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Tea ‘N Chat – Intro to AI in Textiles Education

Tea ‘N Chat – Intro to AI in Textiles Education


Introducing AI in Textiles Education 

19 MARCH 2024

TIME:  7-8pm  



Artificial Intelligence is already here and being used in businesses and in schools. Become an AI expert and transform the way you and your colleagues can change the way you work.
Get ahead of the curve, keep up to date and join us for this session introducing the potential use of AI in textiles education. You will see AI in action, demonstrating how different tools could save you time, support your planning and teaching, enhance pupil experience, and further your creativity. The pros and cons of AI will also be highlighted. Transform your teaching with AI tools, save time, and get creative!

The session will show how AI could help you: 

  • create teaching schemes and lesson plans 
  • explore subject specific knowledge 
  • generate and explore ideas, concepts, themes and designers 
  • write questions and assessment frameworks 
  • unleash creativity in textile design, colour, styles and fashion.  

This is a ‘must-attend’ course for all those interested in AI (or just starting to discover its potential) and wishing to discover how it could be used in school. It is a stepping stone for the more in-depth Integrating AI in textiles education event being held on the 11 May 2024.

Feedback From The Classroom

Feedback From The Classroom

Taken from a blog written by Textiles Teacher Haidee Foy (Maidstone Grammar School for Girls) who used the Textiles Skills Centre ‘Careers in Fashion & Textiles’ Free Resource with her students:

GCSE Fashion and Textiles students have been exploring the work and careers of fashion industry professionals this week.

Poster for Free textiles resource

Free Resource by Textiles Skills Cente on Careers in Fashion & Textiles

A variety of industry experts have recorded 5-minute videos, discussing their educational backgrounds and careers, this has given our students a real insight into what a career in the fashion and textile industry might entail.




Hannah Jenkinson in Peru

Hannah Jenkinson in Peru



Particular highlights included the work of HANNAH JENKINSON, who specialises in ethically crafted luxury knitwear. Hannah has worked for a number of high end and contemporary companies including Calvin Klein Collection, St John Knits and Equipment FR among others. She currently lives and works in Peru where she has her own knitwear studio for her ‘HJK’ brand.

Hannah Jenkinson Knitwear

Hand embroidered piece by Hannah Jenkinson



‘I believe that one of the most important things we can do right now for the planet,
for women, and for humanity, is to help indigenous cultures retain their way of life.’





Similarly, students were introduced to an alumni, KIRSTY ORIEL. Kirsty is a costume maker and bridal seamstress based in Kent. She graduated from Rose Bruford College with a 1st Class degree in Costume Design and has since worked for the Royal Opera House costume department, HalfPenny London and Dee Sheehan.
Her work includes designing and making bespoke bridal dresses and costumes for film, TV, theatre and opera and her more recent work featured in the period drama Bridgerton.

His Dark Materials Costumes for Mrs Coulter

Kirsty Oriel’s Costumes for Mrs Coulter(Ruth Wilson) in His Dark Materials

Kirsty Oriel's Bridgerton costumes

Kirsty Oriel’s Bridgerton costumes










Each designer was asked to respond to a highly pertinent question – ‘what advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?’ A common theme was to pursue your passion, be creative and experimental in your work and to not be afraid of failure. All key points that we would always encourage students to follow.



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