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Textile Design

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


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.

  • Name: * Lu Heintz, James Drain (Bio)
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Monday - Friday, Jul 29 - Aug 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-1260 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


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.

  • Name: Kristen Shea (Bio)
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Wednesdays, Jun 19 - Jul 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEXT-1408
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $60


An elegant and accessible way to create repeating patterns on paper and fabric, block printing is unparalleled. Make your own signature textiles by hand using relief printing -- creating image transfers from carved blocks. This course introduces the entire process, from translating images and ideas into hand drawings, to transferring drawings to blocks, to carving to printing. Inherent in developing designs, approaches to creating dynamic four-way repeat patterns are introduced, which are then translated into carved printing matrices. You learn best practices for registering and printing your own signature textiles by hand. The finished work lends itself to a variety of beautiful fine art, design and craft applications.

  • Name: Anna McNeary (Bio)
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Thursdays, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 3-6pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEXT-4058
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $75


This course takes place at RISD's Co-Works Lab, and uses both digital and analog approaches to create embellishments and textile/soft good-related work. The class looks at digital and analog together as a working unit, and decides which tools are best for individual approaches. Class sessions incorporate demonstrations of both digital and analog tools and techniques, including laser cutting, machine sewing, hand embellishing and digital embroidery. Students take turns with the variety of resources, and ultimately combine processes to create unique embellishments or soft good pieces. An introduction to Illustrator allows students to create their designs for export and manufacture into tangible pieces. Toggling between the digital and analog options, this class is an excellent entry point to work with both, to experiment and to problem solve. Discussion focuses on how ornamentation and embellishment operate and how to harness the available tools to achieve desired results. The class is applicable to students with interests in soft goods, textiles, fashion and fabrication, and is also an opportunity to enhance hand techniques. 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.

Prerequisite: Comfortable working with a computer

  • Name: Brynn Trusewicz (Bio)
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