Course Title: Design and produce woven products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5916C

Course Title: Design and produce woven products

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 Email:julia.raath@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachel Halton

Tel. (03) 9925 9158

rachel.halton@rmit.edu.au

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

LMTTD4003A Produce woven textile samples

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to develop designs and produce woven products to meet a specified design brief.   Coursework applies to the interpretation and analysis of a design brief and development of a design for woven products such as garments, textile products or accessories and upholstery fabrics.   The unit covers both the theoretical aspects of designing for weave as well as giving students the hands on skills required to produce finished woven products.   Students will produce a range of designs and interpret these into woven products suitable for use in commercial applications (interiors, fashion) as well as developing woven products for the ’hand made’ studio based woven textiles marketplace. Students will also undertake research into current trends in the commercial woven textiles industry.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5003A Design and produce woven products


Learning Outcomes


This studio based course gives students the opportunity through practical projects to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

• analyse and interpret design briefs
• apply design processes to development of designs
• communicate design concepts
• evaluate and modify designs
• determine production requirements
• produce woven designs

Students will be required to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

• organising work & completing tasks
• identifying improvements
• following OH&S practices
• assessing operational readiness of equipment used and work processes
• recognising and adapting to cultural differences in the workplace, including modes of behaviour and interactions
• completing work systematically with attention to detail without damage to goods and equipment


Details of Learning Activities

This is a studio based course covering both theory and practical aspects of designing and producing woven textiles.
Individual and group projects will be undertaken in a simulated industry environment.


Teaching Schedule

TEACHING SCHEDULE 2011

Week

1 DESIGN & PRODUCE WOVEN TEXTILES
Overview of course module - STUDIO & EQUIPMENT BRIEFING - OH&S induction
Exercise: PROJECT 1 MULTI SHAFT TWILLS - wind warp – set up looms –
- WARP, THREAD, SLEY, TIE-ON (ready to weave next week)
Homework: Finish to set up Loom - Revision of First Year Twill theory

2 PROJECT 1 MULTI SHAFT TWILLS
Library and References, Magazines/Catalogues etc.
Weave sample 1
Threadings for Twills - (use pegplans to weave) Theory & development of combination twills

3 PROJECT 1 MULTI SHAFT TWILLS
Continue weaving – Twill sample
Threadings for Twills - (use pegplans to weave)
Designing Pegplans for weaving twills
Multiple wefts – different thicknesses of yarn with the same weave

4 PROJECT 1 MULTI SHAFT TWILLS
Continue weaving – Twill sample
2 colours in warp & weft (plain weave in between each pattern pick)
Develop one design further – do a small composition based on research – either on this warp or start a new one - incorporate other weaves / plain / rib etc.

5 PROJECT 2 ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
Collective Exercise: as a class group choose colours that relate to a considered colourway (from research)
Calculate yarn quantities, prepare warp and dress loom ready for next week
Pique; Waves & Gulls; Damask; Supplementary Warp; 8 shaft Bedford Cord; 8 shaft twill. Weave a sample. Swap to other looms to weave min. 4 samples.

6 PROJECT 2 ADVANCED TECHNIQUES 
Theory - pique weaves & weave sample -

7 PROJECT 2 ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
Theory - double warp systems & weave sample - 

8 PROJECT 2 ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
Theory - damask - weave sample

9 PROJECT 2 ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
Theory - supplementary warp systems - weave sample

10  PROJECT 3  /// RESEARCH METHODS FOR WEAVE /// Weave Studio & RMIT Brunswick Library. How to develop a strong visual diary – thinking about structure simple & complex weave techniques and methods, including doubleweave. Including how to conduct research into end uses for weave and idea generation & development.

11 PROJECT 3 DOUBLE-WEAVE
Theory - design a ‘block design’ for a double weave fabric. Calculate quantities of yarns/materials and pattern development to meet specifications for the samples. Produce at least 4 samples (10-15cm in length) and approx (6” – 8” in width). Loom set up of an AVL Dobby loom using multiple warp systems, may involve using double beams.

TERM BREAK     Thursday 21st April – Wednesday 27th April

12 PROJECT 3 DOUBLE-WEAVE
Use combinations of yarns and weaving using multiple wefts to produce double weave fabrics.

13 PROJECT 3 DOUBLE-WEAVE
Hand manipulated techniques for doubleweave including pick-up

14 PROJECT 3 DOUBLE-WEAVE
Combining layers through colour & loom controlled techniques.
Produce a small A4 storyboard for one of the samples demonstrating it’s end use possibilities.

15 PROJECT 3 DOUBLE-WEAVE
Presentation: present each sample in a technical file alongside all specification and technical information for each sample developed including analysis and documentation of any errors, repairs or modifications made to the sample.

