Designing Traditions Biennial: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection


The Designing Traditions Biennial showcases contemporary student textile designs alongside Asian textiles and clothing from the Museum’s permanent collection. Comprising some of the earliest donations to the Museum, the Asian textiles collection was conceived at the outset as a design resource for RISD students. To honor a long tradition of fruitful exchanges between the Museum and the School, intricately crafted objects drawn from Japan to the Middle East are selected to inspire the newest generation of designers. Innovative textiles, as well as hand-drawn and computer-generated designs, will show the breadth of creativity sparked by even the smallest details of traditional craftsmanship. Work on display in the Rhode Island School of Design Museum from May-November 2010.