Digitally Printed Fabrics Course

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 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.

Course #1911
Sarah Haenn

Schedule B
June 25–July 31, 2020
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/3)

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

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.