Surface Design and Colourways
The course Surface Design and Colourways is obligatory for PatternLab-students. You can however take Surface Design and Colourways also if you are not planning to apply for PatternLab.
Responsible teacher: Adjunct professor Maarit Salolainen
Lecturers: Maija Fagerlund and Laura Isoniemi and visiting experts
Teaching period: III / 2016 > See Schedule
Workload: 270 h
1) Students are able to design surface designs with different methods and tools and for various purposes. Designs:
3 designs by hand:
- one small scale 3-D surface design
- one fabric collage design
- one painted design
2) Students experience the creative process from inspiration to sketches and further to finished surface designs and colourways.
3) Students are familiar with repeats, design and coordination of colourways and surface design and textile collections
4) Students are familiar with commercial and industrial aspects to surface design, commercial collection design, product design process, design management, as well as color and trend forecasting systems.
5) Students are able to follow a given theme in their own design work.
6) Students learn to use basic design tools used for commercial surface design.
> This course is an obligatory prerequisite for the PatternLab project.
The Pre-assignment is given ca. one month before the course begins. The aim is to activate the perception process; participants are asked to research and gather personally interesting colors, stories, events etc. During the first weeks of the course students develop visual concepts (mood board and color map) in teams, based on their findings. One theme /colourway concept is selected and all students follow it throughout their individual design process. Creative
hands-on sketching sessions with various materials and techniques are organized to support the artistic process, followed by experiments in repeat design, surface design by hand and lessons in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop - programs as surface design tools. The final outcome is six finished surface designs: three hand made designs and three printouts. The creative process is completed with presentations by visiting designers and lectures on surface design, commercial textile collection design, design management, advancements in printing technology and new service systems for printed textiles.
Pre- assignment, teamwork, lectures and presentations, hands-on workshop with tutoring, personal tutoring, independent work (75%), critics.
The course is simulating a real-life design process from inspiration to finished surface designs. Teaching method is mixed. Lectures provide students with understanding of the context and the applications of surface design and coordinating colourways. CAD, sketching and repeats are learned during tutored hands-on lessons. Anyhow, from the students' point of view the learning happens "learning-by-doing".
Rating Criteria: Activity and participation (25%), individual development as a surface designer (50%), final results (25%).
Additional information for students:
Color and Surface Design is prerequisite for the PatternLab -project (please apply separately), anyhow this course can be participated without the involvement in the Pattern Lab project. Basic skills of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are required as prerequisites. Woven Fabrics and Jacquard Workshop is integrated to the course enabling taking both courses during the 3rd period.
Max 16 students, first priority given for Fashion and Collection Design students, all others are welcome as the aim of this course is to work in an international and multidisciplinary environment.
First meeting will be held on 16th December 2015 at 12.00 Room 6099.