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The fashion and textiles summer school

Fashion and textiles summer school

Duration: 4 weeks

Price: £800

Book with: Michelle Smith
at Design ME Textiles

Arch 533, Orphans Yard
Brixton Station Road

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About the Course

This combined fashion and textiles course in collaboration with fashion designer Tolu Coker has been designed to offer an impactful insight into how fashion designers incorporate textiles into their process. Aimed at those looking to gain more knowledge, as well as those looking to brush up on their technical skills and design approach, students will benefit from a thorough and comprehensive course structure.

Over the course of 4 weeks, your tutors will guide you through a series of practical workshops and tutorials that will help develop and strengthen your design, construction and print-making skills.

You will work from a set brief, carrying out extensive research, experimentation and design development, to process and generate ideas for your textiles and garment realisations. 

By the end of the course you will have built a body of work and gained invaluable tools and information to enhance your portfolio for future opportunities.

This course is an unmissable opportunity for you to improve and diversify your practice.

Tutor information:
Michelle Smith is the founder of social enterprise Design Me Textiles, London’s only 24-hour access textiles studio. Design Me Textiles has helped produce printed textiles and facilities for a wide range of fashion houses, students and new designers from Burberry, Mulberry, Craig Green, Christopher Raeburn, Bethany Williams.

Tolu Coker is a British Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and Illustrator. Following several successful stints at Maison Margiela, J.W. Anderson and Celine, the London- born designer graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martin's Design school with First Class Honours and has gone on to establish her own brand which has won several awards and featured in publications such as Italian Vogue, Dazed and Love Magazine.

Course structure

Week one:
* Figure Drawing Workshop
* Introduction to the course and briefing
* Exploring sustainable and cultural design solutions
* Research methods and choosing a theme for development
* HQ/Gallery Visit

Week two:
* Introduction to screen-printing, facilities and processes
* Creating hand drawn artwork
* Preparation of screens for exposure
* Mixing of pigments and inks
* Screen-printing with specialist binders including opaque, puff, metallic and more.
* Experimenting with finishing techniques like foiling and flocking and Devore

Week three:
* Modelling and draping techniques on the stand
* 3D Design development
* Collage and 2d design development techniques
* Sketchbook Development
* Sewing Skills
* Garment construction techniques

Week four:
* Final Garment and Print Realisation
* Portfolio Presentation Workshop

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are included during the course.

During lunch participants can walk down the road to Brixton market or round the corner to Coldhabour Lane where there is an abundance of cafes and restaurants that they can enjoy.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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This craft course provider has been awarded Bronze status for receiving 1 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.