Designing for Textiles
The Designing for Textiles workshop provides those who work in traditional crafts-based media with an introduction, or refresher, to design education through the lens of Armenian textiles. Based on an in-person training program that took place in 2018 through the My Armenia program, this workshop is a series of lessons and extension activities that build upon one another and encourage you to innovate in your own textiles-based design work.
I will introduce the design process, each step to effectively take an idea into a finished product. You will explore the elements and principles of design by identifying how they are used in traditional Armenian textiles. Color theory will be introduced along with an activity that has you testing numerous color relationships.
For more inspiration, I will highlight several artists and organizations who are transforming traditional art forms into new textile-based products. Additional activities will include an overview of construction techniques on the sewing machine as well as an introduction to natural dyes.
Each element of this workshop is designed to provide an introduction to ideas and techniques that you can integrate into your own practice and strengthen your work as a designer.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Course delivery details
This course is offered through The Smithsonian Institution, a partner institute of EdX.
4-5 hours per week
- Verified Track -$5
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
In this course, students will: learn about:
- Learn about the design process and the steps to effectively take an idea into a finished product
- Explore the elements and principles of design by identifying how they are used in traditional Armenian textiles
- Be introduced to color theory and have the opportunity to test numerous color relationships
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