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Textile Design

Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-TEXT-0575
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $30


Description

Wet felting is a centuries-old process of combining layers of wool roving and/or wool yarns into one flat piece of felt fabric using just soap and water. It has traditionally been used to make everything from clothing to tents, and is an extremely meditative process. In this course you review the basics of the technique and learn how you can apply it to your fine art practice to create inspired tapestries and vessels. By the end of class you will have discovered a new and accessible form of art that requires minimal tools and space and has exciting results.


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Xenos (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - Apr 2 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-0851
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

Surface design is the illustration and design of shapes organized into patterns that can be applied to textiles and fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, tile, metal, fiberglass and resin. Inherent to this process are putting patterns into repeats and exploring the range of repeat options. Color development and finishing techniques are also crucial considerations. Students in this course start from their own digital art or original artwork created by hand and use digital tools to make the surface design process easier. These digital tools allow greater freedom to develop repeats, change colors, and add unique effects to an original design. Lessons focus on workflow methods between analog and digital design, as students create patterns, simulate textures and craft colorways. Visualizing these designs on any three-dimensional object, be it ceramics, furniture, apparel or an entire room interior, is the exciting final step. Students exhibit their digital presentation skills for a final critique, showing a finished product line in their area of interest, accented by unique textures and patterns. Please note: In addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-1977
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

Students in this class make contemporary, wearable, sculptural needle-felted forms. The needle felting process uses a special barbed needle tool that entwines wool fibers and allows you to create soft, colorful and lightweight jewelry and sculptures. The felt forms are created from natural sheep's wool that is bound and interlocked by piercing the wool with a variety of barbed needle tools. Demonstrations and practice in silk thread embroidery are included in order to add narrative, linear embellishments to the work. The technique lends itself to making jewelry, functional and fine art objects that can be created at home with minimal materials and space.


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Xenos (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-INDES-4441
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Before sophisticated machines, buildings and civilizations, humans created textiles. Often overlooked and taken for granted, fabrics are the workhorses of our everyday life: They reinforce our cultural, spiritual and interior identities. This course will focus on interior textiles and their many uses, misuses and applications. From the many plants around us to sophisticated research labs, students will follow along as fibers become yarn and a yarn becomes a textile. Learning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of both the fiber and textile reinforces an interior designer's success.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 25 - May 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-4049
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $5


Description

Join the RISD Museum's textile conservators for an immersive look at the basics of caring for historic garments and textiles. Through discussion, hands-on projects and behind-the-scenes visits to the museum, you will explore how to identify, store, display and prolong the lifespan of these important pieces of our material history. To preserve your own vintage garments and fabrics, you'll learn many effective, free and inexpensive methods and materials to use, including which pieces to hang versus box horizontally, and which home locations have the best environmental conditions for storage. You will also find out which damage-causing materials to avoid (plastic garment bags/wrapping, acidic tissue paper, etc.). You will have the opportunity to work with your own objects or samples supplied for the class. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary; this course is open to anyone with an interest in textiles.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: * Jessica Urick, Anna Rose Keefe (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 7-10pm | No Class: 5/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-1879
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Illustration, layout design, color development and finishing techniques are the essential elements of a surface pattern design. In this course, you'll translate your original artwork and designs into a variety of patterns, and then apply them to a range of surfaces, such as fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, tile, metal, fiberglass and resin. Using collage, graphite, watercolor and gouache, students apply design principles and color theory while developing design concepts for a potential product and target market. Students enhance their abilities and styles by creating three original surface pattern designs as take-home assignments. Surface design history -- including traditional techniques, cultural impact and style development -- is introduced. Students also learn to prepare original designs for the marketplace by developing professional presentation techniques, self-promotion practices and learning about various printing processes and production technology. This course is a perfect next step after Surface Design: Introduction.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - Mar 31 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-4116
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $25


Description

Have you ever wanted to dye yarn to create your own one-of-a-kind skein, with a color combination that no one else has? In this course, you'll discover how to dye your own yarn, experimenting with a variety of fibers and dye methods. Once these skeins of yarn are created, you'll learn to hand knit a simple finished project of a hat, mittens, scarf or hand warmers. You'll complete the course with a full understanding of different yarn weights, their uses and how to read knitting patterns and yarn labels. Note: The material in this course is appropriate for all levels of experience. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Mar 25 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-INDES-4426
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

In this course we discuss the color and style trends that are forecast to be prominent for the home furnishings industry over the next 18 months. We look at how trends start and their sources of inspiration, and examine how social, economic and ecological factors impact textile design and evolve into an aesthetic. We discuss how colors and textures seen in the world of fashion foreshadow what happens in home decor. Students view images from the prominent industry trade shows where trends debut, as well as take a behind-the-scenes look at international textiles mills to see how trends in color and design translate into textiles.


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Feb 26 - May 20 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-1902 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $65 | deposit fee $100


Description

Learn to create light, open, lacy weaves and beautifully textured fabrics. This course is an introduction to lace and leno weaving techniques that lend themselves to the creation of a wide variety of items such as scarves, throws, table runners and window coverings. Using the four-harness loom, both beginning and more advanced weavers experiment with hand-manipulated and loom-controlled lace weaves, which allow for great freedom in designing. Students also explore different threadings for creating patterns in loom-controlled lace weaves. After completing a series of samples, students design and execute a project of their choice. Note: Lab fee covers warp and weft yarns for samples. Students purchase their own yarns for projects. Each borrows a portable loom and takes it home weekly.

Loom deposit: $100 ($75 refunded upon return of loom)



Instructor
  • Name: Susan Sklarek (Bio)
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