Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: VART5910C

Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

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 9925 9201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 will undertake some samples that will be initiated in

MANU 5915C Select Dyes and develop dye specification and recipe for production.

It is advised that students are enrolled in both of these units concurrently

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 outcomes.

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

The unit applies to the manipulation of a range of fibres, fabrics and other material used in the production of garments, accessories, interior and exterior applications, commissioned textiles, 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional objects. Evidence of competency in this skill requires a minimum of three types of manipulation.

Details of Learning Activities

This studio based course will enable students to gain an understanding of experimental textile processes, including
surface design and construction techniques.
Students will be expected to undertake practical tasks, problem solving exercises, and a variety of design briefs.

Teaching Schedule

week 1. 07/07/11 Intro. & Assessment requirements.  Textile bingo/‘stuff’ class exercise: manipulating wire/paper/card/other materials to produce 3D outcomes.
week 2. 14/07/11 Project 1 Nudibranch:  Disperse dyes/thermoplastic manipulation: thermoplastic technique samples

week 3.
21/07/11 Project 1 Nudibranch:  Disperse dye/thermoplastic manipulation: dye application samples

week 4.
28/07/11 Project 1 Nudibranch:  Complete manipulation processes. Project 2 On the Dash. – introduction and brief

week 5.
04/08/11 Project 2 On the Dash:  Introduction and brief.  Project 1 Nudibranch due. 

week 6. 11/08/11 Project 2 On the Dash:  Research and development

week 7. 18/08/11  Project 2 On the Dash: - complete application for Moreart/Artland (Moreland City Council/RMIT collaboration)

week 8. 25/08/11  Indigo dyeing and Rust dyeing techniques.  Project 3  Knit Knot Net Coil - introduction and brief

week 9. 01/09/11  Project 3  Knit Knot Net Coil: Excursion to Melbourne Museum to view Women with Clever Hands exhibition.

week 10.
08/09/11 Project 3 Knit Knot Net Coil: Class investigation of knitting,coiling,knotting,netting techniques

week 11. 15/09/11  Project 3 Knit Knot Net Coil: Complete individual exploration of constructed textile structures

week 12. 22/09/11  Papermaking from paper and other materials. Project 4 Box It: Introduction and project brief for hanging wallpiece.

Term Break: Monday 26/09/11 - Friday 07/10/11

week 13. 13/10/11 Project 4 Box It: Investigation of paper and cardboard.

week 14. 20/10/11 Project 4 Box It:  Research and Development of design. Excursion to municipal library to view hanging space

week 15. 27/10/11 Project 4 Box It: Construction of final project.

week 16. 03/11/11 Project 4 Box It:  Completion of project for presentation and installation

Marking Week:  10/11/11  Project 4 Box It: on site review of installation

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, cutting blade, cutting mat, assorted fabrics and other material, masking tape, tape measure, ruler, note book, visual diary and sample folio.
Lab coats, fully covered, shoes, gloves, rags.

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 students’ 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 books
• Individual research report / presentation

Technical Folio: including evidence of completed 3D sculptural form; dye samples; thermoplastic
samples; project samples; OHS requirements; class handouts and recipes 

Project 1 Nudibranch: Disperse dyes and thermoplastic manipulation

Project 2 On the Dash:
Amulet of Transportation. Manipulated textile and written application for MoreArt/Artland
including documentation and artist statement.

Project 3 Knit Knot Net Coil: exploration of constructed textile structures

Project 4 Box It:  hanging wallpiece exploring paper and cardboard material
To be installed in the Moreland City Libraries Coburg branch.

Visual Diary:
The Book: group visual diary exercise
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

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folio of technical samples and reports

disperse dyes nudibranch
on the dash
amulet of       transportation
  box it  project
visual diary/the book

1. Identify manipulation techniques


 1.1; 1.2; 1.3;

1.2; 1.3;

1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 
 1.1; 1.2;
2.Describe uses of manipulation in design processes

2.1; 2.2  2.1; 2.4
2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4 2.1; 2.2;
2.3; 2.4
 2.2; 2.3
3 Manipulate textiles to produce work samples
3.1; 3.2;
3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6
 3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6 3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6  
 3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4

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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