Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: VART5903C

Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

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

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Cresside Collette.  Phone 99259225

Nominal Hours: 100

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

Part time students should seek academic advice prior to enrolling in this course

 You are strongly advised to be  concurrently enrolled in  the following courses;

Analyse use of Colour in Textiles (VART 5905C), 

Assist in the the development of Textile Designs (VART 5904C) and Operate computing technology (6060C).

Course Description

Covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse various influences on textile design and production.
We will be looking at what influences textile design, from historical textiles and cultural influences to contemporary social trends, art, fashion, technology, and environmental change. The unit includes applied research and analysis of the design process, construction techniques, colour, textile products and future directions in textiles as well as the principles and elements of design.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4007A Analyse textile design influences


1. Analyse key influences on textile designs.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Significant historical events that have influenced textile design are identified and their effects analysed
1.2 Significant cultural influences on the development of textile design are identified and their effects analysed
1.3 Contemporary influences on textile design are analysed
1.4 Characteristics represented in textiles are identified.
1.5 Changes to production processes, including the effects of new and emerging technologies on textile designs are analysed.


2. Identify features of the design process.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Steps in responding to a design brief are identified.
2.2 Commercial considerations in producing a design are identified.
2.3 Elements of design are identified.
2.4 Principles of design are identified.


3. Source information on textile designs and products.

Performance Criteria:

3.1Possible sources of information on textile designs and products are identified and means of accessing information determined
3.2 Information gathering tools are used according to OH&S practices
3.3 Information is assessed for reliability to inform design processes


4. Analyse textile construction techniques.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Purpose and key features of textile product are identified
4.2 Desired effects of design features are described.
4.3 Production techniques applied to create design features are described.
4.4 Use of production techniques in contemporary designs is identified.


5. Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Colour is investigated and dimensions are identified.
5.2 Relationship between value and intensity is identified and a colour chart is painted.
5.3 Colour wheel is prepared according to colour mixing principles.
5.4 Shade scale is prepared according to colour mixing principles.
5.5 Colour matching for production is implemented.
5.6 Colour charts are inspected or checked against quality standards.
5.7 Any changes or adjustments are carried out as required.
5.8 Documentation relating to colour charts is completed.


6. Analyse influences on future directions in textiles.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 New or emerging textiles are identified and features, benefits and likely uses examined
6.2 Trends and influences are analysed to identify possible changes in textile production and demand
6.3 Sources of information relating to future directions and innovations in textile design are identified and accessed to maintain currency of industry knowledge

Learning Outcomes

This course gives students the opportunity to undertake practical, oral and written assessment tasks to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to:

  • analyse key influences in textile design
  • identify the principles and elements of design
  • gather information using a range of sources, tools and technology
  • analyse and evaluate information
  • analyse influences on textile production techniques
  • relate findings to future directions in textile design

Details of Learning Activities

Weekly presentations on design influences are followed by workshop activities, industry related excursions and visits from relevant guest speakers. Students will keep a reference journal, participate in group discussions, undertake their own research into textile designers, products and design influences and give oral presentations of their findings to the group. Students will interview a contemporary designer of their choice, participate in detailed textile observation and analysis and undertake reflective writing. Future directions in textiles are explored and presented as a Techno Textiles Wiki. Principals and Elements underpinning design are explored in class exercises in this course and in linked courses. Colour wheel paint ups, practical problem solving and the creation of story and concept boards are also undertaken in linked courses VART 5905C and VART 5904C.

Teaching Schedule

  Analyse textile design influences SEMESTER TWO. 
SessionSEMESTER TWO Learning Activities Assessment Tasks
Session 1

Explanation of Semester Two assessment requirements.

Introduction to TOILES: Historical and Cultural context.
Explanation of  5 Toile Analysis excercise and overview of past approaches.
Task – Choose 5 Toiles and prepare a short PowerPoint Analysis and deposit in Virtual Journal Dropbox for discussion in next week’s lecture time slot.

Discussion of personal approaches - telling your own story through the toile.

 * Journal content is required from each class. See Journal content checklist.

Session 2

TOILE Project
Task – Share 5 Toile Analysis ppt. with class


Session 3


Approaches to an Art Textiles Practice. (Cresside Collette)

Journal Task - Cresside’s Influences,  design considerations and production processes

Introduction to the breadth of Contemporary Textile Practice.

Task - Brainstorm Contemporary Textile Design influences.


Session 4

CONTEMPORARY ART AND DESIGN - Industry Visit to Gertrude St. Precinct

Task –  Observation Exercise; analysis of Contemporary Textile Product  in journal.


