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Textile Design

Course Details

Thursdays, Jul 13 - Aug 3 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/SE-FOUND-1280
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $25


Description

Have you ever wanted to capture the charm of your favorite destination in a way that you could carry it with you? Find out how to apply the iconographic methods of cartographers to add distinct style as you design and paint a tote bag, pillow or other accessory -- turning a classic essential into a statement piece you can gift or keep for yourself! The possibilities are endless: Whether you love vacationing in Venice, rambling through Reykjavik, or beaching at a Block Island home, you'll interpret your scenic memories and the shape and contours of the landscape into a home accessory. This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Elise Fargnoli (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Aug 5 | 10am-2pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/SE-TEXT-1210
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $25


Description

Join a renowned materials dyer and fiber artist for an engaging workshop where you'll learn how to dye fabric and silk ribbon using botanicals. You will be introduced to natural dyes such as cochineal, madder root, marigold, dahlia and osage. As you dye squares of fabric and silk ribbon, you'll build observational color skills complemented by note-taking to eventually build your own ingredient color library. Rhonda will also teach how to hand stitch the ribbon on the fabric to create beautiful embellished pieces suitable for pillows, wall hangings or journal covers. This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Rhonda Fargnoli (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEXT-1977 ( Class is almost Full )
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, Jul 11 - Aug 15 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/SE-APP-1211
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

In an effort to create stronger, warmer clothing, our early ancestors, the Neanderthals, created crude pointed tools out of bone, poked holes in fur hides and joined them together with cord. 45,000 years later, we have computerized this simple technique to produce just about everything you can think of -- from luggage to linens, from automobile interiors to accessories. But sewing -- as a craft, hobby or even its practicality for individuals -- is becoming a lost art. If you think sewing is difficult or too complicated, think again! Sewing and its tools have changed dramatically over the years. What's available to today's sewer makes every part of sewing easier, and more enjoyable, than ever. If you want the satisfaction that comes from making your own things like tote bags, Roman shades, aprons, quilts and more, then this course is for you. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine and sewing/accessories kit to class. This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Leslie Fontana (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jul 12 - Aug 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/SE-TEXT-1283
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

Have you wanted to make your own printed fabric or wallpaper? Illustration, color development and finishing techniques form the basis of surface pattern design development, with applications in fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, metal, fiberglass and resin. In this course, we will discuss various printing processes to better understand how your original surface pattern designs can be produced. Using collage, graphite, watercolor and gouache, we will apply 2D design principles and color theory to support design decisions for a variety of surface applications. This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Adrian Burke (Bio)
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