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Textile Print Design

Textile Print Design

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Kavita Kumari


Join this Textile Print Design course and learn how to transform your design ideas into paper stencil motifs for screen printing. You will learn a variety of textile printing techniques and find out how to source fabrics and print materials.

We'll demonstrate a mix of techniques including specialist water based binders and pigments for screen printing onto cotton as well as acid dyes for printing onto silks.

You will use both open screens and screens prepared with mark making and motifs to develop your design ideas.

You'll have the opportunity to experiment with a range of printing techniques including metallic binder, puff binder and flock & foil embellishment techniques.

Please bring items that inspire you and you would like to draw – these will form the basis of your designs.

Topics covered

  • Printing processes
  • Printing techniques – water based binders, metallic, puff, flock, foil and acid dyes
  • Sourcing fabrics and print materials
  • Fabric classification
  • Paper stencils onto cotton and silk fabric
  • Pinning, colour mixing, printing.
  • Design and create artwork for paper stencils
  • Process screens and print a strike off in pigments
  • Experiment with overprinting and manipulation
  • Mixing acid dyes for printing onto silk 
  • Flock and foil

Course outcomes
You'll leave with a range of printed samples of your print experiments and at least one final piece of work you have designed and printed yourself, for example scarves, cushion covers or T-shirts. You'll also know how to take the next steps, namely how and where you can continue textile print designing.

Who should attend
Anyone interested in learning a new craft, whether for a hobby or because you're an artist looking to diversify or add to your skills. It could lead you to full or part-time studies in another aspect of textile design.


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.

Introduction to Textiles (Online Short Course)

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Student reviews

'Excellent - Thoroughly enjoyable. Great facilities, great teaching (thorough), sufficient time given for screen printing' - Anon

'It was excellent. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, the facility was excellent and we had the freedom to use the equipment as needed. It was a valuable experience.' - Anon

Tutor Description

Kavita Kumari, began her career as a freelance Print Designer in Fashion & Interiors, selling at Indigo, Premiere Vision and in New York to Calvin Klein after graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA Honours in Textile Design: Print.  Kavita has since held several independent and collaborative exhibitions combining her skills as a Painter and Textile Designer, which led to commissions for Jujus and Village Underground for corporate events and new graduate designers. She maintains a strong connection with the UAL through her position as a Specialist Teaching and Learning Print & Dye Technician at London College of Art and Chelsea School of Art.  Kavita has a PG Cert in Higher Education and an MA in Academic Practice for Art, Design and Communication and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Kavita teaches Freehand Drawing for Textiles, Silk Screen and Hand Painting for Textiles, Natural Dyes and Fashion Design & Making Summer School (16 – 18 Year Olds) for UAL Short Courses.


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

  • Notebook and pen 

  • Your favourite drawing pens 

  • Pencils

  • Masking tape

  • Scissors

  • A couple of paint brushes 

  • Plastic containers with lids 

  • Dress making pins

  • Strong gloves

  • An apron

  • Some white cotton will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional fabric that you would like to print onto (advice about fabrics will be given during the course). The more fabric you bring the more printing you can do! Natural fibres will work best; e.g silk, cotton, linen (flat surfaces, not stretchy, and not calico)

  • Garments to print on

  • Something to inspire you, for example; drawings, sketches, photocopies, magazine pictures, mark-making, computer printouts, patterns - all preferably in black and white.

As part of your research you may wish to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.

Please wear sensible shoes.


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