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Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Overview

In this experimental 10 week course, you will learn advanced printed textile design and surface pattern techniques and will develop upon the basic knowledge gained from the beginner course. You will be encouraged to design and develop a personal collection of designs on fabric and on paper using a variety of processes.

The main focus of the course will be to look at repeat pattern and to allow students to develop their own project and create a 2 colour repeating pattern using the techniques learnt. This course is led by Vicky Putler who is a co-founder of Thorody; a printed textiles brand stocked in high end stores such as Heals and featured in magazines such as Elle Decor, Country Living and Interiors.

Course Content

Week 1
The course will introduce the students to some practical screen printing and design techniques. The focus of the course will be to look at repeat pattern and to allow students to develop their own project and design and print a 2 colour repeating pattern using the techniques learnt. A brief look at simple to more complex ways of making a repeat pattern: spot repeats, tessellations, rotations, geometrics, florals. Throughout the course we will be looking at the following artists/designers: Sonia Delaunay, Josef Frank, Shirley Craven, William Morris, Thorody and others. Demonstration of a paper stencil cutting technique to make and print a repeating pattern. Using paper stencils students will make a repeating design and print it on to a tea towel.

Week 2
As a group we will look at students’ drawings and discuss. The aim this week is to make a test print from the drawings, to see how the media and marks translate into print, to see how different scales look/feel. Demonstration of coating a screen. Students coat their own screen and place in dryer. Student transfer their drawings onto tracing paper, we are not trying to make a repeating pattern at this stage. Demonstration of exposing a screen in the lightbox (sheet 1 handout). Students expose their own screens. Demonstration of washing out an exposed screen. Students washout their screens. Demonstration of making a print. Student make a print on to a piece of fabric (sheet 2 handout).

Week 3
Coating screens. Examine test prints, alter, correct, tweak, perfect. Re work artwork. Expose screens. Print.

Week 4
Project time

Week 5
Project time, you should be aiming to have complete a 1 colour printed length of your design

Week 6
Project time, develop a new design with 2 colours or continue to improve first design and add a second colour

Week 7
Project time

Week 8
Project time

Week 9
Project time you should be aiming to be complete a length of a design in 2 colours

Week 10
Finishing up, any extra printing. Discussion and feedback

Please note, the above course content should be viewed as a guide. The tutor may choose to alter content according to student needs.

Entry Requirements
Completion of the beginners short course in printed textiles or equivalent textiles printing experience is desirable but not essential.

Materials and Equipment
Demonstration or materials for experimentation will be provided free of charge but you may be required to purchase your own fabric in order to complete your personal creative projects.

Please wear old clothes/an overall or apron and strong, flat, closed-toe footwear. You should bring drawing tools, a sketchbook, a notepad, rubber gloves and an apron, if you have any empty plastic pots with lids please bring them in, e.g. yoghurt or soup pots.


Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Plymouth College of Art has temporarily closed its buildings until further notice to protect the health and safety of staff, students and visitors. For more information please click here.

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Modules

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Student Work

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Students Say

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Careers & Alumni

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Entry Requirements

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Resources

Printed Textile Design for Improvers — Interview

Course Code: 1314
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