This course will help you design a T-shirt collection and artworks ready to be manufactured. You will work to produce your own collection through four stages of design. At the beginning of the course, some time will be spent gathering research in the library under the tutor's guidance. In order to fully benefit from the course you should also be prepared to work in groups as well as individually.
Stage 1 - Researching: You will analyse the existing fashion market and recognise niche openings for further brands, creating personal moodboards and sketch books by thinking outside of the box.
Stage 2 - Design Development: You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of the basic T-shirt through fabric manipulation and paying attention to detailing and finishes.
Stage 3 - Developing Artworks: You will experiment with stencilling, mark-making and embellishment, translating abstract images into all-over repeats and placements.
Stage 4 - Evolving Ideas: You will be encouraged to design a final range of T-shirts working to a lifesize block, and to complete a package ready to be sent to a factory abroad.
There will be a final presentation back to your fellow students at the end of the course.
Entry requirements: None
Florence Blall, studied fashion design and pattern cutting in France before completing her BA Fashion Design with menswear at Central St Martins. She has worked as designer for the like of Paul Smith and Kenzo, and as head designer for British kidswear label No Added Sugar. She is currently freelancing in both design and teaching in France as well as launching her own business.
The materials below are optional but highly recommended:
- Camera, old tees to cut up, embellishments (sequins, beads etc), fabric scissors, needle and thread.
- Research for a sketch book and concept board. Think of a theme and collate photocopies from books, photo's, anything interesting and 3D.
- Vintage samples, print and embellishment techniques etc.
- Materials to use on moodboard: pencils, inks, crayons, spray paints, cardboard, needle and thread, fabrics, sequins, buttons, trimmings etc...
- One fashion magazine.