Learn to print textiles digitally
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VX299
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course is ideal for beginners who interested in exploring pattern, colour and images to be transferred onto a personalised sample to take away to make a pocket square, napkin or a small scarf. You will learn how to develop your own visual ideas using scanning, drawing and collage techniques, plus step-by-step instructions on how to use basic functions in Photoshop. You will work on a project of your choice, relating to your own favoured theme, with guidance from the tutor. As this is a short and intensive course, you will need to arrive prepared on your first session with a selection of images / photos / drawings / ideas to work with to enable you to be able to work with your own designs.
What will we cover?
- Developing designs by hand using collage techniques
- Scanning and downloading images
- Experimenting with photos /scanned artwork / drawings / paintings / textiles
- Basic image manipulation with Photoshop
- File management and saving of digital designs
- Printing possibilities of textiles - on paper and cloth
- Using a heat press to transfer your final image onto fabric.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce a range of textile designs suitable for printing onto a scarf.
- Produce evidence of image and design research and design development
- Use Photoshop confidently for colour management, scanning and printing
- Be able to save your work digitally for future development
- Produce some designs as prints on paper & fabric
- Transfer images with a heat press.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is at introductory level, beginners are welcome however you should be confident in using a computer. Working in Photoshop, you will develop your ideas using tutor-guided instructions. If you have some knowledge of the software, you can work at your own level.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged. You will be taught through visual and technical demonstrations and supporting handouts, samples and visual inspiration, short lectures, practical exercises, group tutorials and one to one support.
You will be given weekly homework tasks and are encouraged to practice on Photoshop where possible and develop designs between classes. Please note this course uses Apple Mac computers.
This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc. and may be asked to complete learner progress records. You can find help via the student help centre on the City Lit website.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will have access to basic tools and materials as part of this course. You will also need:
- A collection of personal objects and or images as inspiration to work from. For example, magazine cutouts, personal mementos, photographs etc.
- A USB with 4gb storage where you can save artwork and digital files.
- A Sketchbook.
- You may need a folio for your finished work.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The techniques learnt on this course can to be translated into a variety of textile outcomes. There are a range of classes in Contemporary Textiles and Crafts where you can explore the possibilities. Please browse the website to view our upcoming courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is also available from the Student Centre and Library from Monday to Friday 12:00-14:00 then 16:00-18:00.
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.