Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes

Course Level: 1 (HE4) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


This unit will start with an introduction into how artists and designers use internal and external worlds as a resource for creative ideas. The students will be led through a series of examples demonstrating how artists research and record information which they later translate into their art.

This will lead onto the students choosing an area of interest that they will study in depth during the course. This will be achieved through collection and investigation methods, including photography, drawing and mark making. A range of drawing and mark making techniques will be explained so that the student will be able to form their own interesting surfaces. From these preliminary drawing exercises the students will be taken through using collage, print, painting and stitch techniques to develop ideas and translate the work into textiles.

Throughout the course the students will record and evaluate their own progress by means of a learning log/blog, therefore advancing skills in analysis and critical thinking.

During this unit the students will write a critical essay based on research they will have conducted into a specific number of textile artists and designers. They will be looking at how these artists generate ideas and the processes used to translate the ideas into art works/ designs. The students will analyse the effectiveness of the methods and consider how these practices may impact on their work.

Finally the students will create a group of final pieces between A1 and A2 in size to demonstrate the skills and expertise they have learnt throughout this unit.


The aims of this unit are:

  • develop an understanding of the creative process
  • explore a range of approaches to drawing and mark making
  • introduce textiles techniques that generate texture, tone, composition and line
  • establish basic skills in research, analysis and critical writing
  • to develop skills in recording and evaluating personal progress.


On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • establish skills in generating ideas through drawing and mark making
  • demonstrate a creative use of a broad spectrum of textile techniques
  • use methods of research to inspire creativity and broaden knowledge
  • write with an elemental understanding of the creative process
  • competently reflect and analyse own personal development and creativity.

Course content

  • The development of an understanding of the creative process
  • Research as a bases for creativity
  • Research to broaden understanding and knowledge
  • Drawing and mark making to generate ideas
  • Translating preliminary drawings into textile samples
  • Recording and evaluating own progress

Unit Leader

Sandra Flower

Unit Leader for Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes

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“My background is in Fine Art Textiles and I graduated with an MA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2005. My work is often site-specific, but I also exhibit in gallery spaces too, and I work primarily with textiles and photography…”

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