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Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop (Marlow)


Marlow – Saturday 29th January 2022

Constructed Textiles skills workshop: Make your own Constructed Techniques Sketchbook, for GCSE/A Level Art & Design courses.

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Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop

DATE:    Saturday 29th January 2022 – BOOK HERE
TIMES:   9:30 – 15:30

An Exciting Practical Face to Face Course for

Teachers of GCSE & A Level Textiles for both Art & Design and D&T.

This is a totally practical day making your own 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 book.

Techniques will be linked to themes, primary, relevant artists and designers and we will look at how they can be used in a scheme of work and fashion outcomes. All templates and guides will be available.

  • 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; Tucks, English & American smocking, Heat Shibori, Shadow folds, Slashing, Shirring, Crashing, and many more Fabric manipulations

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What to expect on the day:

  • Learn, practice and make a range of new and exciting constructed techniques by both machine and hand
  • An understanding of how to link these constructed techniques to themes, primary sources and contextual research of designers & artists.
  • 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 as a classroom resource
  • Creative ways to illustrate these techniques
  • Lots of exemplar sketchbooks and design development and practical strategies to create a higher challenge classroom.
  • Guidance and info on other resources that could support your teaching.

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.’

Nicky Simpson Textiles skills course

What is special about the Constructed Textile Techniques Course?

The Constructed Textile Techniques face-to-face course is an experience that delivers textiles skills, knowledge and understanding. It is a great learning environment which allows you to gain new skills and techniques, showing how these can be incorporated in lesson plans and delivered in a fun, inspiring and engaging way. You can ask questions direct to the course developer/leader, practice skills, create a sketchbook resource for the classroom and network with other teachers.

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.

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 engagement and industry and imaginative use of materials’. 2016

‘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.” 2015



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Nicky Simpson textilesNicky Simpson
PGCE; BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in print.



Your course leader is NICKY SIMPSON, a contemporary textiles artist, who has 12 years teaching experience, heading up Fashion & Textiles at a School in Kent. She has taught many different specifications from Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, Design and Technology at GCSE and A Level and BTEC Level 3 Fashion. Her last set of grades were: A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B). She has also taught Graphics, Food and Art at KS3.

In Nicky’s previous career she was a senior director of a fashion print agency in the heart of London. She designed her own prints as well as creating and selling seasonal fashion print collections for the international market, buying and redesigning archive prints. Nicky designed and sold to all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.
For the past 6 years Nicky has been a textile consultant, focusing on developing and leading the online and face to face workshops for the Textile Skills Centre, including pattern development. Nicky has mentored many graduate trainees, and now mentors many fellow teachers through the TSC mentorship programme. She has delivered workshops at the Knitting & Stitching show and volunteers as an art therapist in her spare time.

What other teachers have said about Nicky’s workshops:
  • ‘Having been to one of Nicky’s workshops, I used one of her lessons and received an ‘Outstanding’ observation.’
  • ‘Superb day – so inspirational! So much covered and a LOT of new skills learnt. Thanks!!’
  • ‘Loads of info which was GREAT. All really useful & relevant. Brilliant starting point for newish Art & Design teacher. Thank you so much.’
  • ‘Fabulous presenter. Gave loads + loads of information and ideas. I feel really inspired! Loved the practical samples we did. Would highly recommend!
  • ‘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!’


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