Transparent and opaque, rigid and flexible, linear and structural: textiles traverse all boundaries and disciplines. Focusing on the fundamentals of textile arts and design, this overview course explores pattern, color and texture through an in-depth investigation of traditional textile techniques and a broad investigation of materials. Students are introduced to the physical, narrative and conceptual qualities of fiber and fabric through hand-manipulated textile practices including hand knitting, felting, dyeing and silkscreen printing. With an emphasis on repeat pattern, surface design and a variety of construction techniques, students experiment and resolve ways to express personal meaning in order to create a final project. The course takes a look at the broad expanse of textiles – both historic and contemporary – including design industries, technological advances and applications, and the work of innovative artists utilizing textile methods and/or materials. Students participate in group critiques, as well as one-on-one work with the instructor. No previous textile experience is required. The lab fee covers access to a broad assortment of materials.
June 26 – August 1
Mondays + Tuesdays
9am-4:30pm (no class 7/4)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,475
Lab Fee $125
Richard Killeaney: BA in Studio Art, Hobart College; MFA in Textiles, RISD. He has taught textile design to students at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, The Art Institute of New York City, and Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited in numerous gallery shows, including the New Britain Museum of Art in 2014. He has been featured in Natural Home magazine and profiled for Patrick McMullan's online magazine PMc. He owns Ocheltree Design, his line of quilts, pillows and home accessories.