Digital Textile Print – Projects

This fun and creative course will help you develop your textile design skills and portfolio, through exploring geometric, floral and conversational prints using drawing and Photoshop. Suitable for all abilities.

Who is this course for

This is a project based course that is designed for students of all levels who are interested in playfully exploring different themes, ways of working, skills and materials with a view to starting or expanding your design portfolio.
It is preferable if students have some textile, graphics, fine art or Photoshop experience, but beginners can apply as the course can cover basic skills.

What does this course cover

The aim of the course is to introduce you to 3 popular themes that are often used in textiles art and design: geometric, floral and conversational designs. This is a good starting point for beginners and a great way for more experienced students to refresh your creative practice and develop your portfolio.
The course will cover hand and digital techniques in pattern designs and image transfer on to fabrics. You will learn how to transfer drawings or digital photographs into a textile print and how to work to a brief or theme.

The term will be split equally over the 3 project themes:
In the first brief we will explore geometric pattern through drawing, mark making, printing, collage and heat transfer techniques - learning or returning to quick and playful skills that can effectively build a large body of work. Beginners will learn how to scan in their work and clean it up to make a repeat patterns. Experienced students will also learn how to create graphic pattern on Photoshop and develop new ranges.

The second Floral brief will explore the themes of flowers and nature, developing with either hand drawn designs or pattern photographic imagery. All students will look at how to develop more complex designs on paper and more experienced students will work more on Photoshop to develop complexity in their designs.
The course will conclude with you exploring conversation designs through taking the techniques you have learnt and developing a personal project. This will be very open and you can work into your images and mix techniques together.

The final optional step is to send an image off to a professional printer to be printed onto fabric, at an additional cost. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to print your sample designs on to fabric using sublimation printing and other specialist textile print techniques in the workshop.
Beginners should leave with a basic understanding of how to use a range of techniques to transfer pattern and image onto fabrics. This includes understanding enough Photoshop to open, manipulate, design, edit and printout images for your designs;
All students should be able to produce evidence of image and design research and design development when working to a theme, develop designs towards a personal portfolio and develop a personal projects using techniques you have learnt.
Experienced students should be challenged to incorporate new skill, themes and ideas to expand their skill based and textile design experience.

What will it be like

Teaching methods
Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
Written / visual handouts with diagrams for technical processes.
One-to-one teaching.
Group discussions.
Learning methods:
Hands on practical experience.
Taking notes and making drawings/designs.
Research trip
Working from handouts.
One-to-one learning
Group discussion.
Assessment will be by:
Questions and answers during group discussions
One-to-one teaching.
Weekly / regular set learning outcomes to track progress

What else do you need to buy or do

Basic A4 sketch book
A4 notebook
USB Pen drive or other device to save work on.

Additional extras:
Materials for final project, which depends on the student and their chosen project.
Professionally printed image on fabric, approx. £25

You will be expected to bring along visual research in a digital form - this could include colours, textures, design and images you use for inspiration and digital images and drawing you use for content.
You will be given homework to develop designs, visual research and digital images most weeks.
You will be encouraged to work at home to practice and develop your computing skills
You will be free to do any additional research and study on top of that.

What this course could lead to

Learn different textile techniques that complement the course - including felt making, sewing and
Attend other art-related short courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Textiles, Printmaking,
Sculpture, and Painting, Photography and Computer aided design etc.
Attend other art related longer term courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Pre Foundation,
Access, Professional Practice course.
Attend other courses at different venues in the community
Progress into starting their own small business and making work to sell

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’