This resource looks at how CAD/CAM is transforming all sections of the textile industry, from digital printing and embroidery to knitting and laser cutting. For each case study, designers and manufacturers explain how they work in function of new technologies and discuss the benefits CAD/CAM brings to their business. Show Less
Today there are many different types of textiles that are available to us, each with their different properties, strengths and range of uses. Getting to know their properties is vital for any student of textiles today. In this programme interior designer Brandi Hagen showcases textile samples and explains different types of natural and synthetic fibers, fabric construction and surface designs. In this programme we examine the properties of natural fibres such as cotton, flax, jute, sisal and bamboo; synthetic fibres such as nylon, polyester, rayon, acrylic and microfibers, and animal fibres such as wool and silk. We also look at fabric construction and surface designs. Show Less
This program investigates the steps taken by fashion designers to develop their ideas into end products, from that initial spark of inspiration to final production. Throughout the program viewers see how fashion designers use various tools, equipment and drawing techniques to visually display their inspirations and ideas, how they use of computer aided design (CAD) to enhance and support their work, and finally, the steps involved in sampling, pattern making and production. The program is further enhanced by insightful interviews with top fashion designers including legendary Australian fashion designer, Akira Isogawa, Vanessa Rochman, head designer at Metallicus, and textiles designer Kaffe Fassett. Show Less
Society's growing concern for the environment has meant that the fashion industry is being forced to rethink its fundamental structures. Including interviews with industry experts and young Australian designers whose work focuses on environmental and social responsibilities, this programme is a must-see for anyone interested in the fashion industry. Show Less
The third programme in the Talking Textile series considers the effect that the manufacturing of cotton has on the planet from an environmental, social and economic perspective. We see that the process turns out to hold some less than honourable credentials. Show Less
Filmed in Bangladesh, one of the world's largest textile manufacturers, this resource explores the social cost of our cheap textiles. With footage filmed inside a number of Bangladeshi textile factories, it explores the issues of sweatshop labour, poor working conditions, a fair wage and the right to unionise and asks who is responsible? It then compares the social impacts of this mass-scale textiles production with the benefits brought to a small rural community in Bangladesh by a fair trade textile initiative. Show Less
This programme aims to profile three successful fashion labels involving young Melbourne-based designers. The programme outlines the elements of design and manufacture relevant to each one, and looks at the various sources of design inspiration, the different types of fabrics used in manufacture, and the marketing and 'branding’ of the labels. The programme also addresses the business angle, looking at the motivations, problems and positives that have come from the decision to go into business for themselves. Show Less
Get students ready to sew! Includes safety in the sewing lab, notions for sewing, hand-sewing basics and the sewing machine. Also features sewing projects such as a pillow case, fleece hats and mittens, tote bag, name pennants, pillows and other easy projects from Haan Crafts and To-Sew. Show Less
Wearable electronics, textiles that generate power and smart and modern materials like Kevlar, Nomex and D30 are all covered in this resource that looks at their characteristics, functions and applications. Case studies include: materials used by stuntmen and ballerinas, a handbag that charges your phone, piezo-electric textiles and garments that sense and react to changes in your body and the environment. Show Less
This programme introduces students to fibres, fabrics and textiles. A brief historical overview is followed by a look at various processes and also the most recent developments.
Showing the very latest industrial techniques from around the world, this resource gives pupils a fantastic insight into textile manufacturing processes.
