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83122 Machine-knitted Textiles

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Requisite elaboration/waiver:

No prerequisites required

Recommended studies:

N/A

Description

This subject introduces students to constructed textiles through exploring the structural, conceptual and technical opportunities offered by knitting. The subject is practice-based and includes technical knitting processes and production using a variety of domestic knitting machine gauges.

Students are taken through basic techniques using standard yarns (provided and self-sourced), and are encouraged as they progress through creative design thinking to experiment and challenge conventions, and explore a range of materials and processes that can be used in specialist areas such as women's and men's wear or complementary design disciplines.

This subject is unique in that it is the only one of its kind offered at university-level in New South Wales, appealing to students who have a desire to create innovative fabrics with imaginative visual and material properties.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Develop technical skills and competency in using a variety of domestic knitting machines gauges.
2. Develop creative design outcomes through challenging materials and processes.
3. Develop effective visual presentation skills relevant to fashion and/or textile design.
4. Develop an original aesthetic through experimentation with 2 and 3 dimensional techniques.
5. Demonstrate professional workshop practice and participation, incorporating Occupational Health and Safety knowledge and requirements within the Knit Lab, and machine maintenance and booking systems.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Effective communication skills encompassing performative, oral, visual and written forms (C.2)
  • Ability to respond to constructive criticism and feedback (C.3)
  • Ability to speculate, experiment, challenge boundaries and take risks (I.2)
  • Demonstrated self-directed learning and self-initiated problem-solving (P.1)
  • Ability to use, acquire and integrate relevant technical skills (P.2)
  • Ability to utilise effective time management (P.4)
  • Ability to reflect on practice and research (R.3)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject contributes to the course educational aims to produce graduates with high levels of:

  • creativity and innovation
  • communication and interpersonal skills, practical and professional skills
  • critical thinking and research skills
  • professional and personal attitudes and values.

Teaching and learning strategies

3 hour design/technical knit studio from weeks 1-12

Feedback

Your Design Mentor/Tutor will offer feedback weekly in your studio session. Students will receive on the spot instruction and support from their Design Mentor/s as well as having many opportunities to discuss their ideas with their peers and engage in self-evaluation. Formal written feedback will be provided for each of the assessment tasks and will be available from REVIEW.

Preparatory activities

Preparation activities will vary week-to-week. Some weeks will involve engaging with resources such as videos, websites, readings or self-directed learning exercises. As students’ progress through the subject within the Machine Knitted Textiles projects, preparatory activities may include sourcing yarns, sampling etc. prior to class. Preparatory activities will be listed in the subject outline; UTSonline or they will be emailed to you the week prior. To make the most of your studio time and feedback session with the Design Mentor/s, it is important that preparatory activities are completed prior to class.

Engaging in Lectures, Studio and Seminars

Any formal lectures offered in the subject will provide students with an understanding of various aspects of the knit industry. Some weeks will discuss a theory, design process or introduce you to an Industry Specialist. Students are encouraged to prepare themselves each week by addressing the preparatory activities or researching the topic. There will be opportunities for students to ask questions, clarify issues, explore ideas and create discussion.

The studio sessions will involve meeting with the Design Mentor or tutor/s weekly to discuss your research, concepts and design progress and weekly feedback will be discussed with students and documented.

Independent and self-managed learning

There is ongoing encouragement for students to learn from each other as well as reflect on their experiences through studio discussions. The requirement for self-directed learning and time-management (in and out of class) mirrors the requirements of professional practice. Self-management strategies and independent learning are crucial to continuing development as a design practitioner. The subject outline will provide you with a guide regarding weekly requirements; it will be up to students to adhere to the week-by-week program.

Collaborative opportunities

Collaborative tasks involve working within a dynamic studio that will be filled with creative collaboratively each week through shaping research, design ideas and presenting samples. The format of this studio collaboration is to be documented within your design journal each week addressing questions or problems outlined in your studio class, which will involve offering and receiving constructive criticism.

Content (topics)

A core aim of this subject is to introduce you to machine knitting techniques and enable you to develop the ability to be innovative, challenge design aesthetic and technical limitations through two-dimensional and three-dimensional enquiry.

