Textile design involves the creation of textiles across a variety of practices. The tools used in textiles are wide ranging, including traditional hand crafts and computer-aided technology. Natural and manufactured materials including paper, wire, tissue, gauze, plastics, re-cycled packaging and cloths, silk, wool, cotton, polyester and hessian are used in all aspects of design in fashion, furnishing and fine art. In the context of this A Level, disciplines include constructed textiles, dyed textiles, printed textiles, fine art textiles, costume and fashion textiles. Pupils will be required to work in one or more of these disciplines.
Pupils must have attained at least an A grade at GCSE level in Art (Fine Art, Textiles or Photography). Good drawing skills are desirable, coupled with a willingness to experiment with different media and ideas. Commitment, imagination, determination and the ability to work independently are also pre-requisites of the course. Many pupils take both Art Textiles and the History of Art at A Level with a view to undertaking a further course of Art related study.
Potential careers in Art Textiles are many and varied including: fashion design (textiles and couture), fashion illustration, pattern cutter, womenswear/ menswear/ childrenswear designer, knitwear designer, footwear designer, fashion buyer or merchandiser, fashion trend predictor, museum or gallery curator, fashion editor, teaching or lecturing in fashion and textiles.