University of Oregon

Fibers in Florence

Program Overview

Learn Jacquard silk weaving and design at the Foundation Lisio in Florence, Italy. Explore fabric analysis and learn how to identify complex weave structures like brocade, damask, lampas, liseré, and velvet. On site, you will observe master silkweavers at their looms, engaged in the product design process.

Academic Details

In this intensive studio program, Eva Basile (a Lisio faculty member) provides instruction in English, assisted by Barbara Setsu Pickett, the resident director and a UO professor of art. The studio experience is enriched with visits to museums and a textile conservation laboratory. Students earn nine quarter credit hours in upper division studio.

You will work in teams of two on class assignments. The original point-paper design and a small woven sample become part of the UO Fibers Area archive. Typically, you will be in studio from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays, and half-days on Fridays. Graduate students will design additional course work with the resident director, such as learning Jacquard software or the CIETA fabric analysis system.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Barbara Setsu Pickett, associate professor emeritus, University of Oregon Department of Art, is the resident director. She leads field trips and helps the students with logistics before and during the course. She has a long association with the Foundation Lisio, where she did her Fulbright research fellowship in 1986-87 and a UO summer research award study in 1994. Her research focuses on silk velvet weaving. In 2013, she led “Velvet in Italy,” a ten-day tour for the Textile Society of America.

Housing Description

You will share two modest apartments at the Foundation Lisio, and the resident director will stay on-site in the third apartment. The apartments have shared bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom facilities, dining, and sitting areas. Bed linens and towels are provided. No telephones are available in the apartments but there is WiFi in the studios. You will share the washing machine in the upstairs apartment with other students and will be responsible for cleaning the apartments and leaving them in spotless condition. All trash, recyclables, and items to be donated to charity should be disposed of before returning the keys to Professor Pickett.

Additional Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of weaving.
  • No experience on Jacquard looms is mandatory, but taking the a preparatory course (such as the one offered at the beginning of the University of Oregon summer term) is often the determining factor in the selection process.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearApplication/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20162/1/20168/30/20169/19/2016

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.