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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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The RISD Archive of Graphic Design and Illustration has a wonderful collection of posters from the classic era of Polish graphic design. Visual Resources Center staff are currently digitizing this fantastic collection, which includes film, theater, music and ballet posters by well-known Polish designers such as Franciszek Starowieyski, Eugeniusz Get-Stankiewicz and Jan Lenica. We would like to thank Professor Agnieszka Woznicka for her invaluable help translating the text from the posters. 59 digital images of Polish posters have now been added to the RISD Digital Image Database. To find them, log onto RDID with your RISD username and password from a computer on the RISD network, and do a keyword search for “Polish posters”. To see the real thing, make an appointment with Special Collections to visit the Graphic Design Archive.

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Five new image files have been added to the Picture Collection: Fashion Historic 1900-1919, 1920-1925, 1926-1929, and 1930’s. These five fabulous fashion files contain images of the beginnings of couture and the first fashion designers and their houses, such as: Charles Frederick Worth, Maison Redfern, Jeanne Paquin, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, and others. These can be scanned here, photocopied or borrowed. Come in and see them.

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Many RISD faculty and students want to know about the new videos and DVDs that are arriving in the Library. For brief updates on new acquisitions, follow us on Twitter.

Also, this is a list of all the video/DVD titles at the RISD Library

Your comments and suggestions for new titles are very welcome!

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Welcome to the RISD Visual Resources blog. We are the team working in the Visual Resources Center at the Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design. We will be keeping you informed about everything new happening at the VR Center, including  the clippings folders added to the Picture Collection,  DVD titles added to the library catalog, and digital images in the RISD Digital Image Database, RDID.

If you want brief updates, you can also follow us at Twitter

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