Digital Textile Printing: Intensive
This 2-week intensive course will explore textile design in more depth. In the first week you will visit a London Museum for inspiration and develop your drawing and painting skills in order to enrich your print designs. Don’t worry if you’re not a natural artist, prints can be abstract textures and collages, this is all about developing your personal style. All that is required is to bring your enthusiasm and to have fun!
The course will introduce the fascinating world of digital print for textiles using the latest in digital printing technology. You will also explore fashion collections and designers who use these techniques to enhance your knowledge of the medium. Digital printing offers fast paced results with strong visual impact. Unlike conventional printing methods, it enables your designs to be reproduced accurately and without the loss of subtle or intricate detailing.
Throughout the course you will develop your own ideas using a variety of media sources: drawings, painting, collage or photography. Working to a set project brief over 2 weeks you will manipulate your ideas in Photoshop before finally digitally printing your designs onto fabric, creating a scarf and coordinating length of fabric suitable for a simple garment. On completion of this course you will have a finished print of your artwork along with your digital creations on a scarf and length of fabric.
The course includes:
- Research techniques
- Exploring different media
- Research development
- Creating mood boards for colour selection
- Fabric awareness
- Introduction to the basics of Photoshop & how to prepare your files for printing.
- Use of latest digital printers
- Visit to a textile bureau
This course combines Digital Textile Printing and Digital Textile Printing: Placement and Repeat Prints. Browse our full range of textiles courses here.
Beginner/intermediate/advanced you should have an interest in the subject and basic Photoshop skills are welcome but not required.
Please note - This course combines our two courses Digital Textile Printing and Digital Textile Printing: Placement and Repeat Prints.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Alex Darche is the founder of the British label Daisy Darche, which she established while studying for a BA in History of Art and Archaeology. The label was initially picked up by Liberty of London and subsequently by other department stores and boutiques in the UK and abroad.
Her fascination with colour and creating moods in patterns is reflected in the label’s focus on bold, vivid prints on silks. Influences from the Far East are also visible in Alex’s designs.
Since completing an MA in Textiles specialising in Print at the Royal College of Art, Alex has worked as a freelancer designer and brand consultant collaborating with other designers and labels on various special projects.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- Notebook and Pen
- USB stick or hard drive (at least 8GB but 64BG would be ideal)
- A4 sketch book
- Imagery you are interested in for inspiration, for example: personal photos, postcards, internet research (at least 10-20 images). The images can be of anything you find interesting such as textures, wood, grass, close ups of lace, sunsets, buildings, flowers, animals, artists/ art/ art movements like cubism, Impressionism. Please try to stay away from fashion magazines or images of catwalk photos / clothes.