Fashion, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, textile installation.
Students investigate a variety of textile methods such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery). With this students develop an awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition and look at the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief.
This Autumn 2019, textile artist Francesca Baur brought her unique natural hand-printed textiles to Rochester Art Gallery as the culmination of a year-long project supported by Arts Council England. Whitstable-based Francesca’s trademark, eco-friendly local textiles, employ traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to seasonal foraging and making natural plant dyes. Francesca was educated at Middlesex and Goldsmiths and has taught A level and GCSE textiles at RIC since 2018.