Introduction to digitally printed textiles
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX440
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learn how to create, prepare and digitally print your own textile designs working from our digital lab. Digital printing lends itself well to highly detailed design work with less colour limitations and water consumption creating more distinctive design work. This course aims to introduce you to what is possible in digital textile design.
What will we cover?
On this beginners course you will be taught in the digital lab and shown the different tools and technology that can be utilized to create digital textile designs. Digital textile printing lends itself well to highly detailed textile work with less colour limitations with minimal manpower and water usage. You will finish the course with a selection of designs saved and prepared for printing.There will be a practical demonstration of the sublimation process so you can print a small selection of samples to complete the course.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop designs using adobe Illustrator/photoshop
- Design patterns for digital textile printing
- Learn how to prepare your design correctly for printing
- Experience a sublimation printing example
- (We will choose one image as a group, print it and transfer it to three different textiles using the heat press)
- Print a maximum of 2 designs created on this introductory course.
It is possible to print more designs for an additional cost.Details on how you can access the service will be provided during the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- This is an introduction into digital textile design for print using Adobe Illustrator
- You must be able to navigate around the workspace of the programme
- Be comfortable using the pen tool or pencil tool.
- Able to draw and create a basic motif in Illustrator.
- Save files and work confidently.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac or MacBook computers in Digital arts for textile design.
This course is for textile students, artists and designers who already have ideas on paper and want to transform them to digital but are beginners in digital textile printing
If you are unsure of your level then please contact visual arts the textiles coordinator can advise you.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including, short presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises,
tutorials, group and individual assistance and handouts. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal
instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group
discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
You may be set some homework to do between the classes to develop your designs and drawings.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a USB memory stick to save your work on and take home. A suggested size is 16GB USB memory stick although bigger is helpful for storing files. Then you can develop your body of work anywhere. Bring
your ideas and inspiration, sketchbook or photos you will draw and design from. Ideally on the USB or on your
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of textile courses that use Photoshop and/or Illustrator to further develop your digital work such as Illustrator for textile design I, Designing textiles using Photoshop and Laser cutting for textiles.City Lit also runs classes in printed and constructed textiles. Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.
Suk Han LEEs original print designs have been used by many international fashion brands and retailers such as Halston, Calvin Klein, Whistles, Reiss, KIN by John Lewis, ASOS and Sweaty Betty. She launched new print collections twice a year at Premiere Vision in Paris and worked closely with sales representatives in US and Australia over many years. One of her most recognisible prints in the UK was for a Whistles dress which was worn by Kim Sears while she was attending Andy Murray's winning match during the London Olympics. That particular dress sold out instantly that afternoon! Suk Han LEE graduated with an MA in Fashion Womenswear from the Royal College of Art. She set up her own design studio to pursue her passion not only in print design, but also to explore ideas in sustainable wellness projects.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.