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. We took the existing fiber equipment including 17 floor looms and assorted dyeing supplies and opened a non-profit fiber art center. Our facilities are available to the CIA community and the greater Cleveland community in the revitalized arts district of Collinwood in east Cleveland. 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.