Professor of Art
- M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
- B.A., Colorado College
Weaving I, II, III and IV (loom-based work and dyeing), Art Cloth I, II (everything you can do with fabric after it's already woven), Independent Studio Studies in Weaving, Off Campus Program in Tanzania, and student/faculty research projects.
Cultures of Tanzania and Kenya is a 5-credit course designed to help you understand more about the people you will be meeting and the diverse cultures you will be experiencing in Tanzania and Kenya. The main focus of our readings and discussions will be the family, as a way of understanding and comparing cultures, and to take best advantage of our main cultural informants – the families with whom you will be living. Much of your learning will be experiential, and our readings, discussions, tours and lectures will provide background and help you process those experiences. Your homestays in Usa River, Lamu, Mgeta, Iringa, and Loiborsoit will offer you your closest extended contacts with people. The Cultural Window papers will give you an opportunity to focus on a specific aspect of your experience and analyze it carefully. You will be volunteering in Iringa, and will write an extensive ethnographic/reflective paper about that experience, based on observation, participation and interviews.
Nancy Taylor teaches a variety of courses in weaving and fabric arts, and she regularly exhibits her own art. She has also led off campus programs in East Africa several times and conducted research about textile dyes with students.
She remarks, “I am particularly interested in the cultural and historical roots of contemporary weaving and other fiber arts, and in the important roles textiles have played in almost all cultures and times.”
There is always something growing on my loom! I work in slit-weave tapestry, as well as multi-harness weave structures. I am particularly interested in the cultural and historical roots of contemporary weaving and in the important roles textiles have played in almost all cultures and times.
Handweaver's Guild of America
American Tapestry Alliance
Surface Design Association