On Tuesday April 6th the Office of Annual Giving hosted an event for all RISD seniors at the Visual Resources Center, giving students the opportunity to visit the newly-launched Materials Library.
It was a lovely event, with over 200 students visiting the VRC, and generous donations to the Senior Gift, which this year has been designated to support the Materials Library project.
If you want to know more about the kinds of materials we hold, have a look at the video “Materials Girl”, filmed by Tyler DiBiasio [FAV 2011], with sound track by Kid Chocolate.
RISD Materials Lab from Tyler DiBiasio on Vimeo.
Our thanks to Institutional Engagement for organizing this event, particularly to Ken, Courtney, Pat and all the catering staff, who were absolutely brilliant.
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The Visual Resources Center has started a new pilot project, the RISD Materials Library. The library is a collection of material samples contributed by several departments across the school, that RISD students and faculty can use as inspiration for their projects. For the initial pilot project we have over 200 samples, which can be borrowed for up to three days, 5 items at a time. The samples are displayed on shelves outside the Visual Resources Center, in the corridor leading to the Picture Collection, and are organized in broad categories: metals, glass, wood, cement, composites, and textiles.
The Visual Resources Center is developing a database that will eventually document all the materials in the collection, providing information about the physical and technical properties of the materials, as well as links to the manufacturers’ websites.
We hope that the Materials Library will become a ‘thinking space’ for students and faculty from all departments at RISD, where they will be able to exchange ideas about how they use different materials for their art or design projects.
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