be compiled into a single PDF document no larger than 25 MB. The document should be titled with the applicant’s first & last name as well as the internship they are applying for (ie. Doe_Joan_STUDIO.pdf). Applications must include:

  • A statement of purpose in which the applicant states the reasons for applying to the internship, what they seek to learn from the experience, and what skills and ideas they can share with Praxis (250 word max).
  • Resume / CV
    • 5 images of works that demonstrate knowledge of fiber art processes.
    • Proposal for intended research project (250 words max).
    • Letter of recommendation from program or location where weaving experience was obtained.

Questions and finished applications should be sent to gallery@praxisfiberworkshop.org.

Praxis Fiber Workshop Emerging Artist Fellowship

Praxis Fiber Workshop Emerging Artist Fellowship is offered to a recent graduates from universities in Northeast Ohio who have shown dedication to building a long-term studio practice. This fellowship is for an artist that would like to fully immerse themselves in fiber techniques and processes, and have had at least minimal exposure or training in the following: weaving, dyeing, sewing, or felting. During the 6-8 month fellowship term, the Fellow will have 24/7 access to Praxis Fiber Workshop’s facilities, equipment, and supplies, as well as a locker for storage. Fellows receive tuition-free enrollment in classes and workshops, and are expected to take at least three. The fellowship culminates in a one month solo exhibition at the close of the term in August.

Application materials must be compiled into a single PDF document, no larger than 5 MB. The document must be titled with first & last name, ie. JESSICA_PINSKY.PDF. Applications must include:

  • 10 images of recent work
  • Image list with the following: Title, date, size, medium, and a brief content description if
  • Artist statement including WHY you are a match for this position
  • Resume/CV

We are currently accepting applications for 2021-2020. Application deadline is August 15, 2021, at 11:59PM EST.
Please email contact@praxisfiberworkshop.org to submit or to ask questions.

2015-2016: Annmarie Suglio (BFA in Fibers + Material Studies and Sculpture, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2016-2017: Abby Clark (BFA in Printmaking, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2017-2018: Laura Yurko (BFA in Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2018-2019: Greg Hatch (MFA, Ohio University)

2019-2020: Lucy Bailey (BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2020-2021:  Xuena Pu (BFA in Fashion, Columbus College of Art and Design)