DESIGNING -Initial ideas

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DESIGNING -Initial ideas
DESIGNING -Initial ideas
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Coming up with ideas
is part of the design
process. These designs
must match the
criteria of the brief or
they are worthless
To make sure the
designer keeps the
brief in mind they
constantly refer to the
research results, design
specification and the
mood board.
Exploring ideas
It is important to
explore ideas, so that
you can select the
most appropriate and
effective ideas before
starting to develop
and refine your final
idea.
Experiment with
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Colour
Explore
 Different colour
schemes
 Ways of applying
colour such as
crayons, printing
 Layering colours as in
using batik and tie
and dye.
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Texture
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In textiles texture is how
a faric feels but a pattern
or print can create an
illusion of texture.
Ideas for textural design
can be explored through
looking at
Nature
Experimenting with yarn
wrappings
Using embroidered
ribbons for borders
Using rubbings
Manipulating fabrics.
Proportion
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Experiment with
The size/scale of the design
The relative proportions of
different elements within
the design
It is important that a
product does its job and is
easy to use. This means
that when you make
decisions about size and
proportion you will need
to consider
Human measurements
Ergonomics-how people
will use the product.
Construction
To explore different
construction
methods you could
 Model garments and
products at 50% or
20%
 Practise different
skills and techniques
on off cuts of fabrics
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Fabrics
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Experimenting with
different fabrics will
help you to
understand their
properties so that you
can
Select the most
suitable fabric for the
job
Combining different
fabrics in an innovative
way.
Surface decoration
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Surface decoration involves
adding colour or texture
to a fabric and can add
another dimension to a
design
You should explore various
techniques like transfer
printing computer
generated designs onto
fabrics
Other printing techniques
Layering prints
Batik stencilling and
painting
Embellishment
Embellishment is the
addition of decorative
components to enhance
a design, but be careful
not to over use them.
You could try
 Hand /machine
embroidery techniques
 Laminating fabrics and
then embroidering them
 Adding sequins, beads or
ribbons.
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Using ICT
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Try using a computer
to
Develop patterns
Change the scale of
the design
Create different
texts for embroidery
Manipulate digital
images