Fall 2017

  1. Apparel Fabrics

    This senior level course is offered to those students interested in designing and making apparel fabrics and accessories. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of techniques including silkscreen and digital printing, weaving, knitting, sewing, and invented techniques, along with designing on paper for industrial and hand production. While students will develop their ideas through samples and drawings, they gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between fabric and the human form, and will eventually bring their work to final form as prototypes or finished designs on paper. Researching the field will generate topics for discussion in class.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Use of advanced equipment incurs additional fees.

  2. Cad In Textiles

    Through demonstrations and practice in the department's computer lab, students learn to use NedGraphics software. Assignments help students to incorporate the tools and functions available in this professional software into their own ideas. By the end of the course students will have gained a readiness to integrate computer-aided methods into their design processes in other appropriate courses.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  3. Changing Fabric Surface

    Students work on a specific theme of their choosing and derive designs and concepts from this theme for work in fabric silkscreen. After completing assignments that focus on specific techniques and design problems, students plan and execute a more defined and larger project relying on the experience incorporated during the first part of the course. Fabric construction and dyeing techniques can be integrated into the work.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  4. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of indepedndent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  5. Fibers And Dyeing

    This course introduces the student to a wide variety of materials and processes involved in the production of both hand and industrially produced textiles. Topics include fiber properties and identification, spinning and yarn construction, natural and chemical dyeing, textile constructions and fabric finishing. Both historical and contemporary examples are studied. Class time is divided equally between lecture and lab work. Lectures are supplemented with weekly readings in the text, videos, museum visits, quizzes and a final exam. Each student also prepares spinning and dyeing samples to be presented in notebook form.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  6. Fine Arts Textiles

    In this senior level course emphasis is placed on the development and definition of individual direction. Students' work can range from installations to two-dimensional pieces and can employ any techniques and materials, from weaving, printing, knitting, or any improvised construction techniques.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Use of advanced equipment incurs additional fees.

  7. From An Idea To Meaning

    Through drawing and painting we will investigate different subject matter in the development of a personal vision and point of view to create meaningful and moving work. We will work from live models, still-lifes and objects, and explore the use of icons, symbols and images through experimentation with a wide range of media and processes including charcoal, pen and ink, acrylics, objects and collage.

    Beyond this, the main goal of the course is the development of a working process to strengthen conceptual and expressive abilities. This approach will allow students to communicate concerns with originality and creativity in ways that can later be applied to work in any discipline and medium.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web-registration.

  8. Graduate Studio I

    This course, a major component in the student's curriculum, is tailored to individual needs and can entail two types of activity: 1. Participation in sophomore, junior or senior level courses to strengthen technical skills and design vocabulary; including Weaving II, Knitted Fabrics, Surface Design and/or Woven Structure for Pattern, and 2. Individual projects under graduate advisors to clarify personal concepts and format of the work. This semester's emphasis is on enlarging and solidifying the student's background and defining direction for the work.

    Graduate major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Fee: Varies depending on student projects

  9. Graduate Studio III

    In this second-year course, the emphasis is on clarifying student's specific area of interest, format of the work, its context, and personal concepts.

    Graduate major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Fee: Varies depending on student projects

  10. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  11. Industrial Knitting

    This advanced knitting course investigates the design and creation of knit fabrics using specialized software and a computerized, industrial knitting machine. Students deepen their understanding of a wide range of knit constructions, learn new structures, and experience a different method of creating knit fabric and forms through weekly sampling work and then a final project that is a collection of fabrics for interior and apparel applications, or pieces. The intended end use will guide students' pattern and material studies. Students are introduced to the knitting industry and exciting examples of contemporary and historical knitting and encouraged to forge new paths in the medium.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  12. Interior Fabrics

    This senior level course is offered to those interested in pursuing work for an interior end use, such as furnishing fabric, wall covering, or carpeting to be produced by hand or industrially. At the start, students select an architectural space as a framework. Through analysis and sampling, they will arrive at their own design solutions, which will be showcased as a collection at the end. Researching the design field will generate topics for discussion in class. Techniques include surface pattern, printing, weaving and knitting, along with invented techniques.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Use of advanced equipment incurs additional fees.

