Textile design is central to the worlds of fashion and interiors. In this course you will develop a personal creative identity in pattern design and learn how to screen-print these concepts using simple stenciling and masking techniques. You will gain an understanding of the professional context and practice of textile design and learn the technical skills required to articulate your ideas.
Katie Smith, textile designer from Smitten Design, will introduce you to a designer’s approach and process by researching innovative and contemporary designs for fashion and interiors. We will look at key historical events in art and design movements which have impacted on textile design – such as Bauhaus, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and digital technology.
By the end of the course you will have produced a collection of printed samples, developed ideas through drawing and repeat pattern skills, created your own colour pallet and mood-board as well as learnt how to mix dye colours and experimented with different textile printing methods.
Note from Tutor:
MOST MATERIAL INCLUDED IN THE FEE (screens, screen print inks, binder, masking fluid and photosensitive emulsion and 2m of calico per student - Each student will have a set amount of binder and ink which will be more than enough for a project. If the students need more they can purchase extra material directly to the tutor).
Students will be able to purchase extra calico (per meter) and OHP paper (per sheet) directly from Katie.
Each session will cover new techniques and processes in printing and pattern design. It is recommended that students enrolled in this class are committed to attending every class.
The course is 6 weeks long but runs over 7 weeks with a break on week 4. There will be a short research assignment to complete over this week.
For an idea of what could be done during this course, in terms of fashion textile design or homeware textile design, have a look at this page recommended by Katie.
THE 6 WEEKS COURSE WILL RUN OVER 7 WEEKS FROM TUESDAY EVENING 21 FEBRUARY TO TUESDAY 4 APRIL (NO CLASS ON 14 MARCH)
EACH CLASS WILL START AT 6PM AND FINISH AT 9PM.
About Katie Smith:
Katie Smith has been working with fabric in one way or another all my life. From clothes to interiors to conceptual art, she has always been fascinated by the power of fabric to transform places, spaces and people. Katie works in her studio in West Auckland, where she is inspired by the wild mash-up of urban industrial spaces and the forest clad Waitakere ranges. She loves synthesising these disparate influences into printable motifs.
Katie relishes in the uniqueness of hand printing and exploring its numerous possibilities. She graduated with an M.A in Textile Art from Goldsmiths University of London, in 1995, and prior to this she studied textiles at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin. She likes to keep her work simple, spontaneous and contemporary. She loves sharing her knowldege and passion for textiles and have run numerous print workshops for adult and children.