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Sustainable Textiles for Interiors (Online Short Course)

Sustainable Textiles for Interiors (Online Short Course)

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Domenica Landin


In recent years, interior design practice has seen a growing demand for environmentally responsible homes and workplaces. The shift into sustainable design strategies has created the need for textile designers to not only possess a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the textile supply chain but also create innovative and unique textile products that embody both the aesthetics and performance required for more healthy and sustainable interiors.

As designers, how do we go beyond working with sustainable textiles? How can we start applying sustainable thinking in the making process? How can we create versatile textile products that can adapt to different spaces? These are some of the questions we will explore in this four-week online course.

Each week we will review the main requirements that support a sustainable textile design practice including material sourcing, industry standards, testing methods, inspiration, and trend. After each lesson, there will be practical exercises that will inspire you to explore different design techniques that explore sustainability as a design method.

By the end of the course, you will have new perspectives that will inform a more sustainable design practice, a better understanding of industry standards and requirements, and the skills to communicate with confidence the value of your sustainable textile products.


  • Design for the environment: practice and process.
  • Sustainable materials: how and where to source them.
  • Sustainable industry standards.
  • Trends and consumer needs in the age of sustainability.
  • Eco-friendliness of colour.
  • Storytelling for sustainability.
  • Zero-waste design.
  • Minimal seam construction.
  • Upcycling.
  • Design for disassembly.
  • Design for longevity.
  • Multi-functional/transformational design.
  • Craft preservation.
  • Product manufacturing: appearance, performance and quality.
  • Expectations for in-home textile product performance.

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Learned how to creatively approach the design and development of sustainable interior textile products.
  • Understood how to source materials that support an environmentally sustainable practice.
  • Developed a range of material samples that apply different sustainable design techniques.
  • Identified opportunities for sustainability within interior textile products.
  • Developed an understanding of environmentally friendly industry standards and terminology.
  • Developed an awareness of sustainable advances within materials and textiles.
  • Learned how to communicate design narratives that our both compelling and informative.

Who is Sustainable Textiles for Interiors (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for individuals who have a basic knowledge of textiles and would like to learn how to apply sustainable design processes to interior textile products. Besides having a genuine interest in sustainability, you may also be starting in the interior textile industry or developing your own textile products for interiors and want to learn new and creative ways to apply sustainable materials and practices.

Level: Beginner.

Why choose an Chelsea College of Arts Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Chelsea College of Arts wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all Chelsea Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Chelsea College of Arts Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

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

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Domenica Landin is an artist, designer, lecturer, and colour practitioner based in London. Her practice explores new ways of studying and understanding digital colours.

After completing her education in Fashion Design at the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti in Brescia, she then trained under Anne Sofie Madsen in Copenhagen and Isabel Marant in Paris. During this time, she discovers her affinity for textiles and materials, which she fosters during her MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art.

Her experimental use of colour has been recognised by different organisations such as Colour in Design Award and the Society of Colourists and Dyers. Domenica has also won several awards including the New Bloomberg Building Design Competition and the Royal Ruyi Scarf Project Award. Both projects have resulted in successful collaborations with the industry where design projects have been executed.

Since graduation, Domenica has exhibited her work in a variety of group exhibitions, notably for Future Heritage, London Design Festival, and Warbling Collective. She enjoys exploring aspects of the textile language such as colour, texture, pattern and surface qualities that she translates into different media to create new material narratives.

Domenica has a passion for education. She has lectured internationally in topics such as Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Textile Design, and Creative Portfolio Development. Her keen interest in colour, materials, and sustainability has led her to lead workshops in Colour and Printed Textiles.

Domenica currently creates textile print designs for international brands and runs her art practice where she continues to explore colour in fresh and unexpected ways.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date version of the Google Chrome web browser
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials

  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions
  • Small cuttings of fabrics, yarns, soft materials, etc.
  • A3 sketchbook
  • Textile tools to explore techniques (needle thread, crochet hook, knitting needle, etc.)
  • Mount board
  • Scotch tape, masking tape, and double-sided tape
  • Scissors or scalpel
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick or PVA glue

Available dates

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