  13. Jacquard Design

    This course investigates pattern in the context of jacquard weaving. Students develop their ideas on paper and execute their designs on the computer, which are used for drafting the structures as well. At least one design from each student is woven on the electronic jacquard loom. Students explore their patterns through color and material experimentation at the loom. During the course, each student develops a small portfolio of jacquard designs. Slides and samples of historicaland modern application of the technique are also studied.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  14. Knitted Fabrics

    This course approaches the development of machine knit fabrics and forms as one process, where aspects of form are developed along-side fabric patterns and structures. Students learn advanced construction techniques and knit structure drafting and shaping, in order to further develop their design processes and ideas for knits. Emphasis is placed on experimentation, careful consideration of materials, and research. Ideas about color, pattern, texture, drape, and concept and working large scale are explored. Fully-fashioned garments are the primary three-dimensional forms to which students apply their ideas, in the form of two major projects. Throughout the semester, students bring their experience of garment building and shaping, their range of knitting skills and techniques, and their ability to express ideas in knitting to a higher level of resolution. Hand knitting, embellishment, dyeing, printing, finishing, felting and other processes are encouraged and can be integrated into the fabric design and construction.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  15. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

  16. Surface Design

    This is an introductory course in the design of patterns. Proceeding through structured projects, the class focuses on basic design issues and color as they apply to continuous patterns. Students gain experience in finding ideas and developing them into finished designs while learning to use tools and techniques suitable for this medium.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  17. Text: Outgoing Exchange Pgm

    This course registers an outgoing exchange student into a pre-approved TEXT studio course which is taken at the exchange school. Successful completion of the course will result in a "T" grade once receipt of the official transcript from the partner school has arrived at Registrar's Office.

  18. Textile Degree Project

    The student's project, designed in consultation with the faculty, can be in one of the textile areas or in combination with other disciplines at the school. The project, which will be evaluated by the faculty and visiting critics at the end of the semester, can entail a collection of designs or fine arts work representing the current conclusive state of student's work or an investigation of a new area. The level of concepts, skills, and commitment constitute a major part of the criteria in the evaluation of the work.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Mid-year graduates should seek department permission to fulfill 9 credits in Fall and Wintersession.

    Use of advanced equipment incurs additional fees.

  19. Textile Seminar I

    This course focuses on issues in the professional textile field, such as the effect of production parameters and end use on design decisions. While helping students become more familiar with the wide ranging market, from the most innovative to the traditional, this course aims at providing an awareness of how one's own work fits into this context. Lecturers include professionals from the field, who advise on the studio work required in this class.

    Graduate major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Course is repeated in the second year for credit

  20. Textiles Transforming Into Furniture

    This research course focuses on the experimentation with soft materials utilizing techniques of textile construction to create functional furniture with structural integrity. This course will rely on teamwork between Furniture Design and Textile students to take advantage of each other's expertise in furniture making and textile construction.

    In the beginning of the course students will be introduced to examples of contemporary furniture design, which use soft materials in unconventional ways to create unexpected forms and experiences. Reading will be assigned that covers these contemporary examples in detail. Parallel to this students will be exposed to weaving and knitting techniques, but should also consider other techniques for example crocheting, knotting, basket weaving etc. Students are encouraged to alter these techniques according to their needs to discover unique design solutions. Additionally, students will be introduced to unconventional materials not necessarily associated with furniture to generate innovative results. Substructures constructed out of solid materials can be used to provide rigidity as well as glue/resin to reinforce soft materials. Since this course focuses on material research, students are expected to engage in sustained in-depth inquiry, which should be documented in a meaningful way through out the entire process.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Fee: $125.00

  21. Weaving II

    Students develop their chosen themes through drawing and executing a series of woven samples. The samples explore structures and materials relevant to the chosen subject matter. Students weave fine arts oriented or design projects which evolve from the investigation.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  22. Woven Structure For Pattern

    This elective course is intended for those whose main interest is pattern but who also want to acquire skills to apply this to woven structures. Using both handlooms and dobby looms, students will explore structural possibilities for building patterns in weaving. Material quality, color, and potential end use will be part of the criteria for analyzing work. Exercises in drafting -- both by hand and on the computer -- as a means of understanding woven structures in a three-dimensional way and generating new structures for patterns will be a strong part of this course.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

Wintersession 2018

  1. Degree Project And Thesis Preparation

    Students work independently to develop ideas, materials and processes in preparation for the spring semester degree and thesis projects. The work is self initiated and self directed. Students meet as a group on a weekly basis.

    Senior Textiles majors

    Instructor permission required.

