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FREE RESOURCE: Sustainability in Textiles



FREE RESOURCE: Sustainability in Textiles

A resource which can be used as part of enrichment or a mini project/lessons, used with a set theme alongside a scheme of work. Especially useful for students to do at home.



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This resource can be used as part of enrichment or a mini project/lessons, used with your own theme alongside your own scheme of work. This is especially useful for students to do at home.

About the resource:

The resource includes sustainability tasks that can be used for different year groups. There is also a mini project ‘RECYCLE-RESUSE’, make and decorate a handmade mask from recycled materials found in your home or garden, with inspirational mood board, ideas for recycling at home, a step-by-step instructions and visual guide, links to you tube tutorials and inspirational catwalks, a small scheme of work and links to the curriculum. (The mask project and embellishment can be made by hand stitching, for students to make at home.)


Students will develop transferable skills – students will learn to: apply a creative approach to problem solving and consider and develop original ideas from initiation to realisation. They will also develop a knowledge and understanding of recyclability and sustainability.

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Free Teacher Resources : Sustainability

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

Nicky has been a Textile and Fashion consultant for the Textiles Skills Academy for 5 years now, she also works as a contemporary textile artist, her artwork combines all things textural, she likes to craft with a heat press featuring both machine and hand embroidery, delivering tutorials in her small studio. Nicky’s initial career was in the fashion industry working for 22 years in the heart of London as a print designer and colourist. She worked for a French mill based in Lyon and went on to create seasonal fashion print collections, buying and redesigning archive prints. Nicky designed for all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.

Nicky’s second career was in teaching as Head of Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls 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 grades were:  A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B).

Nicky has mentored many graduate trainees, taken workshops at the Knitting & Stitching show, volunteers as an art therapist and now presents the workshops to fellow Textile and Art teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Academy.

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