Course Title: Design and produce experimental textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5917C

Course Title: Design and produce experimental textiles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 120

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


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to apply manipulation processes to design and produce original and creative textiles.

To successfully complete this competency it is highly recommended that you complete LMTTD4010A Apply Manipulation techniques to Create Experimental Samples (VART 5910C)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5004A Design and produce experimental textiles


1.Develop original textile product design

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Requirements or parametres for design are identified and analysed
1.2    Research is conducted to generate design ideas
1.3    Ideas are explored using computer aided or other design tools and design concepts are developed and reviewed against requirements and with consideration of application, principles of design and elements of design
1.4     Design concept is selected and communication tools are used to present design concept to appropriate personnel for feedback.
1.5    Feedback is received and considered in line with design concepts
1.6   Design concept is modified and improved where possible.  


2. Select, develop and plan manipulation process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Appropriate materials and manipulation techniques to achieve desired effect are selected and materials are sourced.
2.2    Processes used to achieve different manipulations are described and technical aspects of production are identified
2.3    Specification sheet is completed to guide production
2.4    Calculations are undertaken as required to determine textile and material quantities
2.5    Tools and equipment required for production are selected and prepared


3 Manipulate materials to produce experimental samples

Performance Criteria:

Workstation is set up according to specifications for work.
3.2    Textiles and materials to be manipulated are checked against quality standards.
3.2    Two and three-dimensional manipulation techniques are undertaken to achieve design effects for sample and according to OH&S practices.  
3.4    Material or process faults are identified and probably cause determined and addressed


4.Evaluate design and production processes.

Performance Criteria:

4.1    Manipulated textile sample is assessed against design concept and specifications.
4.2    Design is analysed and evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.3    Manipulation techniques are evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.4    Modifications to design or process are explored using CAD or other design tools and communicated with appropriate personnel
4.5   Modifications and design are finalised and all processes and improvements are                       documented

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This studio based course will enable students to gain an understanding of experimental textile processes, including
printed, knitted or woven techniques.
Students will be expected to undertake practical tasks, problem solving exercises, and design briefs.

Teaching Schedule

week 1.    07/02/12    Intro. & assessment requirements. Text and Context – small group project manipulating text and other materials to produce 3D outcome.
Collect inspirational image/s for polychromatic dye print samples 

week 2.    14/02/12    Polychromatic print, sample series using fibre reactive dyes

week 3.    21/02/12    Polychromatic print using fibre reactive dyes. Print and Steam polychromatic samples

week 4.    28/02/12    Record Rhthym Layer introduction and brief.  Book Number 1 Folded

week 5.    06/03/12    Record Rhthym Layer.  Book Number 2 Sewn

week 6.    13/03/12    Record Rhthym Layer.  Book Number 3 Folded

week 7.    20/03/12    Record Rhthym Layer project due.  Project: the bag– introduction and brief (min. 2 manipulation processes)

week 8.    27/03/12    Project: the bag– conceptual development and design.  Exploration of stitch and dissolve

week 9.    03/04/12    Project:  the bag –  textile manipulation processes, prepare for construction.  Project: Not-the-Loom intro and brief - weaving on off-loom structures

week 10.  17/04/12    Project:  the bag  –  completion of textile manipulation processes  Project: Not-the-Loom research and development

week 11.  24/04/12    Project: Not-the-Loom   Summary document of process and concept

week 12.   01/05/12    Project: Not-the-Loom   Review   Project: revolve introduction and brief

week 13.    08/05/12    Project: revolve   Design and development

week 14.    15/05/12    Project: revolve   Construction of project

week 15.    22/05/12    Project: revolve   Excursion to Artecycle exhibition Incinerator Arts Complex

week 16.    29/05/12    Project: revolve  Completion of project
installation presentation and review

week 17.    04/06/12   Presentation and review Project: revolve

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

Scissors, assorted fabrics, masking tape, tape measure, ruler, note books
Lab coats, fully covered, shoes, gloves, rags.

Overview of Assessment

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 lead to penalties. 

Assessment Tasks

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

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 books and projects
• Individual research report / presentation

Technical Folio: including evidence of completed class exercises;  dye samples; project samples; OHS requirements; class handouts and recipes

Record Rhthym Layer: 3D recording project including 3 in-class bookmaking exercises

The Bag: contemporary twist on historical reference
Research and development of concept and process including sewn, plus other manipulation components
In class presentation of final work  including Artist statement

Not the Loom: Weaving on off-loom structures
Summary document of concept and process
External presentation of final work including Artist statement
Revolve: hanging piece - conceptual or commercial

In class installation and review including artist statement

Visual Diary: 

Research and development; Image bank including drawings, inspirational images,
Documentation of technical considerations including photographs
Documentation of processes undertaken; Additional notes and personal research

Assessment Matrix


folio of samples and reports

   the bag
not the loom project  revolve

1.Develop original textile product design


  1.3; 1.4 1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 1.5; 1.6   1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 1.5; 1.6
2.Select, develop and plan manipulation process   2.1; 2.2
 2.1; 2.2
 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4; 2.5 2.1; 2.2;
2.3; 2.4; 2.5
3 Manipulate materials to produce experimental samples 3.1; 3.2;
3.3; 3.4
  3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4

4. Evaluate design and production processes.


    4.1; 4.2; 4.3; 4.4; 4.5

Other Information

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

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