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Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop Create a Sketchbook (Chiswick)

Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop: Create a Sketchbook (Chiswick)

Sat Apr 17, 2021

Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop: Create a Sketchbook (Chiswick)

Time Sat Apr 17 2021 at 09:30 am to 03:30 pm

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Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, United Kingdom

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Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop: Create a Sketchbook (Chiswick), 17 April | Event in Chiswick | Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop: Create a Sketchbook (Chiswick)
Make your own Constructed Techniques Sketchbook

An Exciting Practical Course for Teachers of GCSE & A Level Textiles for both Art & Design and D&T.This is a totally practical day making a techniques sketch book, that can be used in the classroom by students of GCSE & A Level.

This course is aimed at Textile and Art teachers who are either new to teaching GCSE/A Level or those who want to add to their resources by spending a whole day creating a constructed techniques resource sketch book or a practical classroom wall poster. We will also link the techniques to relevant artists and designers and schemes of work (and how they can be used in fashion outcomes).

Previous attendees will get the opportunity to learn and practice new skills and further develop fresh, innovative ideas. (NB Please contact before booking if attended previous courses)

Learn and practice new and exciting practical skills that will enhance your teaching

Develop learning from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.

Techniques: for example; American smocking, Heat Shibori, Mexican pleats, Shadow folds, Shirring and many more.

What to expect on the day:

Learn, practice and make a range of new and exciting constructed techniques by both machine and hand

How to link these constructed techniques to relevant artists and designers

How to link these constructed techniques to schemes of work

How this can be used by learners independently in the classroom

Understand how to develop knowledge of constructed techniques from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.

How to take these constructed techniques forward in the design process

Link these constructed techniques to refined ideas for final outcomes

How to use these ideas in a sketch book or poster

Creative ways to illustrate these techniques

Links to KS4 Art & design Specifications:‘students will be able to contextualize their research and ideas, drawing inspiration from artists and designers. Students will also evaluate the art, craft and design they study, and develop an appreciation of the impact it has on their own work and that of others.’


What you take back to school:

A fabulous sketchbook jammed packed with samples, ideas and inspiration

Great, achievable ideas to enhance your teaching

Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.

An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice.

Make secure decisions and save time with gained knowledge and experience.

Plan the future with confidence.

Continued professional development.


2016 GCSE Grades: 52% of students achieved A-A*2015 & 2016 A Level Grades 100% A*2017 - A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A*

Moderators comments:

“Textiles candidates personal portfolios were brimming with ideas, experiments and references to textile and fashion designers as well as fine artists. Overall the submission was expceptional in the engagment and industry and imaginative use of materials'. 

'In Textiles, the standard of the work was outstanding…The course structure was strong. Finished pieces were often exciting and innovative. The individuality of the candidates was clearly seen in the diversity of colours, styles and techniques carefully annotated in work books and then displayed in the final outcomes.”“The course gave candidates a very strong framework on which to build a response to the theme. Ideas were developed showing depth and thought so that the work of the highest achieving candidates was original, creative and in-depth.” 

YOUR PRESENTER:    Nicky Simpson  BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles

Nicky has been a Textile and Fashion consultant for the Textile Skills Academy for 5? years now, she also works as a contemporary textile artist, her artwork combines all things textural, she likes to craft with a heat press featuring both machine and hand embroidery, delivering tutorials in her small studio. Nicky’s initial career was in the fashion industry working for 22 years in the heart of London as a print designer and colourist. She worked for a French mill based in Lyon and went on to create seasonal fashion print collections, buying and redesigning archive prints. Nicky designed for all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island. 

Nicky’s second career was in teaching as Head of Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls in Kent. She has taught Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, AQA Design and Technology/Textiles at A Level and GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Fashion. Her last set of grades were:  A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B).

Nicky has mentored many graduate trainees, taken workshops at the Knitting & Stitching show, volunteers as an art therapist and now presents the workshops to fellow Textile and Art teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Academy.


'Having been to one of Nicky's workshops, I used one of her lessons and received an 'Outstanding' observation.' Amy H.

'Superb day - so inspirational! So much covered and a LOT of new skills learnt. Thanks!!' Jessie L.

'Loads of info which was GREAT. All really useful & relevant. Brilliant starting point for newish Art & Design teacher. Thank you so much.' Rebecca F.

'Fabulous presenter. Gave loads + loads of information and ideas. I feel really inspired! Loved the practical samples we did. Would highly recommend!' Wendy P.

'A great course with lots of hands-on sampling. Great idea to hold it in a school which is much more realistic than an outside venue, gives ideas on taking creative inspiration back to the classroom'.

'Fantastic day, really useful and applicable to both Art and D&T subjects. Thanks!'

(Previous attendee loyalty concession available (please email for details)


All of the Textile Skills Academy events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Textiles Skills Academy uses Eventbrite to automate the bookings via credit card and cheque/BACS. When you book you will receive by email a tax invoice/receipt. 

PLEASE NOTE your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder. Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on. 

SKETCHBOOK: At booking you are also given the opportunity to purchase a sketchbook to start filling on the day. The sketchbook is 12"x12", black, ring bound and with ribbon ties to keep all those samples in. The price is £6 and can also be bought on the day, or you can bring your own.

If you have any queries, please ask via the Eventbrite site messaging, and leave your phone number or email so that we can contact you easily.

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