This course is designed to foster each student’s relationship within the historical context of crafts through the study and application of contemporary practice and theory. In coordination with all departments, course lectures, field trips, workshops and visiting artists will be selected to assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a clearly defined personal and craft historical context. In addition each student will develop a more articulate understanding of their practice within a larger context of their specific discipline, history, society, and culture.
Prerequisites : Major standing
This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.
Prerequisites : Must be majoring
This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The
class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits.
Prerequisites : Major standing
Focusing on fundamentals of textile arts and design, this survey course will examine structured non-woven, woven and knitted textile techniques and structures, uses and properties of materials, surface pattern and design through simple printmaking techniques, and development of ways to express personal concepts through the medium.
Using the history of dress as a guideline for the course, students will learn the evolution of apparel both academically and experientially. Basic pattern drafting and garment construction, introduction to fashion sketching, and concept development will be supported by an exploration of the expressive properties of pattern, color, texture and materials on the body, as well as a basic understanding of scale and silhouette of clothes in relation to the human form. The course includes discussions and presentations around the notion of fashion, style, and the designer as artist.
In this introductory course, students gain an in-depth understanding of the use of the knitting machine, including a core grasp of pattern drafting for knits, construction and finishing techniques, and garment design challenges. Students initially focus on the "grid" found in most textile structures, and then explore what makes knitting unique - that it can be shaped during the making process, and that it stretches. Emphasis is placed on understanding the expressive qualities of color, texture and pattern inherent in knitting, and how to utilize those qualities to explore personal concepts. Beginning the semester with an in-depth study of color, materials, and surface pattern, students will learn machine knitting techniques in great depth. A comprehensive collection of weekly technique samples, a mid-term garment, and a final project will be supported by the history of knitting as well as a look at contemporary knitwear in fashion.
A survey of the history of printed fabrics and the use of prints in fashion and apparel will serve as the foundation for this course. Based on an understanding of a variety of fabrics and their expressive properties, students will explore a breadth of techniques to design and create printed textiles for apparel applications. Design challenges include developing personal concepts, understanding the placement of pattern on the body, draping the dress form to explore print on the body, color studies and application sketches, and drafting and construction of garments utilizing self-printed fabrics. Fabric design fundamentals include directionality and orientation of design on fabric, motif type, repeat pattern, croquis, field composition, spacing and scale of motifs, and color. Printing techniques include silkscreen, stenciling, block printing, canning using dyes and pigments, as well as explorations in gold leafing, flocking, and dye processes.
In Machine Knitting Techniques II, students will draw on prior knowledge of machine knitting techniques to grow and develop a deeper understanding of the possibilities in creating knitted fabrics. This class will focus on learning, understanding, and mastering Double Bed techniques, and applying a variety of processes to knitted fabrics, such as felting, cutting, printing, graphing, etc. Capitalizing on the possibilities of shaping knitted fabrics during the knitting process, the students will explore 3-D possibilities at the individual stitch level,within the fabric itself, and in regards to the overall knitted fabric. These explorations will lead the students into a final project focusing on the 3-D possibilities discovered through previous experimentation. The project will embody extensive research in materials, a wide variety of techniques both knitted and applied to knitted fabrics, and comprehensive shaping techniques, all rooted in solid, deeply personal concepts, and supported by the necessary sources of inspiration. The focus of the final project will be an exploration of knitted garments.
Prerequisites : TF 201
This course will teach the basics of fashion illustration through life drawing with a fully clothed model. You will learn human proportions and anatomy sketching as well as technics to render drapery, texture, and embellishment details. Through a combination of short gesture sketches and longer poses each student will be able to develop both a stylized hand and the skill to do a more technical rendering. This class is encouraged for both Textile and Fashion Design students and Illustration students.
Prerequisites : DR 100
This assignment driven course for majors presents in-depth pattern drafting and draping and garment construction techniques. Students will learn to draft a basic “sloper” (prototype): the basis for creating multiple garment designs as well as free form draping directly on the dress form. Students will become proficient in garment construction and detail and finishing techniques. An emphasis will be placed on excellent craftsmanship, broad investigations in materials, manipulation and embellishment techniques, and color, pattern and texture to reinforce the development of concept and design. History of dress as well as up-to-date familiarity with the contemporary fashion scene will serve as an integral component of the course. Coursework will also include fashion rendering, concept development, trend forecasting, guest lecturers and master craftsmen.
Prerequisites : Major standing
Required majors studio course offered term of senior year. This course is designed to further foster a robust studio/personal practice for each student in the major. Self-directed work is the primary focus of the semester. Each student’s work must have a clear grounding in historical and contemporary issues in the major and be approved by faculty. Weekly meetings with faculty, group critiques, and tutorials and instruction from faculty, artists, and designers with specific expertise will support the student’s exploration as it pertains to their work. The course also addresses the realities of being a working artist and designer, in conjunction with SEM 451 Professional Studio.
Prerequisites : TF 321 and TF 322
Required majors studio course offered term of senior year. This course provides the student the opportunity to deeply investigate areas of specific interest within the field of textile and fashion in order to realize the student’s “Collection”, a senior thesis based on a comprehensively researched, personal concept. Weekly meetings with faculty, group critiques, and tutorials and instruction from faculty, artists, and designers with specific expertise will support the student’s exploration as it pertains to their work. Student Collections will be previewed at the end of the final senior semester in a department wide fashion show.
Prerequisites : TF 421