Art ; Endorsed Textiles - Textile Design

Contact for further information: Mrs Dawn Brassett

Textile Design is a versatile practice that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, and processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching and printing to create designs and products. Textile designers work in multi-disciplinary ways to create ideas, materials and techniques for different applications. Textile designers also play an important role in the world of fashion, theatre,

performance and retail.  Students will also understand that Textile Design practitioners may work within a team environment in a large commercial manufacturing company, on a single aspect of the design or making process, or work as freelance practitioners on commissions or self-directed

projects. They will need good communication skills in order to liaise with clients and to promote themselves as textiles designers and makers.

Knowledge, understanding and skills in Textile Design

Students are required to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills outlined when undertaking work in Textile Design. 

There are many skills, techniques, materials, processes and concepts that are essential to all areas of study in Textile Design. In addition to any specialist requirements listed under the chosen area(s) of study, students should develop a practical knowledge and understanding of:

● the use of formal elements and visual communication through a variety of approaches

● the use of observational skill to record from sources and communicate ideas

● characteristics of materials such as natural and synthetic, functionality, recyclability and sustainability

● properties of colour, texture and light

● the effects and creative potential of combining and manipulating different two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and media

● the use of digital and/or non-digital applications. 

Students could develop work in at least one of the following areas of study.

Constructed textiles

● Innovative manipulation and reworking of threads and fabrics.

● The use of a range of constructed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as woven, layered and distressed.

Digital textiles 

● The design of textiles, employing digital techniques for use in creative and commercial industries such as fabric, carpet and wallpaper design.

● The use of a range of digital textiles materials, tools and techniques such as traditional and non-traditional digital methods for recording and developing ideas in colour, construction, design, repeat pattern, surfaces and materials. Dyed fabrics ● The use of natural and synthetic dyes.

● The use of resist and applied techniques with natural and man-made fibres. Printed fabrics

● The use of printed textiles to create bespoke pieces and haute couture.

● The use of a range of printed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as monoprint, transfer-relief, relief print, wood-cut, lino-cut, silk-screen and digital printing on fabrics. Fashion design

● The design and creation of clothing and fashion for creative and commercial audiences, clients and consumers.

● The use of a range of fashion design techniques, materials and tools such as pattern cutting, adornment, accessories and illustration on fabrics and garments with consideration of sustainable materials, recycling and ethical manufacture. Installed textiles

● The use of textiles to control and transform perception in a site-specific interior space.

● The use of a range of installed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as padding, collage and assemblage. Soft furnishings

● The design of constructed textiles for use in furnished interiors, utilising their tactile and physical qualities for intended purposes.

● The creative use of the tactile and physical qualities of textiles in an interior space. Stitched and/or embellished textiles

● The design of stitched and/or embellished textiles for use in creative and commercial industries such as fashion, costume and interiors.

● The use of a range of stitched and/or embellished textiles materials, tools and techniques such as application and incorporation of media, objects and embellishments, hand and machine stitching. 

Drawing and other materials processes Drawing is an essential skill in the development process of Textile Design, from initial visual research, recording from primary sources, through to the translation of ideas into finished designs. Drawing in Textile Design can embrace a range of tools across all areas of study, and outcomes can be digital and/or non-digital. A range of drawing and mark-making methods will encourage students to consider multiple ways of reading, thinking and applying drawing in different contexts.

At BCHS we follow the Edexcel A-Level Art and Design 2015 

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