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Textiles is a popular subject at the College and offers both curricular and extra-curricular activities where there are opportunities to learn and experiment with new skills. Textiles is open to further support students and provide activities on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Regular trips are run for each year group, an exchange programme to Vienna, as well an annual collaboration with Hetzendorf Fashion Institute.  To see examples of GCSE and A level works visit the Textiles main page.

Children of the Dawn

Children of the Dawn was set up to support and strengthen existing or budding community initiatives which focus on caring for HIV/AIDS orphans. Based on a sponsorship programme, Children of the Dawn’s goal is to give back a future to these affected children. At Eastbourne College Miss Briedenhann and Ms Cosgrove sponsor a child. Textiles students in Upper sixth, Year 10 and activity groups made simple cotton dresses for orphaned girls in Africa. Miss Briedenhann hand delivered some of the dresses to the charity during the Easter holidays whilst at least 20 more were sent by post.

Graduate Fashion Week

GCSE and A Level Textiles students visited the 2016 Graduate Fashion Week at the Truman Brewery in London’s East End. Students were able to see the Bath Spa University Catwalk show and have been inspired for their A Level portfolios. Our students were able to look around the  collections of work on display, to speak to course tutors and found out more about the courses on offer at A level.

Vienna Exchange 2016

The Vienna trip was a wonderful success. Samantha Adelstein, Amelia Allen, Phoebe Gale, Lily Kelly and Rebecca Nurse spent five days exploring the city and experimenting with their creativity. There was a balance between classes taken at Hetzendorf Fashion Institute and sightseeing in central Vienna. The girls enjoyed workshops in millinery, book binding, life drawing and screen printing and a PE lesson which included Hip Hop and Ultimate Frisbee!  

In addition to visiting art galleries - the Albertina, the Leopold and the Museum of Modern Art - the group found time to marvel at the St Stephansdom cathedral, several Viennese palaces and many beautiful gardens.

The pupils stayed with Austrian host families who were so impressed by the girls that every one of them has been extended a welcome to visit Vienna at any time in the future. The pupils were delightful company throughout the trip and the College is looking forward to welcoming the five Viennese host students to Eastbourne in September.

Eco-Couture collaboration

Each year College textiles pupils have the opportunity to collaborate with fashion students from the Hetzendorf Fashion Institute in Vienna. The Fashion Institute is located in the breath-taking Hetzendorf Palace dating from the 17th century and students at the school immerse themselves in fashion and textiles for five years. This year thirty students from the Vienna Fashion Institute  spent two afternoons working collaboratively with textiles GCSE and A-level students using obsolete CCF maps and discarded paper patterns to make sculptural paper creations. A showcase of their work was displayed in the Jennifer Winn auditorium and a selection of students from both schools talked about their work to guests and hosts families. This collaboration is now part of the Eastbourne College and Vienna Fashion Institute biennial exchange programme.

Louis Vuitton and Chanel

A level students recently visited both the Chanel Madeimoiselle Prive and the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition. In the morning they visited Chanel at Somerset House where an interactive app. could be downloaded to allow mobile phones to access additional information or footage about each exhibit or display. This really brought the exhibition to life. A particular highlight was a room of huge perfume vessels that delighted the senses. In the afternoon the College group had a tour of the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition. The tour went behind the scenes of the design and manufacturing of the Louis Vuitton brand and explained the process from initial idea to catwalk presentation. An amazing day was had by all. 

Fashion and Textiles Collaboration

Thirty-two students from the Vienna Fashion Institute spent two afternoons working collaboratively with Textiles Year 9, GCSE and A Level pupils using maps and discarded paper patterns into sculptural paper creations. In the evening the Austrian students talked about their work to guests and hosts families. Participants from both schools enjoyed sharing stories and their experiences of two very different education systems.

Marianne Smith - Charity Fashion Show

As part of her Gold Arts Award, Year 13 pupil Marianne Smith recently organised a charity fashion show to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

This is a charity that Textiles pupils have been actively supporting for over four years. In addition to securing sponsorship and support from Cornelia James (glove maker to the Queen), Marianne also received support from several local businesses.

