RISD Summer Program Digital Weaving

Digital Weaving: Introduction to Intricate Pattern

Open to all skill levels, this intensive course offers students the chance to learn to design and create a wide variety of intricate weaves using our 24-harness computer-interfaced dobby handlooms. Students acquire the skills needed to conceptualize, combine and invent complex weave structures—from hand drafting on graph paper to a thorough understanding of AVL WeavePoint software—ultimately leading to hands-on generation of custom textiles at the loom. Students share and rotate on looms that are set up with different specialized threadings and yarns. Experimentation with a variety of different weaves, combined with exploration of color and material, offer unlimited possibilities to create unique, lively and varied patterned and dimensional fabrics inspired by observation of source material. Structures learned include fancy twills, blocks, double weaves, summer and winter, matelassé and deflected wefts. Emphasis is placed on cultivating sources of inspiration and meaning in the work, resulting in the production of a collection of small, personalized woven samples that can serve as inspiration or prototypes for apparel, interior or fine art uses. Note: The tuition provides access to the Textile Department’s extensive yarn collection, which includes a range of fibers, textures, colors and materials. Students may need to purchase additional materials specific to individual projects. For a full weaving immersion students may consider taking this course along with Weaving: Pattern, Structure + Form in Nature.

Course #1159
Susan Sklarek

Schedule B
June 27–Aug 2, 2019
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm

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

3 Credits


Susan Sklarek

Susan Sklarek: BA, French and Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara; MA, Textile Design, California State University; MFA, Sculpture, RISD. Sklarek's work includes freelance design for industry, woven illustrations for advertising, and sculptural fiber pieces for exhibition. She teaches in the Textile Design Department at RISD, and was a visiting professor at Duksung Women's University in Seoul, Korea, and CEDIM Art Institute in Monterrey, Mexico. She was the 2010-2011 RISD|CE Teacher of Excellence.