Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART5910C

Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Students must enrol concurrently in  MANU 5918C Select Raw Materials

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to use manipulation techniques to create a variety of different effects using fabrics, fibres and other materials for 2D and 3D design effects.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4010A Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples


1    Identify manipulation techniques 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Types of manipulation are identified.
1.2 Effects of manipulation on different materials are described.
1.3 Processes used to achieve different manipulations are described.


2    Describe uses of manipulation in design process    

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Uses of manipulation to inform and inspire design are described.
2.2 Role of manipulation as a production tool is described.
2.3 Effect of manipulation on the design is described.
2.4 Tools and equipment to be used are prepared.


3    Manipulate textiles to produce work sample

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Manipulation techniques are applied to a variety of textiles and textile products.
3.2 Process is analysed to assess outcome.
3.3 Manipulation is modified as required.
3.4 Work sample of manipulated textile is produced.
3.5 OH&S practices and procedures are implemented in manipulation of fabrics.
3.6 Techniques used to manipulate textiles and their effects are documented for future reference.

Learning Outcomes

On competion you should demonstrate skills and knowledge to:
• identify textile fibres, fabrics and other materials
• determine effects of manipulating textiles
• apply techniques to achieve manipulation effects
• apply OH&S practices in work operations

Details of Learning Activities


This studio based course will enable students to gain an understanding of  textile manipulation processes, including
surface design and construction techniques.    
You will be expected to undertake practical tasks, problem solving exercises, and a variety of design briefs presented in a range of settings including individual and group projects.

Teaching Schedule

week 1.     Intro. & assessment requirements. OHS,  Manipulating materials to produce 3D outcome.  Project 1 intro and brief  
week 2.     Under and over paper weave –plain, twill , other. Tonal/ Contrast palette. Manipulate variety of materials to produce a sculptural outcome.
week 3.     Painting with Disperse dyes. Transfer printing. Collect rusty pieces for rust dyeing week 5
week 4.     Explore thermoplastic manipulation of different fabrics.      . 
week 5.     Rust Dyeing. Introduction to Shibori using stitch techinques.Trade-Up Resource Swap Meet
week 6.     Shibori: explore different techniques and dye samples.Indigo dyeing, wax resist
week 7.     Paint with Procion dyes.
week 8.     Complete Project 1
week 9.     Introduction to Project 2. Reasearch inspirations
week 10.  Explore the variety of embroidery stitches. Complete 5 samples of stitches
week 11.   Felting 3D: make a bag/hat
week 12.   Stitch different media together using stitch and dissolve fabric.
week 13.   Investigation of knit, knot, net, coil techniques eg. crotchet
week 14    Develop product for Project 2.
week 15.   Complete Project 2
week 16.    Final presentation to industry panel and submission of project for assessment


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Braddock and O’Mahony, Techno Textiles Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design, Thames and Hudson
Janet De Boer (ed) Dyeing for Fibres and Fabrics                                                                                          Lesley Cresswell, Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge, Forbes Publication
Nadine Kathe Monem, Contemporary Textiles Black Dog Publishing 2008
Annie Trevellian Bleach, Buckle and Burn, ANU Institute of the Arts
Kate Wells, Fabric Printing and Dyeing, Conran Octupus 1997                                                                   Textile View Magazine, Selvedge Magazine, International Textiles - other current journals and magazines.

Other Resources

You will be charged a materials fee which cover items such as fabric, dyes, card board, paper and assorted resources required for  projects .

You are required to provide your own tool kit

Scissors, cutting blade, cutting mat, assorted fabrics and other material, masking tape, tape measure, ruler, note book, visual diary and sample folio. Gloves, rags

Lab coats and  fully covered shoes  are required in workshops.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Students will be awarded a graded assessment only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.

Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.
All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Assessment Tasks

To achieve successful completion of this course you must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including:
• Technical file
• Sample swatch book
• Individual research report / presentation

Technical Folio: including evidence of completed 3D sculptural form; dye samples; thermoplastic
samples; project samples; OHS requirements; Documentation completed for each sample, class handouts, and any extra information.

Detailed project briefs and  information about assessment items will be provided in class time.

Project 1Collars and cuffs Development of a product using manipulation techniques 40%
Folio of samples with documentation, selection and use of materials
Finished product including 3 different techniques.

Project 2 Holistic Assessment Production of finished product according to brief. 60%
to include Folio of samples with documentation. Report including Analysis and evaluation of product, SWOT, and presentation of finished product.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :

Penalties for late assessment:

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:
- Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark
- Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work
- Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark
- Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty
- Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.


Assessment Matrix


Folio of technical samples and reports.


Project 1: Collars and Cuffs


Project 2: Hollistic Project

1. Identify manipulation techniques


 1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 3.5; 3.6
 1.2; 1.3;   1.1; 1.3  2.Describe uses of manipulation in design processes
 2.1; 2.2 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.43 Manipulate textiles to produce work samples3.5; 3.6 3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.63.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6  

Other Information

This course is run in a workshop environment, to comply with Occupational Health & Safety standards you students are required to wear sturdy footwear with covered toe protection, and other personal protective equipment where instructed.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Special consideration:


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