Gone are the day of aprons, peg bags and pencil cases. Here at Park House we explore the amazing world of Textiles through a wide range of techniques and processes that inspire, enthuse, and engage our students. The Textiles Department is always a hive of activity, life, exploration and excitement, there is a never a dull or quiet moment, and we love every bit of it. There is always something going on, whether it be a workshop, visiting artist our weekly Textiles Clubs or students exploring the subject further for their individual projects.
Our aim in Textiles is to make the subject as enjoyable and accessible as possible. We love seeing how students develop their creativity, confidence, practical skills, and idea generation. The building of an idea, no matter how wacky, is a wondrous thing to behold – and in Textiles, the wackier the idea, the more exciting the outcome.
To help students see the magnificent opportunities in the subject and the possibilities and power of a single creative idea, we take them to London to visit The Knitting and Stitching Show. Here students are introduced to the wide and vibrant environment of fabric, fibre, thread, and an unlimited array of creativity. The show offers insight into the varied and highly popular industries that stem from Textiles, whether it be art school, journalism, fibre science, engineering, fashion, interior design and or the numerous other creative pathways.
In Years 7 and 8, Textiles is part of Technology, but we ensure that this journey is filled with creative twists and inspirations in the projects in preparation for GCSE Art Textiles starting in Year 9. Those that opt to take the subject will have the opportunity to further develop those skills learnt in Years 7 and 8, alongside the introduction of a myriad of other experimental new ones. This then forms a solid foundation for those students wishing to take Art Textiles at A-Level.
The department prides itself on the outstanding works of art out students create, and at the end of each year, we love nothing more than to celebrate their achievements and creativity in an exhibition together with Art and Photography.