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Textile Design

Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 1-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-1260
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $15


Description

Whether drawing with a needle and thread or coloring a picture using patterned fabric instead of crayons, students in this course explore many fundamental and traditional skills developed in the art studio through the tactile materials used in the fiber arts. Techniques such as embroidery, quilting and weaving allow students to explore both two- and three-dimensional artmaking, and to discover innovative ways to express themselves while making functional and nonfunctional textile art. Each session the class explores a different technique: weaving, felting, embroidery, funky quilts and fiber collage.


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 23 - 24 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEXT-1977 ( Class has Started )
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 Haviland (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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 reinforce an interior designer's success.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 20 - May 11 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Saturday through Monday, Jun 8 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEXT-3080
3 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $30


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 and materials to test the power of thread. Guided exercises allow students to utilize interdisciplinary approaches while developing their own imagery, and discovering language with thread. Historic and contemporary examples of working with thread are shown. The class also has the chance to visit the RISD Museum exhibit Repair and Design Futures, a multidisciplinary exhibition and programming series that investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action. Lunch is provided each day.


Instructor
  • Name: * Lu Heintz, James Drain (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 29 - Aug 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-1260
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

Whether drawing with a needle and thread or coloring a picture using patterned fabric instead of crayons, students in this course explore many fundamental and traditional skills developed in the art studio through the tactile materials used in the fiber arts. Techniques such as embroidery, quilting and weaving allow students to explore both two- and three-dimensional artmaking, and to discover innovative ways to express themselves while making functional and nonfunctional textile art. Each session the class explores a different technique: weaving, felting, embroidery, funky quilts and fiber collage.


Instructor
  • Name: Kristen Shea (Bio)
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