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Saturday, 19 June 2010


Unit 1 - Bodice project

Presentation boards

Emma Milburn

Nicole Dixon

Jessica Brown

Daniel Bowes

Jessica Mckay

Katherine Anderson

Katie Rimington

Chloe Watson

Rebekha Fenwick

Emily Davidson

Unit 2

Katherine Anderson

Katie Rimington

Jessica Mckay

Erin Smith

Chloe Watson

Rebekha Fenwick

Jessica Brown

Nicole Dixon

Emma Milburn

Emily Davidson

Katie Rimington

Daniel Bowes

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Trend Bibles trend predictions for the Textiles and Craft Industry

Take a look at this link. The Trend Compapy -'s Review of the Trend Fair "The British Trade Craft Fair' for some inspirational ideas and links.
Rachel Coleman's designs certainly interested me and inspired me to take a look at her website -

Monday, 19 April 2010

Examination timetable

Reminder - Dates for your Diary

Examination timetable for Textiles Design
Wed P1-3 28th April
Fri P3-4 30th April
Wed P1-3 5th May

This includes preparation time. All materials you require must be on site prior to your exam commencement slots.

The materials and resource sheet must be finished and submitted for Friday 23rd of April.

Research / development idea

Organic / Surfaces may wish to look at this recent blog update:

AS Textiles Year 12 Midpoint Peer Review
You will be Peer assesing another member of the group and feeding back to them in the following lesson. The areas you will be expected to look at will be:

Strengths of sketchbook work (link to assessment objectives – Updates available on blog)
· AO1 -
· AO2 -
· AO3 -
· AO4 –
Improvement strategies (link to assessment objectives – Updates available on blog)
· Inspiration focus
· Fabric / manipulation considerations
· Additional comments

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Assesment objectives - recap

Assessment of your work - Peer Assessment task

Review the Assesment material below before progressing with your Peer assesment task that will be requested of you on your first session back after Easter.

Overview -

Although many of the assessment objectives overlap, the outline may help you understand the marking procedure more effectively. Please use this whilst conducting your peer assessment.
  • AO1 looks at how well you carry out your initial research - the areas and sources you use as part of your research strategies
  • AO2 looks at extending your research - your personal interpretation - how you have developed your own response to research in the form of drawings, sketches, media experimentation and fabric samples
  • AO3 looks at developing your ideas - sampling, external work and extended fabric sampling
  • AO4 Looks at your Outcomes - how well you have personally responded to the project as a whole. You may not be able to fully respond to this Assesment objective in your Peer Assesment task at this stage.
General Assessment objectives
Grid of Assessment of objectives with marking breakdown - This is how you will be marked for Unit 2.

Recap on review session

A reminder of what we were looking at during the last session of the term - Have you / Are you going to cover all these areas in your Unit of work.

Remember, in order to achieve a worthy grade, you should be.

If you have not, how will you ensure you can?
Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills,
as defined in Section 3.5 of this specification, in the
context of their chosen area(s) of Textile Design.
Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in all
of the following:
• awareness of the elements of Textile Design,
such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony,
contrast and/or repetition
• appreciation of the relationship of form and
function and, where applicable, the constraints of
working to a brief
• understanding of a variety of textile methods, such
as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing
and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying,
transfer and fabric construction and stitching
(appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or

Knowledge and Understanding

Candidates must show knowledge and
understanding of:
• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be
conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
created in the chosen area(s) of Textile Design
• historical and contemporary developments and
different styles and genres
• how images and artefacts relate to social,
environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts,
and to the time and place in which they were
• continuity and change in different styles, genres
and traditions relevant to Textile Design
• the working vocabulary and specialist terminology
which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Textile

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Cover work Tues 23rd March

In Miss Dodd's absence, can you please ensure that you are progressing with Textile sampling in lesson and sketchbook development and refinement independently for homework. You should have a good body of textiles samples for peer reflection tomorrow in my lesson - remember I said approximately 20, but these should be considered of quality, rather than quantity, you have had 10 hours to develop these and your work should reflect this time allocation.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Student blog updates - Unit 2

Student Blog Updates

Having looked at your recorded information on your blog, some of you still need to update blogspots. Well done those of you who have recently updated successfully. Those of you who need to update fully, please do so before Friday 19th March as requested.

Early March review - Unit 2

You should have, to date, the following:

Initial stages - Friday 5th March
  • The question you are investigating
  • A series of research and development pages in your sketch book
  • Investigation into a series of Artists that may be inspiring your work
  • Clear links made from Artists into your own work
  • The initial development of outcomes in sketchbook that respond to your artists, peer feedback and your own research
  • A piece of work, external to your sketchbook that reflects your project as of Friday 5th March
Developmental stage - Friday 19th March
  • Peer feedback recorded in sketchbook in an interesting manner
  • Extensive visual and developmental discussion as to how your work is progressing via your blogspot as of Friday 12th March
  • A Series of responses / developmental processes to your external piece of work evident in sketchbook
  • A minimum of two pieces of work, external to your sketchbook that reflects your project as it is developing as of Friday 12th March
  • A suggested framework for progression submitted following external work handed in to teacher as of Tues 16th March
Outcome 1 - Friday 19th March - Developmental stage of sketchbook
You will be submitting for Initial assessment the following:
  1. Your sketchbook to date, to include:
  • Research section
  • Primary photography
  • Sketches
  • Illustrations
  • Mixed media representation
  • Extended Textile experimentation / sampling
  • Any other development strategies appropriate to your project
2. Your Minimum of three external pieces of work in appropriate media

