Sitting Pretty

  • A six-week project took students in the spring 2018 Jacquard for Pattern course into the RISD Library to research the rich collection housed in this unique, school-wide resource. Students selected a course of inspiration from the library - books, entire collections, the architecture of the building itself, even the notion of a "library" today as content and culture transitions from physical formats to online repositories. Students studied their source closely and considered it from a visual, material, historical and functional standpoint, and develop a series of drawings, paintings, material studies, models and concept boards that thoroughly explore the subject. From this investigation, students derive a piece of artwork that was used to create a pattern for a Jacquard woven fabric. 

    Sitting Pretty was among one out of four works to become permanently upholstered in the Library mezzanine and reading room. These fabrics were selected based on scale, repetition, materiality, content and appropriateness for the space. The fabrics will be woven on RISD's Jacquard loom and installed in the Library spring 2019.

    Sitting Pretty was also showcased in the Woods Gerry Gallery Triennial show, November 2018