Textile design is a highly creative subject that stimulates the imagination. It offers a variety of outlets for innovation and artistic expression, building a visual language for practical activities.
Creativity and resilience are qualities highly prized in today’s workplace. The study of art and textiles gives students the opportunity to develop lifelong transferable skills whilst doing something creative that they enjoy.
How we organise learning
In key stage 3, students develop the basic skills required in textiles during two main projects which are run in a carousel rotation with product design and food technology.
In Year 7, students develop their hand sewing skills and learn how to construct textiles items whilst they complete a project making soft toys.
In Year 8, students explore a wide range of textiles techniques to discover how to add colour to fabric. These include printing, tie dye, batik, crackle dyes and bleaching. They use plastic fusing and machine stitching to construct a graffiti-inspired shopper bag.
Textiles in key stage 4
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Name: GCSE Art and Design
Component: Textile Design
Link: Textile Design
Students begin their GCSE textiles course in Year 9, where they further develop their sewing skills. They complete a four-week introduction project where they are introduced to more advanced techniques such as free machine embroidery, batik dyeing and fashion illustration. They then further develop these skills by creating a neck-piece based on natural form.
Students use hand sewing skills and construction techniques to produce Christmas stockings which they take home. Following this they begin the coursework section of their GCSE course with a project studying wallpaper and home furnishing patterns and influences.
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