The first programme in the Talking Textiles series introduces students to fibres and how we classify them as natural or man-made, before further categorising the former as animal, vegetable or mineral. A range of methods and preparation techniques are discussed for a number of fibres. Show Less
We trace the manufacture and production of nylon filament from its source as a by-product of petroleum cracking, to finished products for use by the consumer and industry. Discover the scientific and technological aspects of synthetic materials production, properties of synthetics and materials engineering for specific end users, from textiles to tractor tyres. The program can be played entirely or section by section to allow the opportunity for discussion of key concepts as they are presented. This programme includes: - The Polymerisation Process - Extrusion, Spinning and Drawing - Weaving, Knitting and Dyeing - Market Research into Customer Needs - Garment Design and Manufacture Show Less
This resource shows how textile designers are meeting the challenge from government and consumers to meet the 6R's. Case studies include: Shoes made from old tyres, bags made from recycled airline seats and high fashion tailoring created from second hand shop finds. Show Less
Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, RiverBlue spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favourite iconic products has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival. RiverBlue brings awareness to the destruction of some of the world’s most vital rivers through the manufacturing of our clothing, but will also act as a demand for significant change in the textile industry from the top fashion brands that can make a difference. Show Less
In this excellent programme we start off with the basics of sewing and take burgeoning designers all the way up to creating a stylish project of their own. Topics covered include: sewing tools and essentials, hand sewing, fabric selection, sewing techniques and rules, and sewing machine parts. Filled with clear examples and demonstrations, and presented by a real expert, this is a terrific introduction to the power of the thread and needle. The programme also features comprehensive support notes and two sewing projects - a non-pattern and pattern project. Show Less
New technology and processes are combining with traditional textiles to create a new generation of smarter, more technical products than ever before.
This programme looks at the different tests fabrics and products have to undergo before they hit the shelves. Using examples from high street retailer, New Look and outdoor specialists Millets and Blacks, the programme visits industrial textiles testing laboratories and includes footage and clear explanations of tests for flammability, abrasion and pilling, tear and tensile strength, burst and drape testing, as well as tests for care labelling, eg. shrinkage and colour fastness. The programme also includes tests for high performance wear, including tests for insulation, breathability, wickability, wind and waterproofness. Show Less
The aim of this programme is to introduce a variety of textile materials used by designers when making their products. The programme describes the characteristics and properties of fibres, fabrics and yarns and how designers use this information to help them make decisions regarding the most appropriate and suitable materials for an end product. Students should develop an understanding of the classification of fibres, fabrics and yarns and how designers take a number of factors into consideration when choosing suitable materials. This programme will demonstrate how designers test the suitability of materials and the impact of health, safety, social and environmental concerns when choosing materials. The programme should demonstrate how designers choose and use fibres, fabrics and yarns in their end products. There should be lots of visual examples of materials from their origin to their manufacture into fabric and the end product. It should also demonstrate the importance of the fibres characteristics and properties and how they are tested and how they influence end choice. Show Less
As lead designers for Finisterre, Tom and Debbie are on a mission – to create the most eco-friendly surf-wear brand in the world. From their HQ in Cornwall to fabric suppliers in Japan and manufacturers in Portugal, we follow the pair as they explain how they reduce the environmental and ethical impact of their clothes by considering the use of materials and energy throughout their design, manufacture, transportation and use. We see how they source and develop eco-friendly technical materials - from recycled polyester to organic wool and cotton; we follow Tom on a series of environmental factory audits in Portugal and we find out how Finisterre work with customers to reduce the carbon footprint of products throughout their life-cycle. Show Less
Filmed in Bangladesh and in the UK, this resource assesses the environmental impacts of the textile industry both here and abroad. It looks at how companies in the UK are working to meet government targets to reduce their environmental impact by using state of the art water recycling plants and by making better use of their waste streams. The resource then explores the environmental impact of textile production in Bangladesh, and shows how the true cost of cheap textiles is being felt by the very poorest living downstream from polluting textile factories. Show Less
Industrial finishing is a crucial part of the textiles manufacturing process, giving products their attractive sheen, colour and texture. Using a range of up-to-date examples, this engaging programme explores the reasons for finishing, and when and why different processes might be used. It also looks at the different types of industrial finishes available, examines examples of a variety of chemical and physical finishes, and explores their applications. It then goes on to look at how the range of finishes now available is creating ever more technical materials, enhancing the role of textiles in today's society. Show Less
This video provides up to date examples and clear explanations of industrial methods of printing and dyeing. It is designed for 14-18 year olds studying textile design and technology.
New technology and processes are combining with traditional textiles to create a new generation of smarter, more technical products than ever before. Filmed with some of the world's most innovative textile companies, this programme explores the properties, characteristics and functions of these new materials and shows how they are being used to revolutionise the world around us. Case studies include: geo-textiles, medical textiles, QTC, carbon fibre and interior design. Show Less
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. 'The True Cost' is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, 'The True Cost' is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. Show Less