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Textiles Technology

 

Offering creative skills and practical experience, Textile design is a popular department at Kent College.  We aim to promote designing and making' in the context of 21st Century applications using traditional and modern techniques.

At both GCSE and A level in all areas, a range of advanced 'design and make' tasks are completed.  These address complex skills and concepts leading to the final coursework tasks and requirements set by the Edexcel Examining Board.

Year 7

In year 7 we work on teaching basic sewing skills and health and safety.  Students make a cushion and a denim bag, exploring the applique technique.  

Year 8

In Year 8 we work on a simple gathered skirt with pockets and bows and a cushion with a half drop repeat pattern, developed on Photoshop.  The pattern is sublimation printed and heat pressed onto the fabric.

Year 9

In year 9 the students make a dress with facing and a zip.  We focus mainly on fabric manipulation and decoration techniques to add to the dress.

All students are invited to showcase their work in May at the bi-annual show, Runway.

 



Year 7 Owl Cushions Year 8 Sublimation Cushion


Year 8 Gathered Skirt Year 9 Little White Dress


Year 10 Shirt Manipulation AS/A2 Sketchbook research & project ideas

GCSE Textiles Design

This is a creative and challenging course which develops designing and making skills further from the basic knowledge gained during Years 7-9.

The tools used in Textile design are wide ranging, encompassing traditional handcrafts and computer-aided technology, for example hand embroidery and computerised sewing machines.  Natural and manufactured materials, including paper, wire, tissue, gauze, plastics, recycled packaging and cloths such as silk, wool, cotton, polyester and hessian, are used to address aspects of design in fashion, furnishing and fine art.

The disciplines students are able to work with are: Constructed textiles, Dyed textiles, Printed textiles, Fine art textiles, and Fashion textiles.

At the beginning of year 10 we use our cross curricular links with the drama department to create a costume project.  Students in the past have made costumes for Evita and Agamemnon.

Students will work on two units during their GCSE.

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio

45 hours of controlled assessment which is internally set, marked and standardised.  The unit is externally moderated and is worth 60% of the whole GCSE.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment

This unit consists of 20 hours informal supervision leading to a final 10-hour sustained focus, conducted under formal supervision.  The unit is worth 40% of the whole GCSE.

One visit per unit is planned for students to gather inspiration either locally or further afield. 

Students in year 11 enter into the annual Young Fashion Designer Awards coordinated and hosted by Kent College, click here for more information.

Visits are undertaken where possible and students are entered for BA CREST Bronze and Silver awards.  Students can also enter the annual  Young Fashion Designer Awards held at Kent College, click here for more information.

AS/A2 Textiles Design

This is an exciting course which allows students to develop creativity and individuality at an advanced level.

Textile design involves the creation, selection and manipulation of textiles across a variety of techniques.  Contemporary design is often a hybrid activity which brings together different features of textiles, using combinations of disciplines freely and often embracing both traditional and modern approaches. 

The disciplines students are able to work with are: Constructed textiles, Dyed textiles, Printed textiles, Fine art textiles, and Fashion textiles.

One visit per unit is planned for students to gather inspiration either locally or further afield.  Past trips include: the V and A, the British Museum, Isabella Blow at Somerset house, Fashion and Textiles museum..

AS - Year 1

Unit 1 Textiles Coursework – Practical work. (30% of whole A level)

Unit 2 Textiles Externally Set Assignment – Practical work (20% of whole A level)

A2 – Year 2

Unit 3 Textiles Coursework – Practical work and Personal study (30% of whole A level)

Unit 4 Textiles Externally Set Assignment – Practical work (20% of whole A level)

Students in year 12 and 13 enter the annual Young Fashion Designer Awards coordinated and hosted by Kent College, click here for more information.

Leaver’s Destinations:

University for the Creative Arts – Rochester, Ravensbourne College of Art, London College of Fashion, De Montford University, Northumbria University, Nottingham Trent

AS/A2 Sketchbook Work & Project Ideas

 



AS/A2 Sketchbook work AS/A2 Sketchbook work


AS/A2 Sketchbook work AS/A2 Sketchbook work


AS/A2 Sketchbook work AS/A2 Sketchbook work
 

Textiles A Level on BBC Radio Kent 2014

Our A Level Textiles department were delighted to be on BBC Radio Kent in September. Josie Knetchi, Ella Schanche and Tara Fothergill discussed London Fashion Week and their current textiles course. The presenter, Julia George, said she has little interest in fashion and never wears things that are on trend. Our students went on the Monday to find out a bit about Julia's personality and her measurements, then returned  on the Thursday with the outfit they would dress her in. Please see below pictures of Julia wearing Josie’s designs. Listen to the links below to hear the girls' being interviewed.

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