Learn various methods of fabric surface design by adding color and design on a variety of fabrics!
Explore the limitless, often beautiful, ways that dying, painting and sewing techniques will change the surface of fabrics.
Each day will include a demonstration of the topic being discussed, followed by you planning and creating designs, and then you create your unique fabric design.
Learn about a variety of techniques including: dying, staining, discharging color, using resists, printing and transfer, fabric manipulation and combinations of all of them.
You will be able to combine your creativity with ancient techniques, modern materials, and whatever styles that interest you.
This course is part of Seattle Central College's fabulous Apparel Design and Development program in the renowned Creative Arts and Design department.
Topics covered include:
- DYEING AND STAINING FABRIC
Natural organic dyes – Packaged Rit dye (100% cellulosic fiber)
Tie-dye – rubber bands, needle and nylon thread, ombre technique
Rusty objects used to print on vinegar or salt soaked fabric
- DISCHARGING COLOR AND USING RESISTS
Batik and variations of such
- PRINTING AND TRANSFER
Block printing - Multi-colored block printing
Stencil bleaching – Bleach sprayed on a variety of fabrics using various “stencils”
- FABRIC MANIPULATION
- COMBINING TECHNIQUE
Please see textbooks and supplies for this class.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Apply design principles and elements to create surface designs on a variety of fabrics
- Sketch the planned design and make modifications prior to printing or coloring fabrics
- Identify appropriate surface design techniques and dyes for particular fibers being used
- Recognize and develop continuous fabric design vs. a singular piece of art
- Apply textile knowledge to the appropriate end use
Who Should Take this Class?
- Anyone interested in learning about surface design on fabrics
- Current apparel and fashion students interested in textile design
- Artists interested in exploring a new medium
- Students interested in proportion and scale found in textile design