Textile Art & Design
At Caterham School we take a broad and varied approach to Textile Design and Textile Art. Students take inspiration from a range of cultural, historical and contemporary stimuli. Students are encouraged to explore and embrace materials and techniques, and to push and challenge their inherent qualities. Work is highly individual and is a result of personal ongoing experimentation. Students work in areas of Textiles that are relevant to their investigations, such as Textile Art, Fashion Design or Interior Design. Students will explore a broad range of techniques and processes including stitch, print, weave, dyeing, felt-making and fabric painting through the investigation of traditional and non-traditional materials such as paper, metals and plastics.
We hold an annual fashion show that showcases and celebrates the creative abilities of A-level Textile Design students. We visit relevant galleries and exhibitions to explore artists' and designers' work first hand. We offer life drawing classes to enhance students' drawing confidence and knowledge of the human form. We also offer many specialist lunchtime, after school and Saturday workshops to broaden practical skills.
Students choose to study Textile design at A-level for many reasons. They may have a particular career path they wish to follow, such as Fashion Designer, Fashion Buyer, Textile Designer, Interior Designer, Fashion Magazine editor, Stylist, or any aspect of the creative industries. Many students choose A-level Textile Design because they enjoy the subject and it offers a welcome balance with their other A-level subjects.
Miss Anna Church MA Head of Textiles.
Anna completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion and Textiles at The University of Central England in Birmingham. She then took a year out of her studies to work as a Textile Designer (embroidery and print) for popular high street brands. Anna also worked as a freelance designer for high street and designer level markets. In 1999, Anna completed a Masters in Fashion and Textiles at Nottingham Trent University. In 2000, she completed a PGCE also at Nottingham Trent University. Since then Anna successfully established A-level Textiles at a Sixth Form College in Surrey and became A-level Co-ordinator for Art and Design courses and Second in Department at a Sixth Form College in North East London.
Anna joined Caterham School in 2007 as Head of Textiles and promotes the talents of Textile A-level pupils and GCSE Art pupils through events such as the annual Fashion Show and Dance & Fashion Week. Anna is also committed to co-curricular weekly clubs such as Textiles Club (working on Caterham School commissions) and Pattern Cutting Club (dress making). Anna also trains pupils undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.