Digital Textile Printing (16-18 Year Olds)
Textile design has been a growing area in the fashion industry over the last 20 years, with the move from screen printing and rise in digital printing, creating bespoke printed fabrics has never been more convenient. Designers such as Alexander McQueen, Missoni, Mary Katrantzou and Pucci to name a few are famous for their iconic signature prints...
Taught by: Alex Darche.
Textile design has been a growing area in the fashion industry over the last 20 years, with the move from screen printing and rise in digital printing, creating bespoke printed fabrics has never been more convenient. Designers such as Alexander McQueen, Missoni, Mary Katrantzou and Pucci to name a few are famous for their iconic signature prints. This course is an ideal taster for students who wish to explore this fascinating area.
This digital textile printing course will introduce digital print for textiles, using the latest in digital printing technology. Digital printing offers fast paced results with visual impact. Unlike conventional printing methods, it enables your designs to be reproduced accurately and without the loss of subtle or intricate detailing.
Throughout the course you will develop your own ideas using a variety of media sources: drawings, painting or photography, as a starting point. You will subsequently manipulate your ideas in Photoshop before finally digitally printing your design onto fabric. On completion of this course you will have a finished print of your artwork along with your digital creation on a scarf or length of fabric.
The course includes:
- Research techniques
- Exploring different media
- Research development
- Creating mood boards for colour selection
- Fabric awareness
- Introduction to the basics of Photoshop
- Use of latest digital printers
- Visit to a working textile bureau
Beginner/intermediate you should have an interest in the subject and basic Photoshop skills are welcome but not required.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Her fascination with colour and creating moods in patterns is reflected in the label’s focus on bold, vivid prints on silks. Influences from the Far East are also visible in Alex’s designs.
Since completing an MA in Textiles specialising in Print at the Royal College of Art, Alex has worked as a freelancer designer and brand consultant collaborating with other designers and labels on various special projects.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- USB stick or hard drive (at least 8GB but 64BG would be ideal)
- A4 sketch book
- Imagery you are interested in for inspiration, for example: personal photos, postcards, internet research (at least 10-20 images). The images can be of anything you find interesting such as textures, wood, grass, close ups of lace, sunsets, buildings, flowers, animals, artists/ art/ art movements like cubism, Impressionism. Please try to stay away from fashion magazines or images of catwalk photos / clothes.