Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART5910C

Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259201

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Students  must be concurrently enrolled on  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:

1.1Types 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

Learning activities in this unit will include a variety of methods -  technical workshops, projects, research, documentation, written reports and in-class exercises.   Students will be required to creatively apply manipulation techniques to produce 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional experimental textile samples and products.

A range of fibres, fabrics and other material may be used and the techniques may include on and off loom weaving, printing techniques, dyeing and stitching among others.  Specific project briefs may require the application of 1 or more type of stipulated manipulation, and throughout the course of the unit at least three manipulation techniques will be explored.

Teaching Schedule

week 1:  introduction and assessment requirements. DIscussion: what is manipulation? art/design.  ’stuff’ in class exercise
introduction to Project 1 Under and Over.  Homework:  collect paper materials, research colour palette

week 2:  Project 1 Under and Over.  paper weaves - plain, twill, other. Tonal/Contrast palette
Manipulation of wire, paper, card and other materials

week 3:  DyeDesignDischarge. Remazol Dye and Discharge print technique. Under and Over project due

week 4:  Discharge print technique workshop

week 5:  Complete - swatchbook of discharge prints

week 6:   Off-loom weave techniques including coiling, knotting and netting. 
Introduction to environmental/conceptual installation.  Discuss: suitable fabrics for devore

week 7:  Project 2: Environmental Fibre Installation (excursion to outdoor location). Fibre netting and knotting project

week 8:  Devore burnout technique workshop - swatchbook of devore samples. Off campus fibre installation report due

week 9: Project 3: the bag introduction and brief and discussion of manipulation techniques

week 10: Project 3: the bag conceptual development and design of bag incorporating minimum of two manipulation processes

week 11: Project 3: the bag  completion of textile manipulation processes in preparation for construction

                 (construction of the bag to be completed in Perform Industrial Sewing GRAP 5215C for submission at end of term)

week 12:  Project 4: On the Dash  individual textile installation on campus

week 13:  Project 5: not-the-loom Introduction and project brief.  On the dash report due

week 14:  Project 5: not-the-loom research and development of design

week 15: Project 5: not-the-loom construction of off loom weave project

week 16: Project 5:not-the-loom completion of project for presentation

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 ;
Marie De Clerck, FuturoTextiel, StichtingKunstboek, 2008;   Nadine Kathe Monem (ed)  Black Dog Publishing Contemporary Textiles, 2008; Bleach Buckle and Burn, Annie Trevellian, ANU Institute of the Arts   Kate Wells, Fabric Printing and Dyeing, Conran Octupus 1997;

Other Resources

Students are required to provide an A4 folder for technical samples, together with an appropriate presentation method for each project.

Students are also required to supply a selection of materials which may include the following:

knitted and woven fabrics; felt, netting, braid, rope, string and yarn; man-made materials;

recycled materials and other raw materials.

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

  • Technical Folio: including evidence of 2 paper weaves (tonal/contrasting colour palette) together with a completed 3D sculptural paper form;
    swatch book of dye/discharge samples; off loom weave samples; devore samples; OHS requirements; class handouts and recipes
  • On the Dash Project: In class textile installation exercise conducted on campus, together with a written report
  • Environmental Installation Project: Off campus fibre installation, together with a written report
  • The Bag project:
    Research and development of concept and process
    In class presentation of final work including sewn, devore/discharge, plus other manipulation components
    Artist statement
  • Not the Loom project:
    Evidence of research and development
    Maquette of constructed textile
    Submission document including statement about the concept and process
    In-class presentation of final work 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 technical samples


on the dash


environ installation


the bag project


not-the-loom project


visual diary


element 1: Identify manipulation techniques

1.1; 1.2; 1.3


    1.2; 1.3

element 2: Describe uses of manipulation in design process

  2.1; 2.3; 2.42.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.42.3; 2.42.1;

element 3: Manipulate textiles to produce work sample

 3.4; 3.5; 3.6

3.1; 3.2;  


 3.1; 3.3 3.1; 3.2 

Other Information

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements, projects, research, documentation, written reports and in-class exercises. 
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

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