Bags & furniture
Technical firefighting apparel
Ribbons & trims
What are textiles?
Textile products play a vital role in meeting our basic human needs for clothing and shelter. We often only consider textiles to be the clothes we wear. Obviously, the fashion industry is where the majority of textiles are produced and used. However, textiles are important in all aspects of our lives and surround us on a daily basis.
Fashion clothing and accessories, interior textiles, soft toys, stationary and textile art are the main focus areas for our courses. However some the lesser well-known uses of textiles include: coffee filters, teabags, insulation, blinds, wall coverings, tyres, car interiors, seat belts, airbags, artificial organs and arteries, medical masks, bandages, medical gloves, bulletproof vests, firefighter and race car driver apparel, astronauts clothing, sailboats, tennis rackets, sports balls, life jackets, artificial turfs, toothbrush bristles, candle wicks, book bindings, communication lines among others!
Textiles Technology is a course that enables students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to be creative, explore functional and aesthetic aspects of textiles and produce textile items. Students investigate the work of textile designers and examine historical, cultural and contemporary aspects of design. Students explore the properties and performance of a range of textile items to enable them to justify the selection of textiles materials for specific end uses.
Techniques taught may include, but are not limited to: machine sewing, hand sewing, embroidery, applique, pattern-making, fashion illustration / product design, weaving, knitting, felting, crochet, pattern adaption, surface design, paper-making, flax weaving.
Project briefs are set to meet year group, class and individual needs, plus prior experience, but may include: pencil cases, soft toys, clothing, textile art, kites, bags, hats, interior products such as cushions, wearable art and more.
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. "- Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer
"The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress."
- Hubert de Givenchy, Fashion Designer
"Clothes as text, clothes as narration, clothes as a story. Clothes as the story of our lives. And if you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in all your life, each baby shoe and winter coat and wedding dress, you would have your autobiography." - Linda Grant, Novelist and Journalist
“Spider silk is very elastic, and it has a tensile strength that is incredibly strong compared to steel or Kevlar.” - Simon Peers, Scientist