Join experienced textile designer and educator Karthika Audinet for a six-week course that will explore the history of global textile traditions and techniques, and help you develop your own skills.
Through lectures and hands-on workshops, students will learn about woven structures and surface design 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.
This course is open to all levels, including beginners. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early. Two class sections will be offered: Saturday afternoons starting May 15 and Thursday evenings starting May 20.
Week 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.
About Karthika Audinet
Karthika Audinet is a textile designer with 25 years of international experience and a background in designing luxury furnishings. Audinet was trained in textile design at the National Institute of Design in India, and received a second master’s degree at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in France. She was principal designer for the textile department of Good Earth India, and now operates Designers and Artisans, a consultancy and fair-trade company that champions hand weaving and crafting. In addition to her work as a designer, Audinet teaches courses in weaving, interior design and textile history, and publishes original research.