  2. Design For Digitally Printed Fabrics

    This intensive course moves from concept to design development and then onto digitally printed fabrics. Students start by creating presentation boards for color, pattern, and application in order to establish direction in their work. With Adobe Photoshop serving as the primary tool, the traditional techniques of drawing, painting, and collage are integrated with new design technology. Class instruction will lead students through the Adobe software in the development of design for extensive experimentation on the Textiles' Mimaki fabric printer. Students will be encouraged to go beyond the boundaries of traditional textile design to meet the possibilities of this exciting technology.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00

  3. Digital Embroidery

    Digital embroidery transforms hand-crafted couture into a work of fine art. Just like a tattoo where an image is created with needles and color, so embroidered fabric or paper is needle-stitched with colored threads. A basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is helpful, but we will also cover the fundamentals of creating a preparatory design file in Adobe Illustrator. This vector design file will then be artistically translated into a Pulse embroidery file that can be saved and sewn out as as a multiple or repeat pattern. The resulting personalized textile can be applied to fabrics for apparel or interior applications as well as fine art.

    There will be a series of small assignments to build up a repertoire of techniques and then a final project that summarizes the student's ability and artistic innovation. This course will explore top of the line Tajima Pulse software with the goal of creating personalized images that will be sewn out on a 15-needle Tajima commercial embroidery machine.
    Major Elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration for Spring semester.

  4. Fabric Silkscreen

    Starting with making their own screens, students learn various stencil making methods for water base dyes and pigments. The design of a continuous surface pattern with a repeating unit is exploredin printing. Printing of motifs and borders is included as well. Such methods as dyeing, painting and fabric construction can be used in conjunction with printing.

  5. From An Idea To Meaning

    Through drawing and painting we will investigate different subject matter in the development of a personal vision and point of view to create meaningful and moving work. We will work from live models, still-lifes and objects, and explore the use of icons, symbols and images through experimentation with a wide range of media and processes including charcoal, pen and ink, acrylics, objects and collage.

    Beyond this, the main goal of the course is the development of a working process to strengthen conceptual and expressive abilities. This approach will allow students to communicate concerns with originality and creativity in ways that can later be applied to work in any discipline and medium.

  6. Machine Knitting

    Students will learn the basic techniques of machine knitting and explore the possibilities of structural effects, color, pattern, and material quality within those techniques. They will also learn about finishing methods--such as felting, dyeing, and simple printing--that can be used on knitted fabric. Developing further the most interesting results from this experimentation, and according to their interests, students will create a knitted fabric or finished piece for an end use, be it apparel, furnishings, or art pieces.

  7. Surface Design

    This is an introductory course in the design of patterns. Proceeding through structured projects, the class focuses on basic design issues and color as they apply to continuous patterns. Students gain experience in finding ideas and developing them into finished designs while learning to use tools and techniques suitable for this medium.

  8. Textile Degree Project

    The student's project, designed in consultation with the faculty, can be in one of the textile areas or in combination with other disciplines of the school. The project, which will be evaluated by the faculty and visiting critics at the end of the semester, can entail a collection of designs or fine arts work representing the current conclusive state of students' work or an investigation of a new area. The level of concepts, skills, and commitment constitute a major part of the criteria in the evaluation of the work.

    Senior Textiles majors

    Instructor permission required.

  9. Textiles Takes Shape: Reuse And Re-appropriation

    Trolls, bots and memes oh my! In the forest of online hocus-pocus, where does form and material exploration IRL exist? This intensive studio elective will explore methods and issues of image and material appropriation through textile-based study and construction. We will engage with rudimentary forms of off-loom weaving, hand knitting, felting and latch hook rug techniques as they pertain to building sculptural form. Students will be introduced to histories of artists and designers as well as explore methodologies of montage, trompe l'oeil and collage through lectures, readings and visits to the RISD Museum's Costume Collection. We will look at such artists as Betye Saar, Shinique Smith, Stan Brakhage, Josh Faught, Mike Kelley, Marcel Duchamp, Jessica Stockholder, Hannah Hch, Wangechi Mutu and Wendy Red Star. The class will explore pattern making, re-using and recycling materials to new ends and applying methodologies and techniques to unorthodox materials. Students in the course do not need a background in textiles or sculpture, but should be open and ready to experiment, discuss and explore individually and as a group. The final week of the class will be the making of a work that will bring together the threads of the previous weeks' exploration, experimentation and study.

