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Constructed Textiles Skills Workshop (DERBY)


Derby – Saturday 21st October 2023

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 21st October 2023 – BOOK HERE

VENUE:  Murray Park School, Murray Road, Mickelover, Derby DE3 9LL

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.

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Review:       “The course was great, we covered so much In the day and you couldn’t fail to come away inspired!
So many new techniques learnt – a great course!” Fay Deignan Feb 2022

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

Cannot travel to Derby? You could also opt to do this course on-line at home/school, at your own pace:  Details Here


We offer discounts for trainee teachers, technicians, and teachers who are self-funding for this course. Please contact dawn@textileskillscentre.com  for more information.

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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.’

Heat shibori samples







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


Murray Park School, Murray Road, Mickelover, Derby DE3 9LL

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Nicky Simpson photoNicky 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 Hillview School in Kent. She has taught Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, AQA Design and Technology/Textiles at A Level and GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Fashion.

Her last set of teaching grades were: A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B). She had a previous 22-year career as a print designer in the heart of London. For the past 6 years Nicky has been a workshop developer and leader for Textile and Art teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Centre.

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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