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Fall 2017-2018
* ART 419 / LAS 399 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Theory, History, and Practice of Textiles: The Andes

Andrew J. Hamilton

How many minutes of your day are spent with some form of textile touching your skin? And yet, what do you really know about them? This seminar will introduce you to the theory, history and practice of making textiles through the lens of the ancient Andes. You will experiment extensively with technologies human societies have used for spinning, dyeing, and weaving in an art historical laboratory setting, and use these experiences to shed insight on the collection of ancient Andean textiles in the Princeton University Art Museum. You and your classmates will collaboratively design, weave, and complete a tapestry over the course of the semester.

Sample reading list:
Anni Albers, On Weaving
Rebecca Stone-Miller, To Weave for the Sun

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will draw from a variety of sources, including scholarship, reference works, and instructional manuals. As a final written assignment, students will prepare a selection of texts examining an Andean textile in the Princeton University Art Museum. Students will additionally collaborate to create a woven tapestry.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 10%
Design Project - 20%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course has no prerequisites, but previous experience with art practice would be helpful. Students will extensively handle wool, and should consider potential allergies before enrolling..

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies the group 1 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22684 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed