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Textile Design

Welcome to the Department of Fashion & Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art.

The BA(Hons) Fashion Design and BA(Hons) Textile Design programmes create highly specialised subject experts in an ‘expert amongst experts’ environment which values the interactive, synergetic and ever evolving nature of Fashion Design and Textile Design.

Both programmes are delivered in the same studio, which is unique in Fashion and Textile education. By sitting next to each other, students soon recognize the interdependent characteristics of the two subject areas and value the experience and the creative opportunities it affords.

Also, in terms of cloth and clothing traditions, Scotland enjoys an evocative and distinguished history. Fair Isle, Shetland and Sanquhar knits, Turkey Red printed cloth, the Paisley, Harris Tweed, Ayrshire Whitework needlework and the Mackintosh raincoat are all instantly recognisable for their quality, integrity and supreme cottage industry skill or classic manufacturing and making techniques. This notion of quality, integrity and expert skill underpins the Fashion and Textile Design undergraduate programmes at the GSA.
Be safe, be well and enjoy,

Jimmy Stephen-Cran
Head of Department – Fashion and Textiles

Initial drawing work.

White on white drawings.

Colour Work.

Development using Merlin Pro Machine.

OBI stitch technique

Development Samples.

Multiple fabric layered sample.

Inspiration

Natural dyes and photographs of Canada

Photoshop Manipulations

Playing with the colours of nature.

Thread Wraps

Depicting colour combinations with thread wraps

Collected Materials

Work in Progress Exhibition

Display at the Work in Progress Exhibition in January and close ups of small frame weaving samples.

Ripsmatta Munkabelte Samples

Samples woven on a table loom.

Frame Weaving Samples

Samples woven on a frame with collected materials.

British Wool

Development weaving for the Bradford Textile Competition with British Wool

British Wool

Final sample sumbitted for the Bradford Textile Competion British Wool entry.

Handspun Wool

Larger sample woven with handspun wool.

Screen-printed Japanese cotton, hand-cut and bonded onto silk organza for a 3D effect.

Screen-printed Japanese cotton, hand-cut and bonded onto silk organza for a 3D effect.

3D zigzags created by manipulating screen-printed cotton.

Screen-printed and manipulated Japanese cotton.

Screen-printed and manipulated Japanese cotton.

Digitally printed bamboo with a repeat pattern inspired by Japanese woodwork and origami.

Katazome - a traditional Japanese dyeing technique which involves applying resist-paste through a hand-cut stencil.

Digitally printed silk habotai top, with original research drawing of Japanese tatami flooring.

Digitally printed silk habotai in contrasting patterns inspired by Japanese temple floors.

Digitally printed silk habotai with a 3D folded effect, inspired by origami.

Embroidery samples

Samples of Irish freehand machine embroidery and fabric manipulation

Primary Research

Experimenting with primary research photos printed onto acetate and overlaid to create rich colour and texture.

Drawings and Collages

A selection of drawings and collages using painted and found paper to translate my primary research.

Colour Research

A selection of my research into colour inspired from manipulating the acetate photo collages. The colour palettes attempt to translate the blurring and merging of colours in landscape.

White shadow work embroidery sample

A sample experimenting with the technique of shadow work on the digital embroidery machine. The design is inspired by rock formations in the Outer Hebrides.

Black shadow work embroidery sample

A sample experimenting with the technique of shadow work on the digital embroidery machine, in a different colour way.

Development samples of embroidery techniques

A selection of development samples exploring form and texture in landscape. Techniques such as shadow work, fabric manipulation and smocked sublimation print.

Exploring texture

Some samples exploring the abundance of moss textures in landscape.

Visualisations of samples as fashion garments

Visualisations of a range of samples imagined as statement sleeves of garments.

Irish freehand machine embroidery sample

A sample sewn on the Irish freehand machine exploring moss and lichen textures found on rocks in the Outer Hebrides.

Initial Imagery

Photography obtained from a research trip to the Isle of Staffa for the project’s primary inspiration.

Abstract Drawings

Ink and stick hand-drawn observations of the basalt columns. Focusing on the textures, layering and direction of line.

Initial Sampling

Initial sampling inspired by ink compositions. High contrast designs directly influenced by the vertical layering of the columns, alongside the hexagonal tops.

Padded Samples

Exploring a range of woven technical structures to achieve a padded, 3D finish ideal for upholstery.

Colour Research

Sketchbook pages exploring colour interaction inspired by Josef Albers.

Samples

Technical samples woven using a range of techniques including Digital Jacquard.

Naturally Pleated Fabrics

Competition entry showcasing naturally pleating samples inspired by the basalt columns. Both the basalt and the fabrics formed into 3D structures through their interaction with water.

Brushed Mohair Fabrics

Competition entry focusing on the soft mid-weight drape of the brushed mohair samples.

Virtual Visualisation Flipbook

Created with the intention of visualising samples produced throughout the year, as full-size fabrics in their intended contexts. Link in bio.

Collaborative Project

Producing final commercial products for the three bedrooms at Bed and Breakfast View At 142, Mumbles, Swansea.

Research

Research produced using microscopy and collected insect specimens

Drawing and Development 1

Drawing and colour work with samples

DRAWING AND DEVELOPMENT 2

Drawing and colour work with samples

DRAWING AND DEVELOPMENT 3

Drawing and colour work with samples

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Drawing and colour work with sample

Visualisation 1

Final sample visualised in a contemporary fashion context

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Final sample visualised in a contemporary fashion context

Visualisation 3

Final sample visualised in a contemporary fashion context

Visualisation 4

Final sample visualised in a contemporary fashion context

Visualisation 5

Final sample visualised in a contemporary fashion context

Colour Palettes 1

Colour palettes 2

Sketchbook 1

Sketchbook 2

Sketchbook 3

Agag’s Groove V Diff

Agag’s Groove V Diff Visulisation

Top > bottom, The Gordian Knot VS 4c, The Naked Edge 5.11b, Comes the Dervish E3 5c

Karma Chameleon E4

The Full Nine Llaths 5a

Primary reseach

Exploration of shadows using 3D drawings

Development sampling

Development sampling

Embellished samples

Sample visulisation

Sample visulisation

Pleated sample

Pleated sample

Journey

Process composition

Daytrippers

Samples visualised within a fashion context

Hue

Colour sequencing exploration

Stay in the shade

Samples visualised within a fashion context

Motion

Jacquard woven fabric simulation

Take a seat

Samples visualised within an interior context

Hung out to dry

A series of jacquard woven fabric simulations

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A1 Print

Sketchbook Pages

Anorak Visualisation

A1 Print

Paper Drawings

Youth Visualisation

A1 Print

Digital Collages

Jogger Visualisations

Print Manipulation on Technical Fabric