16 /// PROJECT 3 - DOUBLEWEAVE /// FOLIO PRESENTATION & REVIEW


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Structure of Weaving, Ann Sutton

Ideas in Weaving, Ann Sutton

On Weaving, Anni Albers

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, Anne Dixon

The Techniques of Rug Weaving, Peter Collingwood

Textile Fibre Forum Magazine (Australia)

Textile VIEW, Magazine

Surface Design, Magazine

Selvedge Magazine (UK)

Handwoven Magazine (Interweave Press) USA

Textile: The Journal of Cloth & Culture (UK)

The Key to Weaving, A Textbook of HandWeaving for the Beginner, Mary E. Black

Textiles, concepts and principles (second edition), Virginia Hencken Elsasser

Textiles and Fashion, Jenny Udale

ETN Textile Forum (Germany)
Craft Arts (Australia) 
FibreArts
Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot (USA)

Doubleweave on 4 - 8 Shafts, Ursina Arn-Grischott

Mastering Weave Structures, Sharon Alderman

A weavers book of 8 shaft patterns, Carol Strickler

8 / 12 / 20 An Introduction to Multishaft Weaving, Kathryn Wertenberger

The Complete Book of Drafting for Handweavers, Madelyn van der Hoogt

Weave and Pattern Drafting, John Tovey

Virginia West Swatch Book, Virginia West

Damask and Opphamta, Lillemor Johansson

Woven Structure and Design, Doris Goerner

Pattern and Loom, John Becker

Exploring Multishaft Design, Bonnie Inouye

A Weaver’s Memoir, Jack Lenor Larsen

Linen Handspinning and Weaving, Patricia Baines


References

Paul O'Connor, doubleweave notes, http://www.haven2.com/proc/index.html

Gunta Stolzl, Dessau Fabrics, Bauhaus,   http://www.guntastolzl.org/Works/Bauhaus-Dessau-1925-1931/Dessau-Fabrics/1542293_G7RgS#93299234_UFsiu

Wallace and Sewell, UK Weavers, http://www.wallacesewell.com/

KVADRAT, http://www.kvadratmaharam.com/


Other Resources

Students are required to provide the following materials:
Scissors, Calculator, Graph Paper (5mm squares), Tape Measure, Ruler, Pen, Pencils, Red FineMarker Pen,
Threading Hook, Reed Hook, 2 Shuttle Sticks, Notebook, A4 Folder, A4 Plastic Inserts


Overview of Assessment

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 recording all technical documentation in a workbook, exercises completed in class, exercises completed outside class times, producing of a folio of woven designs and checklists completed by the class teacher during class exercises.   Students will be awarded a grade 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

Full details of Assessment Tasks and grading for each Project will be provided in class

Folio of Samples:                Students submit a folio of woven samples.
Technical Workbook:          Students record all documentation of processes and technical specifications in a workbook.
Observational Checklist:    Students are observed throughout the semester meeting Occupational Health & Safety requirements of the weave studio.   Assessment of successful completion of particular class exercises are also recorded on a checklist (students will be advised at the beginning of the semester)


Assessment Matrix

 Element Performance CriteriaFolio of Samples

Observational Checklist

Technical File
1 Develop woven product design                                             1.1 Design requirements and specifications are interpreted from brief and elements of design are analysed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1.2 Design is developed to meet design brief and in line with principles of design and product purpose                                      
1.3 Communication tools are used to present woven design for feedback.
1.4 Feedback is received and design adjusted accordingly.
1.5 Design is confirmed for production.
 X  X
2 Plan production of woven design sample 2.1 Technical aspects of production are identified
2.2 Specification sheet is completed to guide production
2.3 Calculations are undertaken to determine yarn quantities and pattern developed to achieve specifications
2.4 Materials, tools and equipment required for production are selected and prepared.
        X                 X X
3 Produce woven design sample 3.1 Workstation, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work.
3.2 Yarns to be woven are checked against quality standards.
3.3 Weaving techniques are undertaken to meet design specifications for sample and according to OH&S practices.
3.4 Woven sample is checked to ensure quality standards are met including testing for accuracy of pattern repeat, colour or placement, and yarn suitability
            X                 X 
4 Evaluate design and production processes 4.1 Woven sample is assessed against design specifications, pattern and design brief.
4.2 Weaving faults are identified and design or production problems recognised
4.3 Design is analysed and evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement
4.4 Production process is evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.5 Process and improvements are documented.
 X  X

Other Information

This unit is delivered concurrently with two other units:

LMTTD5008A Develop Textile Designs & Specifications

LMTTD5007A Develop Textile Designs using Computer based design programs

Students are strongly advised to enrol in the above two units concurrently with this unit.

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