Workshops & Software Tutorials
Design Center Workshops
Check out the past workshops that we have held virtually in the Design Center. Below you will find a video link and list of materials you'll need to follow along.
Macrame Produce Bag Workshop
Natural Dyeing Workshop
Designing 3D Virtual Spaces
Tired of hosting your online meetings and events through Zoom? Try creating a more engaging online experience with Mozilla Hubs! Hubs provides a 3D virtual meeting space that works on just about any browser for desktop, mobile, and even virtual reality headsets. Hubs allows creators to import their own 3D models to create unique virtual settings. In this workshop, Paulo Ribeiro will take you through the process of creating your own custom meeting space and avatars using Mozilla’s Spoke design tool. No prior experience with web development or 3D graphics is necessary.
Designing with Blender
Learn how to create 3D designs in Blender. This workshop will take you through the basics of setting up and starting to design in the free Blender app. No experience necessary!
Download the Blender software here.
Sewing as Self Expression
In this workshop, participants will explore their own lived experiences expressed through needleworking. Historical context will be given for needlework being used in many ways as a form of expression, followed by a demonstration and practice of free embroidery in the workshop.
Embroidery needle, Embroidery floss, Midweight fabric, Embroidery hoop
You can order a kit like this one from Amazon.
Introduction to the Art of Perfumery
This course is an introduction to the art of perfumery. Optional readings are linked here, where students can learn more about the history of perfume and scent design. We will explore basic notes, accords, and olfactive language and discuss how scent has influenced and been experienced by society.
Each student will create a proposal for a final perfume which will be due after our second meeting. Why did you choose each raw material and what is the olfactive idea behind it? Each student will have to send a sample of the fragrance to one other student and myself by the last class. Sample vials will be provided.
A majority of the optional readings will be from The Smell Culture Reader by Jim Drobnick and available in PDF format via Google Drive. If you’d like to purchase the book that may be more convenient. The other book we will read is called A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman.
Week 1: 9/18/20
Recording: Discuss the olfactive pyramid and the basic structure of a fragrance.
Optional reading: The New Calculus of Olfactory Pleasure, Alain Corbin
Week 2: 10/9/20
Recording: Discuss basic notes and accords and how to combine them as well as measuring and using the scale.
Optional reading: Accords and Discords, Luca Turin
Queer Smells, Fragrances of Late Capitalism or Scents of Subversion? Mark Graham
Week 3: 11/13/20
Recording: Discuss olfactive ideas, finalize and go over any questions.
Optional reading: The Breath of God, Sacred Histories of Scent by Constance Classen
Week 4: 12/4/20
Recording: Presentation and discussion of final perfumes.
Reading: A Natural History of the Senses, Smell, Diane Ackerman
The Design Center doesn't officially train on software (beyond any that's already associated with our tools), but we can point you in the direction of some fantastic online resources for in-depth learning. Below are some linked tutorials for some of the more popular programs users ask about: