Future Makers - Textiles by new and emerging makers

BA Textiles for Fashion and Interiors course, UCA, Farnham

11 22 July 2017

An exhibition in collaboration with Contemporary Applied Arts and UCA Farnham

The work of our students and graduates combines highly skilled techniques with an interesting visual language. At the heart of the course is our experienced teaching team made up of practicing makers, designers, artists and consultants. Together we create a forward thinking community of textile developers, artists and designers with an entrepreneurial outlook.

We value discovery and experimentation through making and research in areas that combine tradition and innovation. High-end craftsmanship is at the core of our course. We are recognised for producing creative textiles for art, architecture, fashion and interiors.

Featuring work by: Course leader Sharon Ting (CAA member maker), and Academics Diana Harrison, Sue Hartree and  Jennifer Shellard (CAA member maker), Head Print Technician Joanna Hayward, 2017 graduates Natasha Bowler, Evie Francis, Jasmin Javed, Iola Pearson, Lily Walker and Jennifer Wade, and 2016 Alumni Laura Gibbins, Chantelle Simmons and Jessica Smith.

Sharon Ting, Course Leader

Iola Pearson, 2017 graduate

Evie Francis, 2017 graduate

Diana Harrison, Academic

Jennifer Wade, 2017 graduate

Jessica Smith, 2016 graduate

Course Specification (an overview):
Industry places a constant demand for textiles to perform beyond the familiar range of functions and aesthetics; the course develops design skills and creative ambition to challenge perception and push boundaries.

The course framework facilitates a holistic experience with inter-connected, incremental stages. Year 1 introduces basic skills and subject practice processes, year 2 explores creative practice exercising acquired knowledge and skills, and year 3 develops an individual design identity and professional portfolio.  The focus of responsibility shifts from staff team to student with each level, promoting an increasingly individual and independent approach. Students are equipped with tools and strategies to navigate each stage and between stages as necessary, including tools for research, analysis, understanding of human values and international culture, creative thinking, workshop practice, material processes and technology, digital technologies, commercial practice, communication and presentation, teamwork, self-directed and continuous learning and critical reflection. With a clear understanding of making, materials and manufacture, students are able to influence change.



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