Friday, 12 February 2010

Unit 2 Research - Initial stages

For Wednesday the 24th of Feburary you should have addressed the inital stages of research for your Controlled Assesment:

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Unit 2 - Post Presentation class discussion

Katie - Title - Surfaces
Key Issues investigated -
  • Surfaces
  • Land
  • Landscapes
  • Emotion
  • Mood
  • Texture
  • Graffiti
  • Vandalised surfaces
  • Man-Made surfaces
  • Medical Surfaces
Class discussed action / Investigation
  • The Boyle Family
  • Jenny Saville
  • Damien Hirst - Split Cow, Pharmacy (Currently at the Baltic till 7th March- Primary source)
  • Knit 2 - Crafts Council
  • Guerrilla Knitting
  • Skin grafts, Stitches, bruises, anesthetic, Plastic Surgery
  • Autopsy, Operation
  • Mummification, Embalming
  • Designers - Helmut Lang, Alexander Mcqueen

Daniel - Title - Surfaces
Key Issues investigated -
  • Cristo - Wrapping buildings
  • World surfaces
  • Claire Coyles
  • Kathleen & Mcflarlen
  • WW2 - Make do and mend
  • Growth and decay
  • Weaving, crochet, knitting, stitching
  • Yuayana Wantabe
Class discussed action / Investigation
  • Issey Miyake
  • Natural Dyeing
  • Skin & bones
  • Animal, vegetable, mineral
  • Take for granted - wrapping - makes inquisitive
  • Wrapping up electrical
  • Visual response to wrapping / constraint
  • Shadows
  • Resources - coal, oil, gas, what would life be like without
  • Dark colours - future bleak if we continue as we are in the surface of our life / world

Kat - Title - Organic

Key issues investigated -
  • Georgia Okeefe
  • Laura Ashley
  • Worms eye view
  • Baby
  • fetus
Class discussed progression / investigation
  • Fetal development - Organic at birth?
  • Innocence
  • How a child sees the world
  • Black and White
  • Small
  • Life cycle of organic forms

Emma - Title - Organic

Key issues investigated -
  • New life
  • Green
  • Farms
  • Recycling
  • World - we need to look after it
  • Richard Long - Sculptor - works with nature
  • Going Nowhere
  • Claudia & Monica Araujo - Textiles
Class discussed progression / investigation
  • Farm animals
  • Going nowhere...
  • Non machinery - Organic sewing, production
  • Find alternative methods
  • "Walked in a straight line in a grassy field following his own path, made his own unique route"
  • Hand print / moulds
  • Mud huts
  • House - organic life
  • Pestle and mortar

  • Erin - Title - Surfaces
    Key issues investigated -
  • The changing surface of our world with seasons
  • Seasons
  • Rebecca Potts - Climate change
  • Carolyn Saxby - Distressing
  • Global warming
  • Class discussed progression / investigation
  • Nature during seasonal changes
  • Life affected by climate change / seasons
  • Floods
  • Skin
  • Body changes
  • Covering man-made surfaces with nature - vegetables, herbs etc

Rebecka - Title - Embellishment

Key Issues investigated -
  • Theatre
  • Art Deco
  • Coco Channel
  • Jazz
  • Flappers
Class discussed progression / investigation
  • Silent films
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Books - The Great Gatsby
  • Russian Ballet / Gymnastics
  • Madame Pompadour
  • Can Can
  • 1920 dances
  • Charleston
  • Look at Designers / Textile Artists

Emily - Title - Embellishment
  • Italy
  • Masquerade ball
  • Venice
  • Pompeii
  • Mafia
  • Religion
  • Saints
  • Artists - Botticelli - Michaelangelo - Donatello
  • Designers - Cavalli, Missoni, Pucci
Class discussed action / Investigation
  • Venice - Connection of Islands
  • Tapestries
  • Laing Art Gallery
  • Mafia / Religion
  • Burned Cities
  • Masks - Religion / Hide
  • Response to 'hiding / masking' yourself
  • Masquerade / religion

Jess M - Title - Organic
  • Chloe / Hussain Chalyan
  • Georgia O'Keefe
  • White
  • Natural
  • Natural printing
Class discussed action / Investigation
  • Define organic and extend visually
  • Source 'organic' primary research
  • Processes
  • Recycle
  • Investigate Contemporary Textile designers

Chloe - Title - Embellishment
  • Restoration
  • Rome - Culture & Fashion
  • Divinci
  • Alexander Mcqueen
Class discussed action / Investigation
  • Roman / Greek Mythology
  • Myths
  • Lanchester
  • Religion
  • Investigate Textile Artists

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Unit 2 Assignment

You have been provided with your Unit 2 assignment topics. You must Select one of the questions from below to commence your investigations for this Unit.

Initial tasks
  1. Produce a spiderdiagram of initial thoughts processes for the questions that you find worth pursuing
  2. Selecting a maximum of two questions, produce a short visual presentation that investigates the following:
  • Theme exploration
  • Influences
  • Key issues and trends
  • Traditional or contemporary Artists and Designers that have explored the theme you are considering
  • Fashion / Textiles Artists that have explored / been inspired by the theme you hare considering
  • End Products that may have been influenced by the theme you are considering
  • Any other areas that you feel are relevant to the theme you are considering

Quick think - Which Question may have inspired the following works?