RISD Summer Programs course: Digitally Printed Fabrics

Digitally Printed Fabrics: Infinite Surface Design

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 may choose to create 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. No previous textile experience required. 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.

Design (detail) by Julia Stam

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the “Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit” form, found on the Registrar’s Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

Course #1911
Sarah Haenn

Schedule B
June 24–July 30, 2021
Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET
Online, Live

Tuition $2,300
3 Credits



Sarah Haenn

Sarah Haenn's work focuses on print design, with a strong emphasis on color and pattern. She believes all of the elements of design play an important part in repeated and engineered compositions, and applies her textile work to interior and fine art applications. Sarah worked with leading print design company PrintFresh Studio last year, where she worked on apparel prints for the women's and juniors' industry. She recently completed an apprenticeship at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia where she furthered her learning of large-format silkscreening, using additional screens for multicolor prints. Her work has been selected by curators to exhibit at numerous RISD exhibitions and galleries, and she exhibited pieces of her work in Venice, Italy during the 2016 Venice Carnival. She holds a BFA in textile design from Rhode Island School of Design.

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