Friday, 29 April 2016

Let's Talk Textiles

It’s odd how spirts of inspiration can come your way so suddenly and with so much liveliness. I’m lying on my bed currently, it’s Friday and I am literally shattered. This week has been a battering one, yet I don’t want to crawl into my covers, but talk to you about something that I feel deserves a post all to itself. Like many a child, I grew up drawing and creating- never loosing that passion and imagination. I have a pure love for projects and presenting pretty much anything. I have reams of paper and notebooks full of design work that I have composed from around the age of eight, and although I no-longer design extravagant ball gowns, I have always kept my love for textiles.

Choosing your GCSE options is a very important and daunting decision. So imagine me, a young teenager, sitting in my DT classroom gawking at some of the garments that previous textiles student had made.

I had three options to choose, and at that point art was an essential study to me- so that left me with two. I was half wanting, half pressured, to be doing a humanities subject as well, therefore my option spaces were becoming very slight. There were all these new chances too, Phycology and Business- subject’s I’d never even thought of, no matter learnt. Yet, somewhere in my heart, I knew that I wasn’t done with my textiles, and so chose it.

GCSE textiles is by no means easy- no way. Not only must you learn and grasp many new skills, but deal with the stresses of coursework, the dull lessons of theory and the endless project workload.
Honestly, I wasn’t in love with my choice for a while. When learning, many of your garments end up looking far from the perfection you imagine in your mind, often disappointing after hours of work. Even so, I persevered and also improved.

Textiles GCSE is built of 60% coursework and 40% exam. The theory isn’t all that fun, but nowhere near as challenging as subjects such as science, for me anyway.

The coursework is your project- your research, design work and garment, all based on a chosen theme. It takes months, as the hours of work are spread over lessons and lessons.

My project was inspired by ‘modern vintage’ and I focused it on the 1920s era. Bold patterns and metallic and monochrome colours created my playsuit, based on such an interesting era but with a modern twist. As with anything, there are parts of my garment that didn’t look how I envisaged or had hoped, but I love how it came out in the end.

There were times I cried over that bloody coursework, times I felt close to somehow setting my garment alight- yet I didn’t.

My GCSE textiles coursework has become one of my proudest achievements, especially in school. I put my heart into it, every page of my project and every stitch in my garment.

This week I received my grade for the 60% coursework and although it probably has to be invigilated and what not, no matter actually sitting the exam, I was so so pleased. By some miracle, I received an A* 90/90 result.

Textiles and fashion, I feel, will always be important in my life. That sense of self-style and creativity really interests and captivates me. I am excited to continue textiles too, into AS if not further, and cannot wait to find out my final grade on results day in August. 

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  1. This is so cool! Well done for the A*! I've been wanting to do Textiles for GCSE, but it's so annoying because they stopped doing it at my school! So I might do a Fashion BTEC course next year for A-Levels because I love fashion and Textiles too!

    Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

    1. Thanks! Yes textiles is great! A challenge but fun! xx