On this practical design course, you’ll develop your fabric development skills and learn how to apply them to emerging green markets.
You will learn about the origins of fibres, their production methods and current technological developments, and how the fundamental values of ‘craft’ remain central to the process.
As well as new technical knowledge, you will be creating a catalogue of creative samples and a simple garment and/or accessories using the techniques you’ve learnt.
This course is ideal if you're working in the fashion or textile industry, hoping to pursue further academic study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or a craft maker interested in developing new products.
On the course, you will:
- discover what sustainability means in fashion and textile design and production
- compare the fast-fashion commercial model to more responsible practices
- visit a local charity shop and explore brands, styles and fibre blends (and purchase one item to disassemble back in the workshop)
- learn about sustainable fabric sourcing, including zero waste, cradle to cradle and cradle to grave
- complete a life-cycle assessment
- explore natural dying, knit and woven fabrics
- create a garment using sustainable approaches.
What will I gain?
By the end of the course, you will have a technical file full of notes, a material and production catalogue, sustainable designs, a series of swatches and a simple garment that you’ve made.
Level: Open to all
Entry requirement: A professional or academic background in design 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 will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the fashion studios, with industry-standard fashion tables, professional mannequins, and space to work on your sustainble designs and fabric manipulation.
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: Faye Fraser is an accomplished knitwear designer and sustainable practitioner.
She has a decade of experience in knitwear design and fabric development for high-end streetwear and luxury brands such as Aries Arise and Martina Spetlova, all while cultivating her own responsible practice through zero waste and degradable design methods.
She is a masters graduate in textile design innovation from NTU, and was dubbed ‘One of Seven Knitters to Watch 2019’ on the Knitting Industry website.
Faye has been named The Clothes Show’s Knitwear Designer of the Year, and has written for industry publications.
Click through above to book your place online.
Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.
Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Three weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor, with most materials provided.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 12
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
3 weeks (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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