CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

EXPRESS: Digital Weaving at University of Bergen

Construction + Context:
Digital Weaving at University of Bergen
Level: MA
Credits: 4,5 ECTS
Course teachers: Kristina Aas and Tim Parry-Williams
Teaching period: 01-26 March 2021 (weeks 09-12)
WK 9: Monday – Thursday
WK 10: Tuesday – Thursday
WK 11: Tuesday – Friday
WK 12: Monday – Friday (including offsite working)

Location: KMD Textile workshop (Bergen) / Innvik AS (Stryn)

Number of available places for Kuno/Cirrus students: 3

How to apply: Please send a motivation letter (outlining relevant skills, experience, and rationale), CV and digital portfolio (4-6 works) to  
Deadline: 20 January 2021

Course Description

Students will be introduced to the theories of advanced woven construction, through multiple warp and weft systems, layers and complex structures in order to create motif and image-based outcomes.

Workshop practice will include direct exploration and sampling of key principles with TC-1 and TC-2 jacquard, and digital dobby looms.

Software introduction will include: WeavePoint, Nedgraphics (Texelle / Product Creator) and the use of Photoshop, as a portfolio of digital tools.

Training will also support the development of outsource-ready digital files.

A study trip to a weaving factory will facilitate the observation and production of individual ideas at full-scale.

Goals and contents

  • Establish understanding of multiple warp / weft systems.
  • Develop working competency with relevant digital software.
  • Build capacity to translate ideas to outsourced production.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures. Workshop-based research and development. Industrial trialling and production. Group and individual tutoring. Peer critique.

Aspects of the course may be delivered through online activity.

Learning outcomes

  • Advanced understanding of key principles of woven textile construction.
  • Cognitive skills in translating ideas from artistic concept to production.
  • Professional skills in research, development and execution of projects.

Requirements for prior knowledge

  • Internal (KMD) applicants: Minimum of BA1 Textiles Introduction and Core Course completions. 
  • External applicants: MA level only (Woven textiles training essential)
  • Expression of Interest through a motivation letter outlining relevant skills, experience, and rationale.

Additional costs for the trip to Innvik factory (travel and accommodation + meals), and textile production must be covered by the participating students.

Grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) + 70 EUR a weekly

Please note: COVID-19 makes the course a possible subject to late minute changes. The course requires physical presence, as we will not offer a full digital version of this course. If travel restrictions and quarantine regulations make physical presence impossible, participation will be cancelled.