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Textiles for Fashion for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Textiles for Fashion for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Zoe Burt


Join Textiles for Fashion for 14 – 17 year old’s and design your own textile patterns to create a capsule fashion collection! Ideal for those interested in fashion design and textiles, providing the chance to explore pattern and colour in a fashion context.

You will begin by researching ideas for a set theme, with an off-site trip to enthuse and inspire you. From images and sketches you will create your own unique motif from which you will develop a pattern to apply to fabric. 

Experimenting with a variety of creative print techniques including stencil, blueprint, natural dye, block prints and painting you will consider colour, scale and impact.

Next you will start to draw out ideas for a small scale capsule collection. Using silhouettes and thumbnails you will apply your print ideas using collage and painting before presenting your ideas at the end of the course.

Topics Covered

  • Sketchbook work and photographs
  • Dyeing fabrics
  • Identifying pattern and motif, symmetry and repeat
  • Exploring print - stencil
  • Designing silhouette thumbnails and capsule collection
  • Applying print to fashion
  • Working on scale
  • Presenting ideas to group

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop your textile and fashion ideas into designs through research. You will have created your own pattern design and explored a range of printing techniques. You will leave the course with a small scale drawn capsule fashion collection and a range of textile samples.

Who Should Attend
The course is suitable for anyone aged 14-17 years old with an interest in textiles and or fashion. An ideal course for anyone looking to create work for a portfolio to apply for future studies in art and design.


Tutor Description

Zoe Burt has created textile and fashion designs for many clients including No added Sugar, House of Fraser, Converse and MTV, selling textile designs in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo. She has led art projects at The South London Botanical Institute, ACE (the artists community exchange), Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Wandsworth Museum, Bankside Open Spaces Trust and Tate Modern, and with Up-BEAT - a Lambeth based community company devising a fashion project for performance and film.


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:
  • A Sketchbook, A3 or A4
  • Drawing pens and pencils
  • A camera or smart phone 
  • A selection of fashion magazines

There is a canteen onsite, alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates