Online Course: Textile Design & History

This summer, we are presenting a new online course with the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design that will allow you to explore textile design and history from home. For six weeks, join experienced textile designer and educator Karthika Audinet for an introduction to inspiring textiles from around the world, and a chance to develop your own skills and knowledge.

About the Course

Students will be introduced to the history of textile design and become acquainted with textile design techniques. Starting with an exploration of color, students will learn to create mood boards and design with motifs, stripes, and textures. Students will become familiar with woven structures and a variety of surface-design techniques from around the world, including embroidery, ikat, resist dyeing, printing, and painting. Students will take inspiration from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection along with important textiles from other collections. Appropriate for beginner-level students.

Course Fee

$400, plus materials. A supply list will be provided to registered students by June 29.

How to Participate

To register, visit the Corcoran's Continuing Education website before June 29. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early. Please keep in mind that you must first register as a non-degree student before signing up for the course. 

About the Instructor

Karthika Audinet is a D.C.-based textile designer and educator with more than 25 years of international experience and a background in designing luxury furnishings. Currently, she is creative director at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, where she combines innovation with social enterprise. Reputed for her expertise and enthusiasm, Karthika has been teaching a unique class on furnishing fabrics and textile design at the Corcoran and Montgomery College since 2008. She has also served as visiting professor at the National Institute of Design. Karthika has published papers in the Textiles Asia Journal and contributed technical analyses and catalogue entries for fragments of Indian origin at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. She holds two master's degrees in Textile Design, from the National Institute of Design, India, and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, France.