Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART5910C

Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott   TDPT

Julia Raath  TD1A

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 enrol concurrently in  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 OHS 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

On competion you should demonstrate skills and knowledge to:
• identify textile fibres, fabrics and other materials
• determine effects of manipulating textiles
• apply techniques to achieve manipulation effects
• apply OH&S practices in work operations

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is integrated into the  projects undertaken with the following units;

  • MANU5914C Select raw materials.

This is a studio based course covering both theory and practical aspects of the development of processes and products relating to textile design.
Individual and group projects will be undertaken in a fully equipped studios using equipment suitable for sample and production, the studio is a simulated industry environment.
Upon completion of the sampling and finished product your work is presented to a panel of industry peers for review and feedback. 

Teaching Schedule

Week                         Starting     Learning Activities                                                                            Homework or Research                                                       Assessment                   Due Dates   TDPT Thursday Evening 6to9pm                                             
Week1: 6 Jul

Introduction to units  What is experimental textiles ?  Selecting materials     2x2x2x2 Sampling

 Complete 2x2x2x2    
Week 2:13 Jul

Shibori:  History background applications What is it ? Examples                                  Excursion:Group Exchange - The 2nd Tamworth Contemporary Textile Triennial.        

Collect rusty pieces for rust dyeing

week 5                                           


  Part time students encouraged to visit Group Exchange - The 2nd Tamworth Contemporary Textile Triennial.

Week 3:20 Jul

Discuss 2x2x2x2

Shibori sampling techniques and preparing dye samples. Cotton Wool and Silk Shibori using stitch techniques


Source Synthetic fibres - tights

Week 4: 27 Jul

Thermoplastic manipulation- Heat, colour and transformation.  Melt off

Theromplastic manipulation, Disperse dying

Research Beekeeper project

Selecting materials

Week 5:3 Aug

Thermoplastic manipulation of different fabrics - working with synthetic fibres

Rust Dyeing.

Week 6:10 Aug Construction De construction Materials resources Beekeeper Project      
Week 7: 17 Aug Beekeeper

Wednesday 19th August
515.02.06  12 to 5 pm.

AWDI Seminar

Week 8:24 Aug Beekeeper  

Submission and presentation

Beekeeper on Thursday 27th August in Design Class

 Beekeeper project Due
  31 August – 14 September – mid semester break
* Please note this is different to what is published on the RMIT Website
Week 9:14 Sept Investigate embroidery stitches complete 5 samples Self directed research and sampling

 Full time Student Task 3

Research Biomimicry

  Part time Students research for Task 3 Creative Project
Week 10:21 Sept Punctured; pricked; perforated.     Natural Dyeing Workshop 10- 4pm
Week 11:28 Sept Felting -  form      
Week 12:5 Oct Knit, knot, net, coil , crotchet     Felting Workshop 10- 4pm
Week 13:12 Oct Task 3 Biomimicry Project sampling     Task 3 Creative Project sampling
Week 14:19 Oct Task 3 Biomimicry Project sampling     Project sampling
Week 15:26 Oct Completion of  Biomimicry  

Task 1 Sample Folio

Task 3 Full time Students  Biomimicry Due- Presentations on Wednesday and  Thursday

Task 1  Sample Folio Task 3 Creative Project  Due 

Week 16:2 Nov Feedback      
  Please note: Due to access to resources there may be some changes in the delivery schedule. Please check emails regularly    







Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Textiles and Fashion, Jenny Udale
Writing for visual thinkers
Time management for Architects and Designers


Other Resources

Students are required to source and supply their own materials for producing textile samples and finished product.

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

Detailed project briefs will be provided in class sessions and available on Blackboard

Task 1  Folio Samples

Task 2 BeeKeeper

Selection and use of materials
Development of a product using manipulation techniques
Folio of samples with documentation
Finished product including techniques.

Task 3 Biomimicry

Production of finished product according to brief
Folio of samples with documentation.
Report including Analysis and evaluation of product SWOT
Presentation of finished product

Technical Folio: including evidence of samples completed with description of materials and techniques used, class handouts and any relevant research.

Assessment Matrix


Other Information


This course is run in a workshop environment.
To comply with Occupational Health and Safety standards,students are required to wear sturdy footwear with covered toe protection, and other personal protective equipment where instructed.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :

Penalties for late assessment:

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:
- Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark
- Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work
- Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark
- Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty
- Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.


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