Students in this course research objects and specimens from the RISD Nature Lab for inspiration and guidance as they explore color, pattern, texture and form in a series of experimental samples leading to the development and completion of a larger woven fine art piece or inspiration for a design series. Beyond replication of surfaces and pattern, students are challenged to investigate natural processes such as growth, structure and form found in biological systems. These inquiries serve as conceptual catalysts for exploration of material and weave structure. Students learn to set up and weave on a 4-harness handloom, and incorporate a variety of weave structures, including plain, twill, tapestry, pile and double layer, as well as manipulation techniques that can be done both on and off the loom to create two- and three-dimensional shape and form. Observation, research, experimentation and concept development are included in each student’s work process, and imagination, invention and personal expression are emphasized throughout. The course is open weavers of all levels – beginner to experienced. Note: The lab fee 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.
June 29 – August 4
Thursdays + Fridays
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,475
Lab Fee $125
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.