DESIGN – TEXTILE DESIGN

Numerous creative processes and products are used in the textile industry. In teaching textile design, it is important to make learners aware of all these processes and products. In this course, printing processes such as lino, stencil and screen printing are analysed through practical applications. Furthermore a range of techniques such as felt making is used to embellish the textile products. The importance of drawing and sketching skills is underlined and learners are taught to draw with sensitive and accurate observation. An aesthetic conscience is grown with which learners can evaluate various standards. Current design trends are analysed and practical situations, such as interior decorating are used to demonstrate the application of the subject.

Grade 10: Learners are introduced to the formal elements of art and the principles of design. This basic knowledge is used in basic surface-application techniques such as potato printing, felting, hand painting and collage techniques.

Grade 11: Learners are expected to apply the techniques learned in Grade 10 in combination with the theoretical context, and a more advanced approach to surface decoration is expected.

Grade 12: Learners are expected to display more individuality and advanced skills in the application of the techniques employed for specific projects.