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Apparel & Fashion Design

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Saturday + Sunday, May 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-3080
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Fast becoming a viable art medium of choice for a new generation of artists, embroidery is no longer restricted to its traditional tea towel-and-pillow history. This workshop explores and challenges the boundaries of working with thread, and combines it with material studies and image making. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary approaches to working with thread, hand and machine embroidery techniques, as well as experimentation on an array of substrates to test the power of thread. Guided exercises allow students to utilize interdisciplinary approaches while developing their own imagery, and discovering language with thread. The class also has the chance to visit the RISD Museum to experience historical examples of embroidery used in bold and extraordinary ways. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.


Instructor
  • Name: Cindy Davis (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 18 - 25 | 10am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-CHILD-1988
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $215 | lab fee $10


Description

Explore the exciting world of fashion while working with papers, colored pencils, fashion magazines, fabrics, trims, embellishments, mannequins and sewing tools. Watch runway shows, learn about fashion from different eras and then create your own clothing collection. You'll draw concept fashion designs, fabricate creations on mini dress forms, accessorize with ideas for shoes, bags and hats and finally, invent fashion logos to promote your new fashion collection. Please provide a lunch, snacks and a beverage.


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Feb 27 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-APP-3032
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $20


Description

Own a sewing machine and want to learn to actually use it? This more extended and in-depth sewing class than Sewing: Introduction familiarizes you with your machine while providing instruction in basic sewing skills. We review sewing kit equipment, needle position, stitch types, the impact of fabric types and qualities, as well as how to avoid bunching and jamming. In addition to learning basic stitches each week for a sample sewing notebook, students practice basic sewing procedures by creating three small simple items such as a pillow, an apron and a tote bag. We then advance to three larger clothing projects, such as a pair of pull-on pants/short/skirt, a simple shirt or blouse, and a garment with a zipper. This is followed by a group discussion and critique of the work. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine and sewing/accessories kit to class. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-APP-3079
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

This course reinforces sewing skills learned in Sewing: Introduction, adding more sewing stitches and seams while sewing garments. We learn about different stitch types, more sewing techniques, and the impact of fabric types and qualities. In addition to keeping a sample sewing notebook, students start the first two sessions sewing a choice of simple pajama pants, pull-on shorts, or pull-on skirt. We then progress to constructing two medium-level garments -- a top or shirt -- and then a garment with a side or back zipper. At the end of the final session, we hold a group discussion and critique of our finished work. Some sewing experience is required. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine to class; required sewing accessories/tools are indicated in the supply list.

Prerequisite: Sewing: Introduction or equivalent skills.


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, May 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-1742
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $110 | lab fee $15


Description

Are you a sneaker head? An avid collector with the need to go further and learn to create your own customized shoes? Or maybe you are not over-the-top obsessed, but simply interested in the fashion industry and digital design. This workshop is ideal for both types of teen creatives. You'll begin with an introduction to the industry standard drawing program Adobe Illustrator. As you become comfortable with the technology, technique comes into play as you learn from an experienced athletic shoe designer exactly how it's done. You'll leave with a portfolio of original custom sneaker designs ready to share as digital files.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Joe Napurano (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-0420
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $20


Description

Step it up a notch! In this course, you create a custom-fit wardrobe essential. Choose from a "little black dress," first made famous in 1926 by Coco Chanel, or the men's equivalent, a button-front shirt, with options for various collar styles. You start with an easy, basic pattern, and learn to alter the design to suit your personal styles. You then cut fabric of your choice and sew the garment using both hand and machine stitching. The result: a piece that can be worn time and time again, fit for any occasion. All levels are welcome. Note: Bring 2.5 yards of non-stretch fabric, a 22-inch invisible zipper, and a sewing machine if you have it. We supply all other tools and notions.

Applies to: AT, Y3

Prerequisite: Although not required, some sewing experience is useful.


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
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