Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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

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  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:

1.1 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  textile manipulation processes, including
surface design and construction techniques.    
You will be expected to undertake practical tasks, problem solving exercises, and a variety of design briefs presented in a range of settings including individual and group projects.

Teaching Schedule

week 1.     Intro. & assessment requirements. OHS,  Manipulating materials to produce 3D outcome.  Project 1 intro and brief  
week 2.     Project 1: Under and over paper weave –plain, twill , other. Tonal/ Contrast palette. Manipulate variety of materials to produce a sculptural outcome.
week 3.     Explore thermoplastic manipulation of different fabrics. Collect rusty pieces. Project 1 due.
week 4.     Painting with Disperse dyes. Transfer printing. 
week 5.     Intro Project 2 Collars and Cuffs. Rust Dyeing
week 6.     Project 2: Collars and Cuffs Shibori: explore different techniques and dye samples.Trade-Up Resource Swap Meet
week 7.     Project 2: Collars and Cuffs indigo dyeing, wax resist
week 8.     Continue Project 2: Collars and Cuffs
week 9.     Complete Project 2: Collars and Cuffs
week 10.   Project 2: Collars and Cuffs present completed project
week 11.   Felting: make a bag/hat
week 12.   Project 3: Punctured; pricked; perforated. Use different stitch techniques to decorate felted bag/hat.
week 13.   Project 3: Punctured; pricked; perforated due.
week 14    Project 4 Project 4 - Knit Knot Net Coil class investigation of knit, knot, net, coil techniques. 
week 15.   Project 4  Knit Knot Net Coil individual exploration of constructed textile structures 
week 16.   Project 4 Knit Knot Net Coil class presentation due. 


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

You will be charged a materials fee which cover items such as fabric, dyes, card board, paper and assorted resources required for  projects .

You are required to provide your own tool kit

Scissors, cutting blade, cutting mat, assorted fabrics and other material, masking tape, tape measure, ruler, note book, visual diary and sample folio. Gloves, rags

Lab coats and  fully covered shoes  are required in workshops.

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 you 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 book
• 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 

Detailed project briefs and  information about assessment items will be provided in class time.

Project 1 Under and over weaving to produce 3D outcome
Project 2 Collars and Cuffs:  Disperse dyes and thermoplastic manipulation rust dyeing and use of Shibori techniques.incorporating traded resources
Project 3 Punctured; pricked; perforated incorporating traded resources
Project 4 Knit Knot Net Coil:  exploration of constructed textile structures

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


Project 1: Under and over


Project 2:
Collars and cuffs

Project 3: Punctured, pricked, perforated


Project 4: Knit knot
net coil  

1. Identify manipulation techniques


 1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 3.5; 3.6
1.2; 1.3;   1.1; 1.3  3.5; 3.6  
2.Describe uses of manipulation in design processes
2.1; 2.2 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4

2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4

3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4

2.1; 2.2;
2.3; 2.4
3 Manipulate textiles to produce work samples3.5; 3.6 3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.63.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6  3.1; 3.2;
3.3; 3.4;
 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 you students are required to wear sturdy footwear with covered toe protection, and other personal protective equipment where instructed.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.


Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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