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Jewelry and Textile


Overview on the Courses

Beginning Jewelry
Through hands-on experience, students will be introduced to all of the basic elements of design and fabrication of contemporary and traditional jewelry. This course will give a solid foundation in workshop practices while placing emphasis on both the quality of design and craftsmanship.

Advanced Jewelry
This course is designed to give beginning jewelry students direct practical experience in the design and fabrication of contemporary and traditional jewelry. Students are introduced to workshop safety, use of tools and materials, and aims to provide a solid foundation in workshop practice. Emphasis is placed on both design and craftsmanship.

Fabric Design: Batik
The word “batik” (pronounced “ba-teek”) is an Indonesian word meaning “wax writing.” This process involves brushing or applying melted beeswax to fabric. The waxed fabric is then submerged in wet dyes. The waxed areas resist the dyes creating designs in the fabric. These fabrics are recognized for their crackle or veining that appears in the design. This course covers the dyeing techniques of wax resist, silk painting and the tied and shaped resist processes of Shibori. Projects are designed to teach ways of controlling the image making process through solving color and design problems with the manipulation of the resists and dye bath sequences. The course also includes emphasis on dyes and fiber techniques for the finishing and embellishment of fabrics such as quilting and sewing.

Fabric Design: Silkscreen
Silkscreen-textile printing and design is an introduction to the various techniques and processes of silkscreen printing as well as textile design course. Silkscreen techniques cover paper and lacquer cut stencils, direct block out and an emphasis on photographic emulsion techniques using both hand drawn acetates and photographs with lithfilm or diffusion transfer film and photocopy collage. Instruction is given in procedures and equipment use, darkroom procedures, color theory and ink mixing and registration techniques for printing on fabrics. Assignments are oriented toward textile surface design problems covering various systems for design repetition. Weekly homework assignments are given on different design themes all put into repetition and, from these, the designs for actual printing will be selected. A notebook of design resource is kept.
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Professor Enrica Guidato
Prof. Kathleen Knippel
Kathleen Knippel received her BA in Fine Art and Art Education from California State University, Los Angeles in 1965 and continued on to complete her MFA in Textile Arts with them in 1967. She is co-owner of Art Studio Fuji, school of jewelry making and textile design, in Florence. Knippel is a textile artist who combines her textile works with surface design, sewing and textile sculpture.

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