2020-21: The Year of Fabrication

Mon, 07/15/2019

2019-20 Fabrication Competitions:

  • Society FellowshipsOne-year residential fellowships at Cornell University with a $52,000 stipend. Application deadline: October 1, 2019.
  • Faculty FellowshipsOpen to Cornell faculty members only, one-year residential fellowships located at the A.D. White House. Application deadline: October 31, 2019.
  • Mellon Graduate FellowshipsOpen to Cornell graduate students only, one-year residential fellowships located at the A.D. White House, includes a $26,000 stipend, tuition, and student health insurance. Application deadline: October 31, 2019.

For more information about our FABRICATION fellowship competitions, see the research & funding page.


In so far as homo faber demarcates the human as artisan, as one who works and produces (or perhaps refuses to participate in an economy of production and reproduction), fabrication necessarily calls upon studies of labor, manufacturing, and (mass-)production. In this sense, fabrication connotes a materiality or tactility that stretches from the factory floor to the loom, and can be apprehended in metal and wood, plastics and dyes, canvas and paper, clays and concretes, fabrics and textiles.

From the weaving of Penelope to the communal knitting of ‘pussy hats,’ fabrication is gendered and embodied, mythologized and politicized, turning domestic crafts (often ‘women’s work’) into acts of resistance. Through fashion, costume, adornment, and drag, fabrication is woven into questions of embodiment, gender, sexuality, performance, and transformation. Communities and identities can be crafted, agency conjured, systems of power refashioned. 

Raising the relation between the high and low arts, the artist and the worker, the poet and rhetorician as well as the gendering of production and reproduction, fabrication lies at heart of the art and humanities.

Read the full FABRICATION focal theme description.
Image: Raúl de Neieves, Daves of Wonder, courtesy of the artist & Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery


Rainbow sculpture of dancer made out of tiny plastic beads.