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Multi coloured textiles and fabrics

Textile Decoration - City and Guilds Level 1 Award

Day of week:
Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Tonbridge
Level 1
09:30 - 13:30
8 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to create individual fabric pieces for a variety of uses ranging from fashion and soft furnishings to embroidery and textile art.
During the course you will be shown how to create your own designs before using a wide range of fabrics, mediums and techniques to produce surface decoration and embellishment. Techniques will include dyeing, stencilling, block printing, batik, image transfer, stitch and manipulation in addition to beading and other forms of applied decoration.
The course provides a structured learning process leading to a City and Guilds level 1 qualification. Through a combination of group discussion and instruction, demonstrations, practical tasks and individual support during the class you will be encouraged to complete a portfolio of decorated samples for assessment. You will be expected to research a variety of design sources to inspire their samples and to explore the work of professional practitioners as inspiration for creative expression. A degree of commitment and homework is expected and samples need to be documented and presented appropriately.

This course will run for 8 Tuesdays through the academic year these include: 19.10.21, 09.11.21, 23,11,21, 18.01.22, 01,02,22, 22.02.22.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Kelly Christmas

Kelly Allen is a creative Print Designer and Senior Lecturer. Kelly has an MA in Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art and studied her degree in Fashion and Textiles at Ravensbourne.

Kelly is fascinated with using fashion as a vehicle for artistic expression because it enables her to translate her interests in the aesthetics of drawing and painting which she believes are fundamental in the development of designing for printed textiles. Her sophisticated drawings are translated directly into engineered and repeat prints via screen printing and digital processes, and have evidently become the core to all her creativity towards print for fashion and interiors. Consequently, Kelly's work crosses the boundaries between art, textile and fashion and as a result can be labelled as 'wearable art'.

Kelly has worked as a print designer in commercial and high end fashion, as a freelance print designer and as a Senior Lecturer in Printed Textiles at Bournemouth Arts University and The University of Northampton. Her practice and research can be seen at

View all courses taught by Kelly Christmas here

How will I be taught?

City and Guilds courses provide an opportunity for you to learn and develop, design, skills, techniques and to acquire an understanding of a specific craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, instructions, one to one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques to explain the work to you. City and Guilds provide its students with simple tracking sheets to review units to be completed.
At the end of the course you will be expected to complete all the aims of the learning plans:
Successfully demonstrate Design/ Techniques/Skills relevant to the subject,
Show application of Design/ Techniques/Skills,
Use the work of others to inspire your own work,
and demonstrate an understanding of Health and Safety relevant to the subject
You will need to look at the work of other craftspeople and keep a sketchbook/notebook to record goals, ideas, processes and progress.
Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.

What do I need to bring with me?

As the course progresses you will need to acquire certain materials. These will be discussed in class and will be decided by your interpretation of the brief but will include the following:
Basic art materials such as a sketch book,
Folders for presentation of samples as well as a range of pens and pencils,
Sewing kit,
Fabric for samples,
and small amounts of specialist materials such as water soluble fabric.
As with all our course please do not buy anything until you are sure the course is running. The tutor will advise on all purchases and products at the first session but please bring a pencil and notebook as well as a basic sewing kit to the first session and your sewing machine of you have one.

What can I do next?

Further City and Guilds or Textile courses with us or one of our many shorter Craft courses.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome on the course who has an interest in working in fabric and enjoys being creative, you can be a complete beginner or have some experience of working in fabric.

All our Art courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity. If you need to bring a carer with you, or be accompanied by another person, please ask to speak with someone at one of the centres before you enrol.
Please contact one of the Craft Team who will be able to make sure this is the right course for you.

Getting to your course

Find us

Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TON/108434/K/FF.