This course will investigate the patterned surface as a site of power and resistance. Throughout the semester students will develop and use patterning as a material and conceptual tool within their artistic practices. Beginning with a critical look at textile patterning from a global perspective—from Guatemalan trajes to Soviet propaganda textiles— the class will explore various sites of patterning as identity, subversion and revolution. The class also examines the relationship of patterning and warfare—from guerrilla freedom fighters in Myanmar to WWI “razzle dazzle” camouflage and contemporary Afghan war rugs. Necessarily contextualizing itself within the use of patterning in art, the course also discusses the Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970’s , and the use of patterning by feminist / queer / contemporary artists today. In-class workshops will investigate various strategies of pattern creation, stressing an interdisciplinary approach to materials- spanning 2D, 3D, 4D, analog and digital ways of making.
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.