Oklahoma State University
College of Human Environmental Sciences
Summer study program in Taos

Cultivating inspiration from the Native American culture and the beautiful South West, traditional and contemporary dyeing, printing, stitching, and other textile surface manipulation techniques are practiced through development of a portfolio of individual projects. Exercises in color theory and production inform textile design work. Aesthetic, methodological, and environmental tradeoffs will be considered in relation to designing textile surfaces. Site visits may include museums, the local Pueblo, and a textile design studio.

Through lectures, on-site visits, hands-on workshops and the application of computer technology, students will develop their capacity to find creative inspiration from the nature and culture in New Mexico to develop fashion-forward textile surface designs. Students will complete both a digital and physical portfolio of their work after leaving Taos.

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DHM 1003 and DHM 2573 OR Permission of instructor.

Manual workshops will include:

Resist dyeing (shibori, batik), felting (wool, nuno), using objects found in nature to create fabric dyes, and block printing.

Computer-based work will include:

  • Original digital photography taken on site and transformed into inspirational boards, then transformed into original textile designs.
  • Documentation of the process of design development
  • Textile design for digital printing.

Field trips/outreach may include:

  • Interaction with Nillsen Weavers
  • Jill Rounds
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • The Millicent Rogers Museum
  • The Taos Pueblo

Students may now enroll by contacting Shane O'Mealey at Arts & Sciences Outreach: shane.omealey@okstate.edu

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