Innovative Printed Textiles - Nottingham Trent University



Printing textiles is an exciting, colourful, and immediate way to transform fabrics and surface design.

This course is a comprehensive insight into surface treatments for textiles; from heat transfer methods to interactive inks, you will explore the possibilities through mark making and creating textures on fabrics, in a contemporary and experimental way.

Immersing yourself in the printing process, the aim of this course is to create a catalogue of samples and ideas that you can then refer to in your professional career, portfolio or for personal development, whilst developing your own unique style and creative voice.

This course is ideal for anyone looking to gain a practical awareness of the different ways you can create printed textile decoration through a variety of hand processes, creating your own printed fabric designs.

It’s a valuable skill for anyone who uses textiles and surface design, whether your background is in fashion and textiles, interior design and homeware, or crafts and textile art; it’s the perfect way to build on existing printed textiles experience and discover new ways of working.

Developing your visual skills and exploring different ways of using textiles and tools, you will build your own design ideas through an experimental and creative approach to drawing, colour, mark making and pattern.

Experimenting with heat transfer techniques and thermochromic inks (where the printed image disappears in the heat, or glows in the dark), you will create stencils of your own designs and produce a series of dynamic prints that can be used as samples or artwork.

You will be encouraged to take risks and experiment with printing techniques, develop your own ideas, mix techniques in unexpected combinations, and have fun with making marks on fabrics.

During the course you will:

- investigate heat transfer inks and techniques
- be introduced to glow in the dark inks and their various applications
- explore mark making through disperse dyes
- develop your confidence in creating different design compositions and work with colour
- create your own stencils from your designs and print them using pre-made screens
- gain a practical understanding of the materials, tools and processes used when printing
- create a range of original textile samples and artworks.

You’ll be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations, samples, paper-based instructions, feedback and tutorials.

What will I gain?

By the end of this course, you will be able to work with an extensive range of printing techniques, leave a good knowledge of printing on textiles, and enhanced your creativity and individual style.

You’ll leave with a range of samples of your print experiments to add to your portfolio, and have the knowledge to pursue these ideas further for industry, academic studies or to develop personal projects.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: A professional or academic background in design, and experience using screens, is useful, but not essential.

Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll find a lively and large open plan studio and print workshop space, with traditional screen print tables to develop your ideas and create exciting work.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor Profile: Theodora Prassa is a multidisciplinary textile and visual artist who has exhibited internationally.

She completed her MA in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University, where she embraced both fine art practices and textile design and making.

Theodora is currently a Senior Technician for the undergraduate textile courses at NTU.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Three days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 12


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


3 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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