skip to main content
Designing For Surface Decoration

Designing For Surface Decoration

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Dominique L'Olive


Refine your hand drawing and painting skills and explore how surface decoration and pattern design can be used in a range of products such as textiles, ceramics and wrapping paper. This beginners course will take you from idea generation and initial research through to finished artwork for a variety of different artefacts.

Topics covered

There will be short projects set by the tutor for you to work on. Alternatively, you can work on a longer project or on a particular idea of that you wish to develop.

You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas as creatively as possible using a range of specific drawing and painting techniques as used by designers in the marketplace.

Although computers will not be used in the studio the projects you complete can be further developed on computers in your own time.

Upon completion of the course you should take away with you new practical hand drawing and painting abilities and a portfolio of new ideas.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for anyone who has some background in design and is interested in developing their skills in 2D and 3D form.

Equally it could be a great place for you to refresh existing skills or make the transition from managing designers to designing yourself.

Ultimately, the course will support anyone who is full of creativity that they wish to explore with like-minded people.

Related courses

This course can be a follow-on from the Drawing and Painting for Textile Design course, or it can be taken independently.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

After completing a degree in Fashion Textiles at Central Saint Martins, Dominique L'Olive moved on to be a studio manager where she developed and created designs for the UK, Japan and the US. She has since worked with many different companies such as the V&A, Jigsaw, Style Council and Dorothy Perkins, producing a range of textile designs. Dominique currently works as a freelance textile and surface pattern designer and teaches on a range of textile courses at the University of the Arts London.


Please bring with you to the first session:   

  • A4 sketchbook    
  • Glue stick    
  • Scissors    
  • Apron    
  • Palette    
  • Water jar    
  • Windsor & Newton Gouache Starter Pack or Acrylics    
  • Selection of painting brushes    
  • Selection of coloured pencils    
  • Selection of coloured felt tips    
  • HB pencil    

On this course you will be given a project brief to design a textile collection for a specific purpose.    In order to fulfil the brief in the time given it is essential that you conduct some preliminary visual research beforehand. So the most important part is to decide a theme which may be simple ie. flowers, fruit, or more abstract ie. time, space, movement, or an ethnic theme ie. Indian or African art, etc. Primarily the subject needs to be something that you find interesting. When you have decided upon your theme, gather together drawings, images from magazines or postcards, colours, small pieces of fabric, packaging etc - anything that you feel will inspire you and keep your interest during the course. These materials will be used to make a 'storyboard'' which will form the basis of your design collection.

Available dates