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Drawing for Textiles

Drawing for Textiles

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Crimson Rose O'Shea


Drawing for Textiles is an exciting and practical course that will help you develop your drawing skills for textile design. Using your sketchbook you will learn how to develop your own original and innovative textile design ideas.

You will explore the relationship between your visual research and your design development, developing your concepts and patterns designs through set activities including: experimental expressive drawing, mark making, gesture, drawing large scale, drawing with new tools, creating texture and creating collaged drawings.

Using the vital skill of abstracting from your drawings you will explore ways to translate your ideas into various textile mediums through pattern, colour, texture and form, whilst discovering your own individual and personal style. 
The skills learnt on this course will be skills you will be able to use time and time again as a Textile Designer.

Topics covered

  • Visual research
  • Identifying themes
  • Expressive drawing and mark making
  • Experimenting with colour
  • Painting
  • Stencilling and stamping
  • Collage
  • Introducing pattern
  • Designing repeats
Course outcomes
You will leave with a developed sketchbook filled with new and exciting drawings, made in various media and techniques. You will understand how research skills can be used to create successful designs that will help you when responding to textile design briefs for professional projects in industry or further study.

Who should attend
Anyone with an interest in the textile design process looking to create new textile ideas through drawing.  Whether you are considering studying Textile Design further or keen to pursue a career in textiles for Fashion, Interior Design and other textile pathways. You may want to progress onto the Textile Print Design Short Course.

All Levels Welcome

Online short courses

Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class.

Drawing and Painting for Textile Design (Online Short Course)

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Tutor Description

As a visiting lecturer Crimson has taught at some of the leading educational institutions in the UK. As well as gaining valuable experience lecturing in Fashion and Textiles internationally. As a Fashion Textile Designer, Crimson has several years of experience working in industry. After studying MA Textile Design (Print specialism) at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and BA Fashion Design Womenswear at Central Saint Martins, she received numerous awards for her work in fashion and textiles including, first prize for outstanding use of colour from the Society of Dyers, the Althea McNish Colour Prize and Texprint 2016. Crimson’s work has been featured in various publications including Another Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Hunger and Vogue.

Crimson has a wealth of industry experience that includes working in the studios of John Galliano, Diane von Furstenberg and for Elisa Palomino. As a freelance designer Crimson, has worked for luxury womenswear and sportswear brands, her recent clients include Guy Laroche, Thomas Pink and Lululemon.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • An A4 or A3 sketchbook
  • A selection of drawing equipment e.g.: drawing pencils, charcoal, felt tips.
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brushes – at least one large and one small one
  • Black marker pens
  • Soft Pastels a few different colours
  • Paint – either watercolours, gouache, acrylic or coloured ink is fine
  • A pencil sharpener and eraser
  • Scraps of different colour papers or things that can be ripped up and collaged with.
  • Inspirational imagery - loose sheets - this might be photocopies, magazine cut outs, your own photography. This imagery will help to inspire your project on the course so please aim to bring a minimum of ten inspirational images.. and more if you like.
  • Small fabric scraps or interesting scraps of texture

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.

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