Digital printing technology allows for infinite possibilities in textile surface design. In this course, students are introduced to the basic elements of textile design, such as color, pattern and repeat. They then explore individual concepts through drawing, painting and collage assignments that focus on a variety of approaches such as narrative, singular imagery and/or repetitive pattern. Students use Adobe Photoshop as the primary tool for integrating their initial hand-created designs with new design technology. Personal concepts are further developed through experimentation with such elements as layered, textural and transparency effects. Students create multiple print samples and a final project (a collection of work) through the utilization of a third-party vendor.
By learning the fundamentals of outsourcing, students leave the course with the ability to confidently order samples and yardage for future design work. The course is comprised of group and individual critiques, and lectures that include an overview of print fabric applications including apparel, interior design and fine art pieces. The tuition covers printing of four yards of specialized fabric and students may choose to request additional printing at cost with the outsourced printer. No previous textile experience required. Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.
Prerequisite: A basic understanding of Photoshop is helpful, but not required. Students unfamiliar with Photoshop may find it helpful to take an online tutorial prior to the class.
June 25–July 31, 2020
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/3)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380