Rhode Island School of Design Textiles Summer Institute Offers New Schedule of Courses, Designed for All Levels of Learning, From Novice to Industry Professional

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Newly revamped lineup of textiles design courses in summer 2012 offer the unique opportunity to learn with acclaimed faculty, and access to RISD’s advanced textiles design studios

RISD Textiles Summer Institute

Student plots colorways at the jacquard loom.

Encouraging and supporting students as they express their ideas with their minds and hands, is at the core of the RISD Textiles Department’s instructional philosophy.

Rhode Island School of Design’s Textiles Department presents the 2012 Textiles Summer Institute, offering a broad selection of six-week courses and three-week intensives in knit, weave, surface design and digital print for individuals who are new to professional textiles equipment, as well as those in the textiles industry looking to advance their skills or creative output. http://summer.risd.edu/textiles

Founded upon the need for local textile mills to educate and support designers, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has been at the forefront of textile design education for 135 years. Every summer, artists and designers from around the world and from all backgrounds travel to the RISD campus in Providence, RI, for the unique opportunity to learn with renowned faculty and to gain access to the RISD Textile Department's exceptional facilities. Studies of material, technique and conceptual development are at the heart of the Textile Summer Institute program, including traditional textile techniques and technologically enhanced approaches on rarely accessible, world-class equipment. Small class size and concentrated course structure enable creative two- and three-dimensional possibilities and projects, whether for apparel, interiors or fine art. Collectively, students share ideas, experiences and alternative disciplinary approaches through hands-on learning and group critiques. Individually, artists and designers are encouraged to dig deep to incorporate personal meaning and experimentation into their work.

Textiles Summer Institute offerings are either six-week courses or three-week intensives. Six-week courses are offered on Mondays + Tuesdays, or Thursdays + Fridays, so students may choose up to two courses to run concurrently. Three-week intensive courses run for four days each week, and are offered in two consecutive three-week sessions. Students may choose to combine one intensive from each 3-week session for a 6-week experience.

The Institute’s courses allow individuals to develop their ideas through material investigations, using the RISD Textiles Department’s extensive yarn collection, technical support, and advanced electronic equipment, which includes a computerized Stoll CMS 330 knitting machine, 24-harness computer-interfaced dobby looms, an industrial jacquard loom, and Mimaki fabric printer.

The Institute gives artists and designers from outside the RISD community unprecedented access to the RISD curricular approach. Explains Anais Missakian, professor and department head of textiles at RISD, “Encouraging students as they express their ideas with their minds and hands, and then supporting them as they integrate and execute that handwork with solid skills in advanced technologies, is at the core of the Textiles Department’s instructional philosophy.”

The 2012 Textiles Summer Institute's courses include:

Six-Week Courses:

  •     Textiles: Materials, Methods + Concepts, June 25 – July 31
  •     Machine Knitting: Shaping While Making, June 28 – August 3
  •     Digitally Printed Fabrics: Infinite Surface Design, June 28 – August 3

Three-Week Intensives:

  •     Industrial Knitting: Pixels to Stitches, June 25 – July 13
  •     Digital Dobby: Introduction to Weaving Complex Structures, June 25 – July 13
  •     Jacquard Woven Textiles: From Meaning to Material, July 16 – August 3

Visit http://summer.risd.edu/textiles for complete course descriptions, along with tuition, credit, dining, housing, and registration information.

About Rhode Island School of Design Summer Programs
The Textiles Summer Institute and RISD Summer Programs are administered by the Rhode Island School of Design Office of Continuing Education. In addition to the Textiles Summer Institute, RISD Summer Programs include the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS), Summer Studies Fine and Liberal Arts courses, the Pre-College Program, and summer Continuing Education courses and camps for adults, teens and children. Visit risd.edu/summer for more information.

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