Fashion and Textiles

The Fashion and Textiles course of study enables students to experiment using a wide range of methods and materials. The pathway from KS3 to KS4 allows students to explore decorative textile techniques, complete artist and designer research, develop creative design ideas and produce interesting and innovative final outcomes. Areas of study include art textiles, costume design, constructed textiles, print and pattern surface decoration, fashion illustration, art installation and digital media.

Year 7

In Year 7 students complete a carousel of Art & Design and Technology options – Textiles, Graphic Design, Food and Materials Technology. Students study each area for a 10 week period, with two lessons per week, before choosing their options for Year 8. 

In the Textiles carousel students design and make an ‘Ugly Monster’ stuffed toy from recycled fabrics and components. Students take inspiration from Artist Jon Burgerman to develop a character and personality for their Monster. Students experiment with a range of decorative textile techniques and learn about the impact of fashion and the environment. Students combine research and practical tasks with creative design work leading to the creation of a final Ugly Monster which they make using the sewing machine and are able to take home.

Year 8

In Year 8 students can opt to study Textiles for the full year with 1 lesson per week. Over the Year the course of study is broken into a number of small projects and one longer sustained project. Each project allows students to experiment and explore different areas within Fashion and Textiles Design.

Project 1 – Newspaper Fashion

Students take inspiration from catwalk designers to create a fashion item from newspaper. During the project students experiment with different surface decoration techniques using paper manipulation and develop creative design ideas. They then work in small groups to create a final outcome which is judged by a special guest – prizes are awarded for the most adventurous and wacky creations!

Project 2 – Fashion Illustration

This project allows students to focus on their design skills and develop different methods to record ideas using mixed media techniques. Students take inspiration from artist and fashion designer Elyse Blackshaw to create an individual personal response using experimental techniques including painting, printmaking, mark-making and collage.

Project 3 – Upcycling Challenge

During this project students investigate the impact fast fashion is having on the environment, and develop a cultural understanding of wider world issues. Students design, develop and upcycle an old existing product that would be heading for landfill in the style of their choice. Think BBC2’s Sewing Bee Alteration Challenge… The more creative idea the better!

Project 4 – Colour into Cloth Bag Project

The last project in Year 8 is a longer, more sustained textiles project where students can refine their ideas in a practical and creative way. Students record ideas and observations using mixed media techniques, taking inspiration from the under the sea and the seashore. Students then develop a range of decorative textile techniques including printmaking, printing, dyeing and fabric decoration techniques. Students combine research and practical tasks with creative design work leading to the creation of a decorative canvas bag which they construct using the sewing machine and are able to take home.

Year 9

Project 1 – ‘Dress a girl around the world’ Project

Students design and make a dress or shorts and top for those who are currently living in poverty overseas. ‘Dress A Girl Around The World ‘ is a UK charity aiming to help children in poverty in partnership with the ‘Hope 4 Women’ global charity. This is a live project and the dresses and shorts get sent out every year to those in need. The project allows students to develop dressmaking skills, drafting patterns and using the sewing machine independently. It also gives students the opportunity to develop an awareness of other people’s lifestyles within different cultures and develop an understanding of what we can do to help. The Textiles Department team up with the South Africa Trip and many students who have taken part in the trip have delivered the dresses to orphanages and schools in the townships during the trip.

Project 2 – Festive Craft Project

Students take inspiration from artists Mandy Pattullo, Heidi Rhodes and Sharon Blackman and design and make a festive themed product. This project gives students the opportunity to experiment and learn a variety of textile techniques and processes including hand embroidery, free motion embroidery and applique, at the same time as getting in the holiday spirit!

Project 3 – Natural Form

Students use ‘Natural Form’ as a starting point to create drawings and develop a range of textile samples using a wide variety of mixed media and materials. Students will experiment and explore multiple fashion and textiles skills and learn how to apply new techniques such as felting, embellishing, stitched collage, layering, mark making and fabric painting, printing and dyeing. This project also gives students the opportunity to experiment and learn a variety of fashion garment making skills including pattern cutting and fashion illustration.

Year 10

Students begin the year with an introductory project to help them refine and develop the skills gained throughout Y9. Students use ‘Seascapes’ as a starting point to create drawings and a range of textile samples using a variety of mixed media and materials. Following this, they work in small groups to produce a textile installation piece, which they then develop into a short sustained project. Through their independent project exploration, students produce a small portfolio of work which forms the basis of their GCSE coursework.

Students will move onto completing their first sustained project that will show a journey from the starting point of ‘Food’ through to a final piece. This project will give students the opportunity to refine and develop a variety of textile techniques and processes including hand embroidery, free motion embroidery, applique, heat transfer, mixed media etc. Students will complete artist studies and work towards a final piece which could include wall art, a cushion or apron or a fashion garment. They will work more independently and combine skills from earlier in the year with techniques such as felting, embellishing, building stitched layers, mark making and fabric painting/printing/dying to complete a 3D textiles piece.

Coursework projects from Year 9, 10 and 11 form 60% of their overall GCSE grade.

Year 11 GCSE Art Textiles

Students spend the first part of the year completing their sustained coursework projects. In January of Y11 students undertake an externally set assignment worth the remaining 40% of their overall grade. Students will produce a smaller portfolio work and a final outcome covering the four assessment objectives – drawing, research and experimentation, the development of ideas and making a final outcome. They will sit a 10 hour supervised exam in which they will produce the final outcome in April/May of Y11


Grade Ladders

Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.

Recording Ideas
Exploring Decorative Textile Techniques
Developing Design Ideas

Curriculum Intent

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Fashion and Textiles

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