  10. The Woven Rug

    Rugs and floor-coverings from different counties and cultures, both historical and contemporary, will be shown as examples of how material and design are developed within a cultural and functional context. This will serve as a foundation for students to develop their own vision and sources of inspiration. Each student will design and execute a woven rug intended for a specific use and/or space.

    Students will learn to set up the loom and will experiment with a variety of rugmaking techniques for both flat and pile surfaces. Exploration with a wide range of materials, from wool to reeds to plastics, are encouraged to find new solutions for each project. Special yarn dyeing techniques will be taught as a way to expand the range of color effects.

Spring 2018

  1. Cad In Textiles

    Through demonstrations and practice in the department's computer lab, students learn to use NedGraphics software. Assignments help students to incorporate the tools and functions available in this professional software into their own ideas. By the end of the course students will have gained a readiness to integrate computer-aided methods into their design processes in other appropriate courses.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  2. Changing Fabric Surface

    Students work on a specific theme of their choosing and derive designs and concepts from this theme for work in fabric silkscreen. After completing assignments that focus on specific techniques and design problems, students plan and execute a more defined and larger project relying on the experience incorporated during the first part of the course. Fabric construction and dyeing techniques can be integrated into the work.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  3. Design For Printed Textiles

    This course emphasizes the design process - how to come up with an idea and how to develop it into a finished design - as well as technical skills. Using tools, techniques, and materials from professional studios, students work on paper exploring and analyzing layouts, color, and other design elements within repeated patterns. As students develop their individual styles, they are exposed to design requirements stemming from production methods and the intended end use. Successful work from this course becomes part of students' portfolios.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles Department only, course not available via web registration

  4. Digital Embroidery

    Digital embroidery transforms hand-crafted couture into a work of fine art. Just like a tattoo where an image is created with needles and color, so embroidered fabric or paper is needle-stitched with colored threads. A basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is helpful, but we will also cover the fundamentals of creating a preparatory design file in Adobe Illustrator. This vector design file will then be artistically translated into a Pulse embroidery file that can be saved and sewn out as as a multiple or repeat pattern. The resulting personalized textile can be applied to fabrics for apparel or interior applications as well as fine art.

    There will be a series of small assignments to build up a repertoire of techniques and then a final project that summarizes the student's ability and artistic innovation. This course will explore top of the line Tajima Pulse software with the goal of creating personalized images that will be sewn out on a 15-needle Tajima commercial embroidery machine.
    Major Elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration for Spring semester.

  5. Dobby Weaving And Design

    This course is an investigation of the technical, formal and material potential of multi-harness weave structures on 24-harness dobby looms. Through extensive sampling of assigned structures, students expand their skills while developing their visual and tactile vocabularies. Stipulations coming from the intended end use of the fabric as well as production methods become part of the design considerations. Advanced drafting both by hand and on computer, as well as fabric analysis is part of the course. Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  6. Fabric Silkscreen

    Starting with making their own screens, students learn various stencil making methods for water base dyes and pigments. The design of a continuous surface pattern with a repeating unit is explored in printing. Printing of motifs and borders is included as well. Such methods as dyeing, painting and fabric construction can be used in conjunction with printing.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  7. Graduate Studio II

    This course, a major component in the student's can entail two types of activity: 1. Participation in sophomore, junior or senior level courses to strengthen technical skills and design vocabulary; Including Design for Printed Textiles and Fabric Silkscreen and 2. Individual projects under graduate advisors to clarify personal concepts and format of the work. This semester's emphasis is on enlarging and solidifying the student's background and defining direction for the work.

    Graduate major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Fee: Varies depending on student projects

  8. History Of Western Textiles: Focus On Europe And America

    From Coptic fragments to 15th-century Italian trade silks, early 20th-century apparel fabrics to mid-century modern casement cloths, this course will utilize the extensive textile and apparel collections of the RISD Museum of Art as points of departure for the study of Western textile design. By way of illustrated lecture (both in the classroom and at the Museum), discussions and readings, students will come to understand the stylistic and cultural significance textiles have played in the history of Western art and culture from antiquity to the modern era. The manner in which social, economic, technological, and political changes have impacted advancements in textile fibers, fabric structures, color, and design will be explored. Research projects utilizing the textile and apparel collections will afford students the opportunity to partake in hands-on objects based study.

