Fashion and textile

It is recommended that you aim to submit 10 pages in total. Remember to include a cover page and all references. 


You will engage in weekly activities and self directed experimentation to formulate knowledge of material modification processes. 

  1. Select (any) fabric or material to experiment with (and maybe destroy). It should be at least 20 x 20cm.
  2. Identify the fabric (fibre, yarn and fabric structure).
  3. Experiment with modification / finishing processes and document your experiments through photos, video, diagrams and drawings.
  4. Create a swatch of fabric that has undergone at least 3 changes. (your resulting material should be 20 x 20cm)
  5. Clearly document experiments / modifications / techniques and the steps you went through in both visual and written formats.
  6. Propose an appropriate end product for your changed fabric swatch, and explain why your modified swatch is appropriate for the specified end use. The end use may relate to an application of your choice: eg. Interior textiles, garment, accessory, or other specific, technical end use. Think back to week 1 where we explored all the materials around us.
  7. Create a material specification sheet for your proposed end product, outlining your fabric and the changes/processes needed.



Start investigating

Now that you understand your assessment requirements and you have a plan, start exploring suitable fabrics and materials around your household that you could potentially experiment with. You may want to look in your wardrobe or search the linen cupboard. Sometimes your garden shed might reveal some interesting fabrics or materials. The key is to select fabrics or materials that you can present, photograph and experiment with (and maybe destroy). Remember whatever you choose needs to be recreated into a 20cm x 20cm swatch.

Select a sample

For this learning activity we need you to select one sample. It can be a fabric or material.

Examine your chosen sample and start thinking about how you could modify this sample. Think about:

  • Words you could use to describe this fabric’seg Hard, soft, strong, weak, tough, brittle, stiff, rigid, flexible, absorbent,waterproof etc
  • How could you manipulate the textile’s performance and oraesthetic of your sample?
  • What material tests or modifications could you do to change your sample?




Review and Research

Review your notes from the last tutorial. Where there any modification processes you can begin to investigate on your material? Make a list and begin to research!

Before we modify any material, we must first analyse its construction, composition and properties.

  • Identify the fabric construction. Is it asingle jersey, jacquard weave or something else? You may need to review your lecture notes from earlier in the semester.
  • Next, identify theyarn type and the fibre composition of your material (eg, cotton, wool, polyester etc). It is also possible your material is a blend. This means it is made up of more than one fibre
  • Make a list of some of theproperties you know about your material. For example, if it is cotton you might list that it is absorbent! Then continue to delve deeper into your material’s properties through research. You can review your notes from earlier in the semester to help you do this and extend your reading to digitally assessable sources, such as this  

Propose your Changes

  • How can you modify the propertiesof your material through a finishing process? For example this may mean changing the texture, absorbency or thermal retention of your material. Use some of these properties to help you think about how you may change your material.