Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5903C

Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6082 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259201

Course Contact

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Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259127

Nominal Hours: 100

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

Analyse textile design influences is delivered concurrently with the following courses;

Analyse use of Colour in Textiles (VART 5905C) and Assist in the the development of Textile Designs (VART 5904C)

It is strongly recommended that Analyse textile design influences students are enrolled simultaneously in these courses.

Course Description

Covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse various influences on textile design and production.
We will be looking at what influences textile design, from historical textiles and cultural influences to contemporary social trends, art, fashion, technology, and environmental change. The unit includes applied research and analysis of the design process, construction techniques, colour, textile products and future directions in textiles as well as the principles and elements of design.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4007A Analyse textile design influences


1 Analyse key influences on textile designs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Significant historical events that have influenced textile design are identified and their effects analysed
1.2 Significant cultural influences on the development of textile design are identified and their effects analysed
1.3 Contemporary influences on textile design are analysed
1.4 Characteristics represented in textiles are identified.
1.5 Changes to production processes, including the effects of new and emerging technologies on textile designs are analysed.


2 Identify feature of the design process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Steps in responding to a design brief are identified.
2.2 Commercial considerations in producing a design are identified.
2.3 Elements of design are identified.
2.4 Principles of design are identified.


3 Source information on textile designs and products

Performance Criteria:

3.1Possible sources of information on textile designs and products are identified and means of accessing information determined
3.2 Information gathering tools are used according to OH&S practices
3.3 Information is assessed for reliability to inform design processes


4 Analyse textile construction techniques

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Purpose and key features of textile product are identified
4.2 Desired effects of design features are described.
4.3 Production techniques applied to create design features are described.
4.4 Use of production techniques in contemporary designs is identified.


5 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Colour is investigated and dimensions are identified.
5.2 Relationship between value and intensity is identified and a colour chart is painted.
5.3 Colour wheel is prepared according to colour mixing principles.
5.4 Shade scale is prepared according to colour mixing principles.
5.5 Colour matching for production is implemented.
5.6 Colour charts are inspected or checked against quality standards.
5.7 Any changes or adjustments are carried out as required.
5.8 Documentation relating to colour charts is completed.


6 Analyse influences on future directions in textiles

Performance Criteria:

6.1 New or emerging textiles are identified and features, benefits and likely uses examined
6.2 Trends and influences are analysed to identify possible changes in textile production and demand
6.3 Sources of information relating to future directions and innovations in textile design are identified and accessed to maintain currency of industry knowledge

Learning Outcomes

This course gives students the opportunity to undertake practical, oral and written assessment tasks to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to:

  • analyse key influences in textile design
  • identify the principles and elements of design
  • gather information using a range of sources, tools and technology
  • analyse and evaluate information
  • analyse influences on textile production techniques
  • relate findings to future directions in textile design

Details of Learning Activities

Weekly presentations on design influences are followed by workshop activities, industry related excursions and visits from relevant guest speakers. Students will participate in group discussions, undertake their own research into textile design influences and give an oral presentation of their findings to the group. Students will interview a contemporary designer of their choice, participate in detailed textile observation and analysis and undertake reflective writing. Contemporary directions in textiles are explored and presented as a Techno Textiles Wiki. Class exercises in this course and in linked courses explore Principals and Elements underpinning design,Forecasting: Identifying and Analysing trends, Identifying Characteristics, Techno Textiles and OH&S compliance. Colour wheel paint ups are also undertaken in linked courses VART 5905C and VART 5904C.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule

Introduction to
Textile Design Influences
Lecture: Geometric Textile Design: Historical and Cultural context.
Introduction to the course and its place in the design process.
Explanation of assessment requirements.
Task - Discuss and define ‘Analysis’. Textile Observation Exercise.
Brainstorm Design influences. Mind-map Themes.
Introduction of Research project and overview of past approaches.

Lecture: Flower Power - Historical and Cultural context for Floral Textile Design.
Analysis of floral design styles.
Tutorial * Meet in the Brunswick Campus Library.
Avenues for Research: Advanced Research Session with campus librarian. Research sources and methods - tips and requirements.
Task – Online research exercise and searching the shelves.
Choose a historical, traditional, or cultural Design Influence as a research topic and
source references and images for research topic.

Principles and Elements
Lecture: Design Principals and Elements - Application for Textiles
Group exercise and crossword
Excursion * Meet at Swanston Library on RMIT City Campus.
We will also visit the State Library of Victoria: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Introduction to the Arts reading room and collections.
Task – Students must confirm research topic and discuss progress today. Utilising the approaches we have discussed in our last two weeks, source references and visual images for the major research project.

Lecture: Colour in Textile Design - Colour’s significance as a signifier.
Task – Research Project Assessment Consultations - Individual Consultations with Ilka regarding progress with research project. Bring evidence in Journal of planning and organisation, collection of resources and research undertaken.