Marianne commented: "The Charity Fashion show was a great event which allowed me to gain an insight and experience the busy fashion industry. This tested my communication and leadership skills - working with companies outside of school and creating a strong team of pupils who helped backstage. I feel like the weeks I spent planning and organising the event really paid off as the evening was a huge sucess raising over £1000 for Teenage Cancer Trust."

Fashion and Textiles Museum

Sixth form textiles pupils enjoyed a tour around the Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood exhibition in November 2014. The exhibition showed vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights included 1920's Chanel jersey, 1930's woollen swimwear and conceptual garments from 1980's and 90's designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald. Pupils were able to see recognisable pieces and learned about how art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction influenced knitwear design as well as seeing new knitwear technologies and design innovation. Maz Smith said "I really found the history behind the knitwear fascinating and enjoyed the trip immensely."

Young Craftsman of the Year 2014

Year 12 Textiles Scholar, Bethany Stephens came 2nd in the Textiles category at the 2014 South of England Show, Young Craftsman of the Year awards at Ardingly Showground. Her final piece was a costume designed for a chorus line dancer inspired by the musical Wicked. Bethany demonstrated traditional and modern methods of manufacture on her piece from delicate free machine embroidery to laser cutting.

Graduate Fashion Week

GCSE and A Level Textiles students visited this year's Graduate Fashion Week in its new location of Truman Brewery in Londons East End. GFW is the world's largest showcase of BA Fashion graduate talent and over forty UK fashion colleges have stands showcasing their graduate's portfolios and products as well as colleges from fourteen other countries. Students were treated to the Catwalk show of Nottingham Trent University and were able to attend talks from London College of Fashion and hear from the designers at River Island. Our students were inspired by the collections of work on display, were able to speak to course tutors and get valuable advice about their own portfolios and potential futures in the world of fashion. In the afternoon a visit to the Victoria and Albert museum to see the Wedding Dresses exhibition where dresses from the last 200 years were displayed - highlighting traditional craftmanship to couture and more famous designers from Norman Hartnell to Vera Wang.

Fashion and Textiles Museum

Year 10 Textiles students visited the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London to see the ARTISTS TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition.

The exhibition traced the history of the 20th Century art in textiles. The exhibition featured examples of European and American Art movements; Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Students were given a tour and heard how Artists Textiles show how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. Students will use the visit as inspiration for their designs ideas in the GCSE Controlled Assessment.



Vienna Exchange 2014

At the beginning of the Easter holidays three textiles pupils - Marianne Smith, Bethany Stephens and Stephanie Waring - visited Vienna to study at the Hetzendorf Fashion Institute. They were warmly welcomed into the homes of local host families.

Each morning they explored the beautiful Austrian city before joining the fashion students in their lessons at the Institute. The Eastbourne College pupils had the opportunity to design and make a fascinator (a type of hair accessory) with millinery students, join a life drawing class and to use the screen printing facilities to create their own bespoke T-shirts.

The textiles department is looking forward to welcoming the three Austrian hosts to Eastbourne in September for the second part of the exchange arrangement.

Eco-Couture Fashion Showcase

Sixteen Austrian students from the Vienna Fashion Institute spent three days working collaboratively with College GCSE and A Level students on an eco-couture fashion design challenge. A showcase in the Birley Centre of their work was well attended by parents and the public. 

The Vienna Fashion Institute is located in the breathtaking Hetzendorf Palace dating from the 17th Century and students at the school immerse themselves in fashion and textiles for five years.

Devoré Master Class
Textiles scholars recently had the opportunity to attend a master class with Claire Piper to learn the process of  devoré. A special gel is applied to velvet fabric containing a blend of viscose and silk. The chemical gel dissolves the viscose fibres, leaving behind the silk, which appears as a semi-transparent gauze against the more solid fabric blend that is untouched by the gel.

Claire Piper (nee Gregory) is a multi-discipline social artist and maker with an adaptive practice approach. She uses a variety of craft based mediums to explore every day domestic and societal relationships. Since graduating in 1997 with a 2.1 in Crafts (specialising in ceramics and textiles), she has worked within the arts industry, selling her own artwork or working on community focused projects. Claire has the ability to work and facilitate in mediums ranging from graphics and illustration including pen and pencil, to painting, collage, textiles including printing and dyeing to ceramics and 3D sculpture.

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