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Textile Design

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Saturday + Sunday, May 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-3080 ( Class is Full )
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

Saturday + Sunday, Jun 17 - 18 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEXT-1976
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $35


Description

Using real plants and minerals, bundle dyeing is a natural dye printing process that sources the local flora that live in the gardens (including your own), fields and forests of Rhode Island. An exciting introduction to the incredible beauty, color and patterns that can be created from nature, students also experience the surprising results that some plants and minerals produce -- like shades of yellow from calendula and chamomile, and pinks and purples from hibiscus. Experimentation with a variety of plant matter to find which yield the best results is encouraged. The entire process is explained and demonstrated including mordanting (how to prepare and fix the fabric for optimum dying results), bundling (wrapping and stacking the fabric) and fabric finishing techniques. Fundamentals of pattern design and repeats are also detailed as students create their own unique fabric. 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily O'Neil (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEXT-1977
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

The needle felting process uses a special barbed needle tool that entwines wool fibers and allows you to create soft, colorful and lightweight sculptures. The felt is created from the fibers by using the motion of your hand, which generates friction and heat, binding them together. Utilizing this ancient technique, you'll make contemporary wearable sculptural forms. How to integrate embellishments of narrative patterns and lines into work via silk thread embroidery is demonstrated and practiced. The technique also lends itself to making jewelry and decorative objects, and can then be done at home with minimal materials and space.


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Haviland (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-DFOU-1933
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

Whether starting from digital art or original work created by hand, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator helps make the final steps of the surface design process easier. These digital tools allow greater freedom to develop repeats, change colors, and add unique effects to an original design. Visualizing these designs on any three-dimensional object, be it ceramics, furniture, apparel or an entire room interior, is the exciting final step. In this course, lessons focus on advanced workflow methods between analog and digital design, as we work with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create patterns, simulate textures and craft colorways. Students exhibit their digital presentation skills for a final critique, showing a finished product line accented by unique textures and patterns. 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

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Adrian Burke (Bio)
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