Session 5

GRAPHICS AND ILLUSTRATION - Travel guide introduction to what’s out there

- Miso and Ghost Patrol

Task - Collection of Contemporary graphics and illustration styles - deposit in Virtual Journal Dropbox for discussion next week

Session 6


Journal Task - Street art and the prevalence of graphics. Analysis of Contemporary Influences and Production Techniques

Virtual Journal Discussion- Viewing student’s collection of contemporary graphics and illustration styles. Identify Contemporary Influences and Production Techniques

Session 7

GRAPHICS AND ILLUSTRATION - Hairfurkunst and Contemporary Illustration Styles

Industry Visit - Meet at Until Never Gallery
Journal Task - Until Never and Hosier Lane questionaire


Session 8

Robots, speed and things that blow up!

Guest Speaker: Steve Howden (Tiger Angel leathers and 3D Inflatables) 

Task - Conduct research for Techno Textiles Wiki

Session 9

Cutting edge Knitwear Innovation. Guest Speaker: Olga Troynikov. (tbc)
Task -  Conduct research for Techno Textiles Wiki and upload onto Blackboard for next week’s class

Session 10


Virtual Discussion- Viewing each other’s Techno Textiles Wiki entries and leaving comments

 * Techno Textiles Wiki viewing and group assessment

Session 11

Guest Speaker: Julia Raath - A career path in Textile Design
Industry Visit


Guest Speaker: Kyoko OSATO - Studio based production practice - Woven product
Session 13


Industry visit / practitioner to be confirmed

Session 14


Industry visit / practitioner to be confirmed

Session 15 Contemporary Designer Interview STUDENT PRESENTATIONS* Contemporary Designer Interview Presentations
Session 16Review  Week
Analyse textile design influences Journals Due for Assessment.
* Journals Due for Assessment.
* Notes

* This teaching schedule may be subject to change:

In order to reflect current practice, learning activities including industry visits/excursions may change. This allows us to make best use of current exhibitions, visiting practitioners and specialists.
Students will receive advance notice of any changes to the teaching schedule.

* All outstanding work due for Final Assessment week 17.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

* Texts listed are an overview only. Additional Texts will also be suggested according to individual research topics and industry excusions.

5000 years of textiles Jennifer Harris, British Museum Press in association with the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 2004
World Textiles: a concise history Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson, London: 2003
World Textiles: a visual guide John Gillow and Brian Sentence, Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1999
The Cambridge History of Western Textiles D Jenkins, Cambridge University Press, New York: 2002
A History of Costume in the West Francois Boucher, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987
The Melbourne Design Guide. Ed. Viviane Stappmanns and Ewan McEoin. Pub Lab.3000 2006
Handmade in Melbourne. Jan Phyland and Janet De Silva. Pud GSP Books. 2006
Designation. Pub. Ripe off the Press 2006
Ways of Seeing John Berger, Penguin, London
Spirit Country Jennifer Isaacs, Hardie Grant, Sth Yarra
Art Almanac – this is an excellent monthly guide to exhibitions in Melbourne and Victoria. Available at art supply shops and newsagents
Craft Almanac – online bulletin of Craft Victoria

Some examples of Magazines and Journals  –
Art Monthly
ART Asia Pacific
Art and Australia
Un magazine
Object Magazine
Surface Design
Textile Fibre Forum
Parkett Magazine
Craft Arts International


Other Resources

Students will require a pencil, pen and their journal in all classes. A camera is often useful but not essential.

We will discuss the variety of other resources available to you for your projects in our avenues for research classes.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including a journal containing planning, organisation and self directed research material, oral presentations, digital presentation files, preparation of a handout containing images, written synopsis and bibliography, written quiz, practical problem solving exercise, interview of a contemporary designer, concept and story boards.

Please note that some of these tasks and activities will be undertaken in the linked courses mentioned under co-requisites and assessed in collaboration with staff delivering these courses.

Students are advised that they may to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

Semester One:

• Major Research Project (Into a Historical, Traditional or Cultural Design Influence) consisting of:
   Research undertaken in Journal
   Evidence of Planning and Organisation
   Handout produced for Class
   Written Synopsis, Bibliography and Self Reflective Writing
   Powerpoint or Keynote Presentation file
   Oral Presentation including Design Elements and Principals
• Colour Wheel -(Assessed in Colour Semester 1 )

Semester Two:

• Reference Journal - Consisting of digital content (virtual journal dropbox) and physical content (notebook/folder)

• Concept and Story Boards - (Assessed in Present and Promote Textile Design Concepts Semester 2 )
• Techno Textiles Wiki
• Contemporary Designer Interview Project

Assessment Matrix


Major Research Project:

Design Elements and Principals Exercise Colour Wheels Contemporary Designer Interview Project Techno Textiles WikiConcept and Story Boards Journal
1 Analyse key influences on textile designs  x   x x x x
2 Identify feature of the design process  x  x  x 
3 Source information on textile designs and products x      x
4 Analyse textile construction techniques    x  x x
5 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart   x   x 
6 Analyse influences on future directions in textiles x    x x x

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