Drop in on Design at Home: patterns inspired by the everyday
From the clothes we wear to the furniture in our spaces, patterns are all around us! In this hands-on intergenerational workshop, discover how designers navigate from 2-dimensional ideas to 3-dimensional products. This workshop is inspired by the work of textile designer, Suzie Zuzek (1920-2011), whose patterns were used by the Lilly Pulitzer brand from 1962 to 1985. Zuzek’s playful, eclectic work is currently on view at Cooper Hewitt in the exhibition, Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints That Made the Fashion Brand.
Participants will take a closer look at their own spaces to design a 2-dimensional pattern using materials from around their home. Next, participants are invited to put the design to the test by adding it to a 3-dimensional model or prototype to bring the pattern to life.
This intergenerational program is designed for children ages 5-12, but all are welcome to join. Participate as a family or kids can join on their own to learn more about the basic principles and elements of design. This is a beginner workshop facilitated by a museum educator. No prior experience in design is required to participate.
Participants have the option to build a 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design using everyday materials from their home. If you are interested in building a design, please collect materials prior to the workshop and have them ready for the workshop. Participation in all activities is possible without materials, or you can use paper and any writing tools to record your brainstorming ideas.
Suggested materials to design a 2-dimensional pattern:
- Scrap paper
- Construction paper
- Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
- Scrap fabric
- Glue stick or tape
Suggested materials to design a 3-dimensional prototype:
- Masking tape
- Cardboard (any kind)
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This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering.
2021 Special Thanks
Drop in on Design is made possible with major support from The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.