Textile design is broad subject area that stretches beyond the fashion world. Anne introduces us to the different paths you can take to explore the potential of materials and make textiles.
Textiles are everywhere: a knitted dress, a printed wallpaper, a woven carpet or a digital pattern projection. As a textile designer it is essential to have a passion for materials and textures, a healthy obsession with patterns and a love for colours!
Studying textile design allows you to explore a wide variety of directions from fashion fabrics to material design as well as interiors applications and colour forecasting. On the degree course I run you can try out Weave, Print and Knit in year 1 and then specialise in one of these pathways in year 2.
Being in a textile workshop making fabrics is still a big part of the course in order to understand how different materials react to different processes.
“This is complemented with new digital skills and non-traditional workshops – from recycling to electronics – to explore future materials.”
Here are some of our brilliant graduates and the colourful work they make. Scroll down and see where studying textile design has taken them in life after university:
Credit: ‘In Search of the Uncanny’, 2015, Kasia Franczak.
Knitter Kasia Franczak took inspiration from traditional folk craft from her Polish heritage and the work of director David Lynch to inform her final collection. Working with themes of uneasiness, mystery and other-worldliness, she playfully layered transparency and heavy texture to portray a sense of hidden space. Since graduating, Kasia has been involved in film projects, applying her eye to other disciplines.