Continuing Education: Introduction to Textile Design (Level 1)
Join experienced textile designer and educator Karthika Audinet for a six-week introduction to textile design.
Through lectures and hands-on workshops, students will learn about the history of textile design and techniques used around the world, including embroidery, resist dyeing, printing and painting. Students will review examples from world-class textile collections, including the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection, to develop a vocabulary for interpreting, contextualizing and taking inspiration from the world’s textiles. Students will also have a chance to develop their own skills using yarns, fabrics, pencil and paper, and simple software such as Canva and Power Point.
Class ScheduleWeek 1: Introduction. See astonishing examples of early textile design. Begin guided research from world-class museum collections, including the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection.
Week 2: Acquire unique perspectives on major textile traditions from around the globe. Develop a mood board and study methods to analyze color.
Week 3: From Chanel in France to kente cloth in Ghana, explore stripes and their significance in various cultures. Sharpen your knowledge of basic woven structures through examples from Iron-age Halstatt and Pre-Columbian Peru. Simple hands-on activities will further your understanding of weaving structures.
Week 4: After a brief overview of natural dyes, learn about resist patterning with a focus on clamp resists. Join or watch an online workshop to create your own resist-dyed scarf.
Week 5: See historical, traditional and haute-couture embroidery in new ways and begin to design your own textile patterns. Record patterns and textures around you.
Week 6: Develop an understanding of motifs, patterns and repeats while observing patterns that either fit neatly into Western theory or break out of the box. Learn a simple technique to set your patterns to repeat.