You will have weekly tutorials that will cover the following topics over 12 weeks;

  • Knit Lab Induction as per the UTS guidelines
  • History of the knitting machine
  • Introduction to the knitting machine, functions, parts and maintenance
  • Inspiration and design ideas for knitting
  • Yarns suitability and experimentation
  • Understanding knit tension
  • Casting on, knitting jersey, casting off-various techniques
  • Changing yarns and colours to create stripes right
  • Learning to use punch cards and creating repeat patterns for a variety of knit techniques
  • Basic knit graphing
  • Basic short-row knitting and shaping
  • How to 'link' and seam knitting
  • Finishes-edges, steaming and blocking knitting
  • Professional presentation


Outcomes

This subject will provide you with an understanding of your own creative thinking using machine knitting techniques. By the end of the subject you will have a portfolio of experimental, forward-thinking machine knitted outcomes, that can be used to inform future work across a range of disciplines.

You will be shown best practice of presentation for your work.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Machine-Knit technical File

Intent:

This assessment task introduces students to machine knitting, with a focus on techniques. Students will learn new terminology relevant to machine knitting for industry practice. Principles and tools of machine knitting will be introduced, and assessed through practical examples, resulting in a submitted technical file.

In-class progress is taken into consideration for assessment, involves students demonstrating progress in-class week-to-week, responding to feedback, and undertaking preparatory activities where applicable.

Assessment 1 Brief can be downloaded from UTSOnline/Subject Documents. This includes complete information for this assessment. Assessment criteria is available at any time in the REVIEW assessment system at https://uts.review-edu.com/uts/

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, P.2 and P.4

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Participation in class including preparation for weekly classes, Pinterest and in-class progress. 20 5 P.4
Technical file demonstrates appropriate levels of technical skills reflecting your understanding of the machine knitting techniques covered to date. All samples included. 50 1 P.2
Professional presentation of Technical file that demonstrates your understanding of weekly topics. 30 3 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Knit Design Studio Project

Intent:

This assessment task encourages students to collaboate and apply creative research through challenging machine knitting techniques through experimentation with 2 and 3 dimensional techniques, materials and processes. Working in small groups, students will work together forming a 'Knit Design Studio'; develop a concept and then create a portfolio of innovative knitted samples; basic garment; or knitted products/accessories. Students will continue to evolve their professional visual presentation skills through the development of the knit design portfolio.

In-class progress is taken into consideration for assessment, involves students demonstrating progress in-class week-to-week, responding to feedback, and undertaking preparatory activities where applicable.

Assessment 2 Brief can be downloaded from UTSOnline/Subject Documents. This includes complete information for this assessment. Assessment criteria is available at any time in the REVIEW assessment system at https://uts.review-edu.com/uts/

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, C.3, I.2, P.1 and R.3

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 60%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Self-directed learning including effective time management, Pinterest and in-class progress 15 5 P.1
Evidence within the Machine Knit body of work regarding experimentation and creative problem solving 25 4 I.2
Depth of concept research and application to the Machine Knit body of work 25 2 R.3
Ability to respond to constructive feedback and criticism as a group and individually where relevant 10 5 C.3
Professional visual and verbal presentation of Machine Knit body of work which demonstrates collaborative learning, visual and written concept research, and innovative experimentation with yarns/materials and post-production techniques 25 3 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

References

Allen J 1986, The machine knitting book: how to design and create beautiful garments on your knitting machine, Readers Digest Services, Sydney

Black S 2002, Knitwear in fashion, Thames and Hudson, United Kingdom

Devaney B 1989, The harmony guide to colourful machine knitting, Lyric, London

Elliott S 2015, Knit: Innovations in Fashion, Art and Design, Lawrence King Publishing Ltd, London

Entwistle J and Wilson E (eds), 2001, Body dressing, Berg, United Kingdom

Evans C 2003, Fashion at the edge: spectacle, modernity and deathliness, Yale University Press

Gale C and Kaur J (eds) 2002, The textile book, Berg, United Kingdom

Hemmings J (ed) 2010, In the loop: knitting now, Black Dog, United Kingdom

Kawamura Y 2005, Fashionology, Berg, United Kingdom

Landahl K 2015, The myth of the silhouette: on form thinking in knitting design, (Doctoral thesis), University of Boras

Seymour S 2009, Fashionable technology: the intersections of design, fashion, science, and technology, SpringerWein, New York

Turney J 2009, The culture of knitting, Berg, United Kingdom

Udale J 2014, Fashion Knitwear, Laurence King Publishing Limited, United Kingdom

Journal:

Knitting Industry Creative, https://www.knittingindustry.com/creative/

Knitting Industry, https://www.knittingindustry.com/

Knitting Trade journal, Mowbray Communications Ltd, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK (copies can be obtained from the UTS library)