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. However, textiles are important in all aspects of our lives and surround us on a daily basis. Some of the less obvious uses of textiles include: teabags, insulation, wall coverings, car interiors, bulletproof vests, race car driver apparel, sails, life jackets, artificial turfs, book bindings, communication lines among others!
Project briefs are set to meet year group, class and individual needs, plus prior experience, but may include: soft toys, textile arts, kites, bags, travel games, t-shirts, hoodies, sleepwear, summer wear, kites, hats, interior products such as cushions, wearable art, competitions and more.
Techniques taught may include, but are not limited to: machining, hand-sewing, fashion construction, embroidery, applique, pattern-making, fashion illustration / product design, weaving, knitting, felting, crochet, pattern adaption, surface design, paper-making, flax weaving, screen-printing, tie-dying, upcycling and more.
Students will learn fundamental textile skills and apply them to projects by following a technological practice from brief through to final product and evaluation. Textiles Technology is a course that enables students to develop their communication, research and modelling skills in order to design unique products to meet their own briefs, and the needs of their stakeholders (clients). Students explore the properties and performance of a range of textile materials to enable them to justify their selection for their products. Trialling of techniques also informs design development and the quality of the end of product. Students may also investigate the work of textile designers and examine historical, cultural and contemporary aspects of design for inspiration.
Authentic Learning may include national competition briefs for student projects, visits from tertiary training providers and designers, Futureintech talks, professional-led workshops, and product development for real school opportunities e.g. soft toys for the refugee children in the on-site Early Childhood centre, creation of a commemorative quilt for the school’s 60th birthday.
Year 9 and 10 Textiles Technology - Semester course
Level 1 - 3 NCEA Textiles Technology (Years 11-13) - Year long Achievement Standard course
Future Study & Career Pathways
Technology Achievement Standards are University Entrance approved and offer a variety of communication, design, thinking and decision-making skills that could contribute towards success in a variety of future study and career pathways, along with subject specific practical skills.
Textiles Technology specific pathways include:
L3/4 Certificates in Garment Construction & Pattern Design , Level 5/6 Diplomas in Fashion Design/Technology, Level 7 Degrees: Bachelor of Design (BDes) majoring in Fashion, Textiles, Spatial, Furniture, Interior Design, Performing & Screen Arts or Product Design.