    Textiles majors can be preregistered by the department

  9. Industrial Knitting

    This advanced knitting course investigates the design and creation of knit fabrics using specialized software and a computerized, industrial knitting machine. Students deepen their understanding of a wide range of knit constructions, learn new structures, and experience a different method of creating knit fabric and forms through weekly sampling work and then a final project that is a collection of fabrics for interior and apparel applications, or pieces. The intended end use will guide students' pattern and material studies. Students are introduced to the knitting industry and exciting examples of contemporary and historical knitting and encouraged to forge new paths in the medium.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  10. Jacquard For Pattern

    This is an elective course for students who want to continue studying woven pattern. Using the NedGraphics software for pattern and Point Carre jacquard software for drafting woven structures, students will develop patterns through experimentation with material and color. The intended end use of the fabric will figure throughout in the design decisions.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles Department only, course not available via web registration

  11. Knitted Fabrics

    This course approaches the development of machine knit fabrics and forms as one process, where aspects of form are developed along-side fabric patterns and structures. Students learn advanced construction techniques and knit structure drafting and shaping, in order to further develop their design processes and ideas for knits. Emphasis is placed on experimentation, careful consideration of materials, and research. Ideas about color, pattern, texture, drape, and concept and working large scale are explored. Fully-fashioned garments are the primary three-dimensional forms to which students apply their ideas, in the form of two major projects. Throughout the semester, students bring their experience of garment building and shaping, their range of knitting skills and techniques, and their ability to express ideas in knitting to a higher level of resolution. Hand knitting, embellishment, dyeing, printing, finishing, felting and other processes are encouraged and can be integrated into the fabric design and construction.

    Major elective

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  12. Knitting Machine Techniques

    While learning about the technical possibilities of the manually operated knitting machine, students explore color, pattern, materials and structure. Finishing techniques, such as felting and dyeing are introduced. Through weekly assignments, students develop a sample library that serves as a resource for subsequent work. A final project involves planning and sampling for a final garment of the students own design, that is then executed at the end of the course. Consideration of the garment form, its proportion to the body, and the coherence of these elements are integrated into the course.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  13. Textile Degree Project

    The student's project, designed in consultation with the faculty, can be in one of the textile areas or in combination with other disciplines at the school. The project, which will be evaluated by the faculty and visiting critics at the end of the semester, can entail a collection of designs or fine arts work representing the current conclusive state of student's work or an investigation of a new area. The level of concepts, skills, and commitment constitute a major part of the criteria in the evaluation of the work.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Mid-year graduates should seek department permission to fulfill 9 credits in Fall and Wintersession.

    Use of advanced equipment incurs additional fees.

  14. Textile Seminar II

    This course continues from Textile Seminar I and focuses on issues in the professional textile field, such as the effect of production parameters and end use on design decisions. While helping students become more familiar with the wide ranging textile market, from traditional work to the most highly innovative, this course aims to provide an awareness of how one's personal expression fits in to this context. Lecturers include professionals from the field, who advise on the studio work required in this class.

    Graduate major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  15. Thesis Project

    This project represents the culmination of a student's study in the Graduate Program. The design projects can encompass various textile fields in the areas of interior or apparel textiles. A specific architectural context, an area of apparel design, an investigation of a particular technique, or a visual design sensibility and language can provide a framework for the project. The work, executed using any established textile techniques or technique that a student has developed, should manifest advanced original concepts, high quality of execution, and a strong commitment to the field. Written documentation and analysis of the sources of the work, how it relates to the textiles tradition or larger field of art and design, and of the development of the project should accompany the studio work.

    Graduate major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

    Fee: Varies depending on student projects

  16. Thesis Writing

    This written portion of the Thesis Project helps students to analyze their working process and its results, as well as inform future work. While the length and style of the written thesis may vary, the paper should contain: an identification of the project goals and an analysis of the sources of inspiration; the context in which the work fits into the textile area and larger field of art and design; a description of the working process, techniques, and materials used and their connection to application and end use; and finally, an evaluation of the project. Accompanying the paper will be visual documentation of the project.

    Graduate major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

  17. Weaving I

    This course is an introduction to the use of structure, color, and texture in weaving through a series of experimental samples and finished projects. Students learn to set up and use a 4-harness loom, and a study of drafting and fabric analysis is included. A variety of techniques including hand-manipulated tapestry and loom controlled patterns are taught and explored as a vehicle for the translation of ideas in this medium. The emphasis is on invention and developing a personal approach.

    Major requirement

    Registration by Textiles, course not available via web registration

Departments

Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles