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Summer Study Abroad - Textile Design

This 3 week course will take students from 2D design to 3D construction of textiles for fashion. Studio and workshop sessions will be complemented by visits to places of interest, such as galleries and textile retailers.

Taught by: Kangan Arora and Linda Florence

This in-depth 3-week course combines visual primary research with studio practice to focus on the exploration and examination of composition, colour and design through various printing techniques for textiles.

Studio and workshop sessions will be complemented by visits to paces of interest including galleries, museums and textile retailers. Your print design work will be based on independent research, gallery and library visits and at the end of the course you should have a sketchbook full of ideas, a collection of printed fabric samples in various techniques and a final piece that you will show in a group exhibition on the last day of the course.

Week 1 will concentrate on building design and research skills and understanding the role of a textile designer through gallery and museum visits, a group ‘repeat print project’ and a talk by a visiting lecturer. You will develop your research over a 2-day group project to design and screen-print a repeat pattern in the workshop.

Week 2 will focus on your individual design development and is largely studio based. We will introduce you to a variety of techniques such as hand painting, screen printing, dyeing and finishing techniques like foiling and flocking to experiment with in the workshop to create textiles that are suitable for Fashion or Interiors.

Week 3 will explore further techniques like printing using heat press and fabric manipulation to create 3D forms. This week is largely self-directed, and you will have individual tutorials with the tutors to develop your final concepts. You will be encouraged to develop and make a final piece based on all the techniques you have learnt for your exhibition.

Learn more about Study Abroad at CSM by visiting the Study Abroad webpage.

Kangan Arora runs a London-based contemporary design studio, specialising in vivid print and interior textiles. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, she currently combines her own practice with teaching at CSM; recent collaborations and projects include work for REN Skincare, Urban Outfitters, Heal's and The London Design Fair. Her approach is typified by a celebratory use of colour, pattern and abstraction, while rooted in an appreciation of contrasting cultures and a rich tradition of visual storytelling. With a signature style that takes assimilated shapes and unexpected juxtapositions, bringing them to life through bold screen-printing, hand weaving, embroidery and quilting.

Deborah Peasgood is an Associate Textile Print Lecturer on the BA Hons inTextile Design at CSM and Chelsea.  She also works as a freelance textile designer for Interiors.Through her experience in teaching and designing she offers a very broad range of skills to students in design development, drawing, and hands on screen printing.

Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Household Rubber Gloves and Apron
  • A3 Sketchbook
  • An assortment of black pens and pencils with different thicknesses and textures
  • Brushes of various sizes and Black Indian ink, all available from regular art shops
  • A selection of references that inspire you, images or fabric samples
  • You will be provided with all printing materials and fabric for initial sampling but we encourage you to bring a variety of different fabrics (approx 1m each) to experiment with

Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience

Course Dates

Date: 01/07/2019 - 19/07/2019

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

Duration: 3 Weeks

Cost: £1950

Status: Available

Location: Granary Sq. - N1C

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