In the textiles program there is an emphasis on developing skills and a high level of proficiency within a diverse range of techniques. You will have the opportunity to engage in many areas of study, including weaving, felting, dyeing, screen printing and pattern drafting.
Our textile program is designed to cultivate an environment of creative problem solving and thinking in conjunction with hands on studio work in order for the student to become efficient creative makers in their chosen field of textiles.
Starting Fall 2021, the Textile Arts studio will launch a new eight-month certificate running from September to April.
- Dye Technology
- Textile Construction and Pattern Drafting
- Surface and Structure
- Textile Specific Design
- Surface and Structure
- Printing on Cloth
- Production and Product Development
Our textile program is designed to cultivate an environment of creative problem solving and thinking in conjunction with hands-on studio work supporting students in becoming efficient creative makers in their chosen field of textiles.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Utilize a variety of traditional and contemporary applied textile techniques;
- Demonstrate skill in and knowledge of a range of traditional and contemporary textile techniques;
- Produce textile objects that reflect a critical understanding of contemporary art, craft, and design;
- Analyse the characteristic properties of textile materials, fibres, and processes for use in the design and production of textile objects;
- Follow a creative process of research, ideation, visualization, analysis, production, and evaluation;
- Critique projects individually and in group settings;
- Incorporate feedback into a project;
- Demonstrate knowledge of marketing, entrepreneurship, wholesale/retail pricing, and contexts of production for textile development, and
- Follow industry health and safety guidelines for the use of equipment, materials, and processes.
In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, an applicant must meet the following Kootenay Studio Arts programming (KSA) entrance requirements.
All applicants must complete and submit a questionnaire at least one week prior to their scheduled interview date. The questionnaire helps us to understand the applicant’s interest and commitment to the studio program.
Submit a questionnaire using the Kootenay Studio Arts online form on our website.
All applicants are required to participate in an interview with a program instructor from the Kootenay School of the Arts program. Telephone interviews will be arranged for those applicants who, because of distance, cannot attend in person.
The interview is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, present their work and discuss their interests within the arts. The instructor will assess the applicant’s preparedness for entry into the program and will ask about commitment, goals and expectations, design knowledge, experience and communication skills. It is also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they might have about the program and for faculty to recommend upgrading if necessary.
The portfolio is designed to assess your skill level to help instructors increase your chances of success in your studio program. KSA is looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill. The portfolio pieces may be of any medium and they need not be specific to studio preference.
For portfolio guidelines, see our website or see Kootenay Studio Arts program policy – Appendix F.
In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.
TEXT131 - Dye Technology I - Plant Dye and Modifiers
TEXT 131 Dye Technology I - Plant Dye and Modifiers is an introductory study of the application of color on fibre through direct application and immersion dye processes. Utilizing a variety of natural fibres, yarns and fabric, plant dyes will be explored within a contemporary context. Indigo, as the ancient, natural blue, will be more fully worked with through the practice of shibori resist techniques.
TEXT133 - Textile Construction and Pattern Drafting I
TEXT 133 Textile Construction and Pattern Drafting I is an introduction to sewing techniques, machine and hand finishing and embellishments, stitching and textile manipulation for fashion, costume, wearable art and 2 and 3D objects. Students will learn to design and plan projects, construct and draft patterns, prototypes and wearables.
TEXT135 - Dye Tech II: Dye & Print Processes
TEXT 135 Dye Technology II is an introductory study of the principles and application of colour and imagery on fibre utilizing block printing and silkscreen printing with dyes, pigments, and colour removers (dishcharge).
TEXT137 - Surface and Structure
TEXT137 Surface and Structure introduces students to silkscreening and wet felting. The silkscreening section focuses on creating repeat patterns utilizing a variety of dyes, chemicals, and natural material. The felting section introduces students to traditional felting techniques within a contemporary context, with an emphasis on creating felted yardages that combine a variety of techniques to create pattern and texture on felted cloth.
TEXT138 - Textile Design
TEXT 138 Textile Design will introduce students to the elements and principles of design that inform the diverse field of contemporary textile arts. Critical analysis and discussion will play a role in developing a language of visual design that brings together drawing, materials, and context. Through two- and three-dimensional projects and research, students will investigate the process of textile design as a means of making images, textures, surfaces, and constructed objects.
TEXT132 - Printing on Cloth
In TEXT 132 Printing on Cloth, students will learn various processes and approaches to silk-screen printing and explore the potential of printed imagery, repeating-pattern and other effects on cloth with a primary focus on printing using photo emulsion.
TEXT134 - Pattern Construction and Drafting II
TEXT 134 Pattern Construction and Drafting II introduces students to pattern drafting, styling and draping on the dress form for ready-to-wear and wearable art clothing and accessories. Emphasis will be on the design and construction of patterns for costume, fashion, and wearable art. Students will learn to create patterns, transfer patterns to paper, make adjustments and alterations, transfer patterns to fabrics and construct garments. Special attention will be paid to design, creativity, problem solving, construction and craftsmanship.
TEXT136 - Weaving
TEXT 136 Weaving is an introduction to the language of colour, pattern and design in the construction of cloth through the study of weave structures utilizing multiple shaft looms. Students will learn how to produce cloth on the loom from concept to finished textile, including various finishing techniques. Students will also develop an understanding of pattern drafting, drawdowns and fabric analysis.
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