In Textiles you experiment with new materials, technologies and techniques to design and create innovative fabric and fine art. Faculty work closely with both graduate and undergraduate students to help you develop a personal vision and an understanding of larger artistic, social and cultural contexts.
In the studio
In Textiles you work with the high-end equipment used in the field—multiharness handlooms, computer-interfaced looms and an electronic jacquard loom—to master advanced weaving techniques, and both hand-operated and electronic knitting machines allow for further exploration of knitted fabrics.
After RISD, Textiles alumni energize the field by expressing their personal vision. Many work as surface, pattern and fabric designers for large corporations or small studios, while others create exotic knitwear, establish small production companies, produce performance pieces, make fine art, teach, curate, run galleries and more.
Students enrolled in Jacquard Design consider the complicated history of the textiles industry while creating personalized weavings.
RISD alum Jevon Brown and 2016 exchange student Maika Palazuelos make Dwell’s annual list.
Many Hands, Many Voices: Textile Histories and Entanglements, taught by RISD Museum curator Kate Irvin, highlights marginalized makers of the past.