Deborah First

Deborah First

Deborah First

  • B.F.A., East Carolina University
  • M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art
First year at SCAD:

"The opportunity to help students develop their voice and vision."


Established Jacquard weaving program at SCAD


Textile Society of America, Surface Design Association

Publications and presentations

  • "From Upholstery to Installation: Educating Designers and Artists using an Electronic Jacquard Loom," paper in juried panel, "Computerized Jacquard Weaving: Exploring Options and Issues for Textile Artists and Designers," Textile Society of America's seventh biennial symposium
  • "High Tech Tools Meet Historic Textiles," field session, National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference
  • Catalog essay for SCAD exhibition "Parade," Paris, France, July 2004
  • "e-textiles," Jacquard woven work included on CD-ROM produced by Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles

Previous Positions

Completed Jacquard and advanced Jacquard workshops at Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles

Courses Taught

  • FIBR 315 Computer-aided Woven Design
  • FIBR 401 Advanced Fiber Arts I
  • FIBR 403 Advanced Fiber Arts II
  • FIBR 406 Fibers Portfolio Preparation
  • FIBR 414 Computer-aided Jacquard Design
  • FIBR 455 Advanced Computer-aided Jacquard Design
  • FIBR 704 Surfaces and Structures
  • FIBR 726 Digital Dobby Design Studio
  • FIBR 733 Digital Jacquard Design Studio I
  • FIBR 743 Digital Jacquard Design Studio II
  • FIBR 745 Studio Issues in Fibers I
  • FIBR 765 Seminar in Fibers
  • FIBR 772 Studio Issues in Fibers II
  • FIBR 775 Studio Issues in Fibers III