Tribes and Sub-Cultures
Lecture: Tribes - Material Identity.
Textiles as signifiers of cultural and sub-cultural identity. Branding/marketing targets.
Discussion - Brainstorm Tribes and Sub-Cultures
Tasks – Identify a ‘tribe’ you feel a connection with and collect visual images relevant to this group to take into design class for your concept board.
Continue work on Research Project: planning handout and collating visual images.

Avenues for Research
Continue work on Research Project: planning handout and collating visual images.

Avenues for Research
Lecture: Collections - Available collections and examples of historical textiles as a design source for contemporary projects.

20 minute Oral Presentations with Powerpoint, handout and examples.

Indigenous Australian Textiles
Excursion: Koorie fibre weaving.

Art and Design
Lecture: Contemporary Textiles Practice.
Tutorial Other Approaches to Contemporary Practice (Overview)
Brainstorm / Discussionof contemporary design influences, directions and income streams.
Introduction to Contemporary Designer Interview Project.

Practice and Product
Lecture: Art Textiles Practice
Task - Analysis of Contemporary Textile Product

Contemporary Trends
Lecture: Trend Forecasting / A career path in Textile Design
Tutorial - What’s out there – on line and for real. WGSN and other sources. Forecasting exercise.
Identifying and analysing trends. Collecting Contemporary graphics and illustration styles

Graphics and
Excursion - Street art and the prevalence of graphics.

Lecture: TECHNO TEXTILES The weird and the wonderful
Guest Speaker - Steve Howden Robots, speed and things that blow up! (Tiger Angel leathers and 3D Inflatables)
Task – Create and share Techno Textiles Wiki

Lecture: Guest Speaker - Multi disciplinary practice
Task – Compile findings of Contemporary Designer Interview as a Wiki page.

Lecture: Guest Speaker- Studio based production practice
Task – Share and peer assess Contemporary Designer Wikis


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

* Texts listed are an overview only. Additional Texts will also be suggested according to individual research topics and industry excusions.

5000 years of textiles Jennifer Harris, British Museum Press in association with the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 2004
World Textiles: a concise history Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson, London: 2003
World Textiles: a visual guide John Gillow and Brian Sentence, Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1999
The Cambridge History of Western Textiles D Jenkins, Cambridge University Press, New York: 2002
A History of Costume in the West Francois Boucher, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987
The Melbourne Design Guide. Ed. Viviane Stappmanns and Ewan McEoin. Pub Lab.3000 2006
Handmade in Melbourne. Jan Phyland and Janet De Silva. Pud GSP Books. 2006
Designation. Pub. Ripe off the Press 2006
Ways of Seeing John Berger, Penguin, London
Spirit Country Jennifer Isaacs, Hardie Grant, Sth Yarra
Art Almanac – this is an excellent monthly guide to exhibitions in Melbourne and Victoria. Available at art supply shops and newsagents
Craft Almanac – online bulletin of Craft Victoria

Some examples of Magazines and Journals –
Art Monthly
ART Asia Pacific
Art and Australia
Un magazine
Object Magazine
Surface Design
Textile Fibre Forum
Parkett Magazine
Craft Arts International


Other Resources

Students will require a pencil, pen and notebook / journal in all classes. A camera is often useful but not essential.

We will discuss the variety of other resources available to you for your projects in our avenues for research classes.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including self directed planning, organisation and research, oral presentations, digital presentation files, preparation of a handout containing images, written synopsis and bibliography, practical problem solving exercises, interview of a contemporary designer and construction of a class Wiki.

Please note that the theory and painting up of colour wheels will be undertaken in the linked course; Analyse use of Colour in Textiles (VART 5905C) as mentioned under co-requisites and will be assessed in collaboration with staff delivering this course.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt. All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.
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 may to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

Research Project: Textile History and Culture GRADED 50%
Planning and Organisation.
Research using a range of reliable sources.
Handout produced for Class
Powerpoint or Keynote Presentation file
Oral Presentation

Class Exercises / Checklists Competent / NYC
Design Elements and Principals
Forecasting: Identifying and Analysing trends.
Identifying Characteristics
Techno Textiles
OH&S compliance

Colour Wheels (Assessed in Colour) Competent / NYC

Wiki Project: Contemporary Textile design GRADED 50%
Load as Wiki
Peer Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Element  History and Culture Research ProjectClass exercises & Checklists Colour Wheels Contemporary Designer Wiki Project
1 Analyse key influences on textile designs x x  
2 Identify feature of the design process  x  x
3 Source information on textile designs and products x   
4 Analyse textile construction techniques    x
5 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart   x 
6 Analyse influences on future directions in textiles x x  

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