Course Title: Design and produce experimental textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5917C

Course Title: Design and produce experimental textiles

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: 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

Students will undertake a project that will be constructed in GRAP Perform Industrial Sewing.

It is strongly recommended that students are enrolled in both units concurrently

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to apply manipulation processes to design and produce original and creative textiles.
Work includes research, creation or adaptation of designs and preparation of experimental textile concepts and products for
in-class and public presentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5004A Design and produce experimental textiles


1.Develop original textile product design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Requirements or parametres for design are identified and analysed
1.2 Research is conducted to generate design ideas
1.3 Ideas are explored using computer aided or other design tools and design concepts are developed and
reviewed against requirements and with consideration of application, principles of design and elements of design
1.4 Design concept is selected and communication tools are used to present design concept to appropriate
personnel for feedback.
1.5 Feedback is received and considered in line with design concepts
1.6 Design concept is modified and improved where possible.


2. Select, develop and plan manipulation process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Appropriate materials and manipulation techniques to achieve desired effect are
selected and materials are sourced.
2.2 Processes used to achieve different manipulations are described and technical aspects of production are
2.3 Specification sheet is completed to guide production
2.4 Calculations are undertaken as required to determine textile and material quantities
2.5 Tools and equipment required for production are selected and prepared


4. Evaluate design and production processes.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Manipulated textile sample is assessed against design concept and specifications.
4.2 Design is analysed and evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.3 Manipulation techniques are evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.4 Modifications to design or process are explored using CAD or other design tools and communicated with
appropriate personnel
4.5 Modifications and design are finalised and all processes and improvements are


3. Manipulate materials to produce experimental samples

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Workstation is set up according to specifications for work.
3.2 Textiles and materials to be manipulated are checked against quality standards.
3.2 Two and three-dimensional manipulation techniques are undertaken to achieve design effects for sample and
according to OH&S practices.
3.4 Material or process faults are identified and probably cause determined and addressed

Learning Outcomes

This studio based course gives students the opportunity to undertake practical assessment tasks that enable them to
demonstrate skills and knowledge of:
• uses and performance characteristics of fibres, fabrics and other materials
• role of manipulation as a production tool
• effect of manipulation on textiles and materials
• effects of manipulation on design
• information resources on fibres, fabrics and other materials
• OH&S practices, including hazard identification and control measures
• quality practices
• workplace practices

Details of Learning Activities

This studio based course will enable students to gain an understanding of experimental textile processes, including
printed, knitted or woven techniques.
Students will be expected to undertake practical tasks, problem solving exercises, and design briefs.

Teaching Schedule

week 1. 08/02/11 Intro. & assessment requirements. ‘stuff’ class exercise.  Manipulating wire/paper/card/other materials to produce sculptural outcome.

week 2
. 15/02/11 Indigo dyeing  and Rust dyeing techniques

week 3.
22/02/11 Project: Dye+Design+Fabricate Disperse dyes /thermoplastic manipulation : thermoplastic technique samples

week 4.
01/03/11 Project: Dye+Design+Fabricate cont: disperse dye/thermoplastic manipulation disperse dye samples

week 5.
08/03/11 Project: Dye+Design+Fabricate: Complete manipulation

week 6. 15/03/11 Project: the bag/cushion – introduction and brief
– conceptual development and design of bag/cushion incorporating minimum of two manipulation processes

week 7. 22/03/11 Project: the bag/cushion – conceptual development and design

week 8. 29/03/11 Project: the bag/cushion – completion of textile manipulation processes in preparation for construction  (construction of bag/cushion to be completed in Perform Industrial Sewing GRAP 5215C for submission at end of term)

week 9. 05/04/11 Knit Knot Net Coil in class investigation of knitting,coiling,knotting,netting techniques
Intro Environment/Conceptual Art

week 10.
12/04/11 Project: Environmental Fibre Installation (Excursion to Outdoor Location)

week 11. 19/04/11 In class exercise: on the dash wearable travel amulet. Off campus fibre installation report due

week 12. 03/05/11 Project: hang-on Introduction and project brief hanging wallpiece. on the dash presentation of wearable travel amulet

week 13. 10/05/11 Project: hang-on  Excursion to Artecycle exhibition Incinerator Arts Complex

week 14 17/05/11 Project: hang-on  Research and Development of design

week 15. 24/05/11 Project: hang-on Construction of project

week 16. 31/05/11 Project: hang-on  Completion of project for presentation and installation Coburg Carnivale

Marking Week: 07/06/11  review installation Project: hang on

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, assorted fabrics, masking tape, tape measure, ruler, note books
Lab coats, fully covered, shoes, gloves, rags.

Overview of Assessment

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.

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.

All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS. 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 folio of samples
• Individual and group projects 
• Individual research, report / presentation

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 completed 3D sculptural paper form; swatch book of dye samples; thermoplastic
samples; project samples; OHS requirements; class handouts and recipes

Environmental Installation Project:
Off campus fibre installation, together with written report

Knit Knot Net Coil: exploration of constructed textile structures

On the Dash:
Wearable Travel Amulet. In-class textile exercise, together with written statement

The Bag/Cushion: contemporary twist on historical reference
Research and development of concept and process including sewn, plus other manipulation components
In class presentation of final work
Artist statement

Hang-on: double sided hanging wallpiece
To be installed in the windows of Moreland City Libraries Coburg.

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


folio of technical samples and reports

on the dash
the bag/
cushion project  
hang-on project
visual diary

1.Develop original textile product design


 1.2; 1.3; 1.4 1.4; 1.5; 1.6   1.1; 1.2;
2.Select, develop and plan manipulation process 1.2; 1.2   2.1; 2.2; 2.3 2.1; 2.2;
2.3; 2.4; 2.5
3 Manipulate materials to produce experimental samples 3.1; 3.2;
3.3; 3.4

4. Evaluate design and production processes.


    4.1; 4.2; 4.3; 4.4; 4.5

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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