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Exploring Textile Design and Print

This introductory course is an exploration of bespoke textile design, pattern and print-making, learning through a hands-on creative process on multiple surfaces, such as fabric and paper. Through practicing and observation of older and new trends, you will learn about the principles of composition, the meaning of scale, the use of colour and shapes and how to develop different types of repeat patterns.

Course overview


Spring term
Monday 24 January – Monday 28 March 2022

10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00


Tereza Tzelepaki



Course details

You will collect inspiration from shapes and objects found all around you (materials, found objects, photographs), and be encouraged to use your own drawings in your work. You will be guided through the process of designing your own repeat patterns, learning about colour theory, creating your own colour palette and mastering the techniques of using textile inks for printing.

Your ideas will be brought to life through the exploration of hand printing techniques such as lino block printing, relief printing and silk screen printing. There is the opportunity to produce crafted retail products which can be based upon sustainability using techniques that you can then practice at home – by decorating ready-made products such as furnishing covers, tea towels, T-shirts, bags, lampshades, handmade wallpapers, scarves, table linens and so on. Alternatively, you can practice and develop your printmaking skills creating a selection of your own fabric samples. Whichever finished product or idea you choose to explore, you will develop your knowledge and practical skills in creating aspirational homeware, decorated objects, furnishings and illustrated goods.

  • Basic lino block, relief and silkscreen printing techniques
  • Pattern and hand printing theory and inspiration
  • Pattern drawing, structure and planning
  • Sourcing fabrics and printing materials
  • Fabric classification
  • Stencils
  • Design and creation of artwork for stencils
  • Experiment with overprinting and manipulation
  • Colour theory, colour palette development and ink mixing

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  • To increase your understanding, skills and creative potential
  • Provide you with an in-depth understanding into pattern design and printing on fabric processes
  • Enable you to develop your own creative style using various printing techniques
  • Develop your understanding of how to work effectively and safely expanding your knowledge on theoretical and practical matters related to fabric printing
  • Enhance your inspiration by learning different ways of developing a composition/pattern, creating the right design depending on the project, choosing the right colours and learning the importance of different types of surfaces

  • Students who complete the course will have sufficient level of skills and knowledge to be able to continue their own pattern development and hand-printing practice
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

The course is aimed at students who have little or no previous experience, or may have some experience and wish to develop their knowledge with lots of practical hands-on experience.

Materials for Week 1:

  • Set of rulers
  • Aprons
  • Sketch book
  • Notebook
  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • sharpener

Materials for the rest of the course:

  • linoleum (lino) blocks
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scraps for practicing; to print on
  • Aprons
  • Sketch book
  • Notebook
  • 2-3 clean (300gr-450gr) jam jars with lids
  • A thick towel
  • Stencil card
  • 2-3 jam jars with lids
  • 1-2 acetate sheet(s) A3

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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