University of Technology Sydney

88005 Textiles: Installation

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

Recommended studies:

Print-related studies are of benefit however are not essential.


In this subject students explore colour and pattern as a means to challenge the traditional practices of textile design. The work of key designers and artists is introduced and students engage with experimental approaches to colour through textiles. Where relevant the subject is linked to exhibition site visits and research develops around the study of international exhibitions and practices. Research informs the student engagement with the practice of textile installation and environments. A series of lectures and workshops contextualises textiles as an interdisciplinary practice and enables students to apply knowledge into a self-directed project for site-specific application. An emphasis throughout the subject is placed on a professional and sustainable print room practice.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Demonstrate an ability to research and critically analyse contemporary art and design practice.
2. Develop conceptual design outcomes that extend contemporary textile aesthetic.
3. Reflect on design process and outcome.
4. Develop design concepts for site specific installations.
5. Demonstrate an innovative approach to exploring the principles of colour in relation to pattern and print design.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Develop an original aesthetic sensibility (I.1)
  • Demonstrate an ability to speculate, experiment, challenge boundaries and take risks (I.2)
  • Demonstrate an ability to adapt technology and materials creatively (I.3)
  • Demonstrate self-directed learning and self-initiated problem-solving (P.1)
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, use and integrate relevant technical skills into creative projects. (P.2)

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

Subject is delivered in a 3 hour studio/workshops/week. The activities for this subject are centred on self initiated learning. Students will be required to conduct independent research outside of class including studio or exhibitions where relevant. They need to work in the printroom workshop and respond to feedback for each of their individual project. Each project will have a class presentation of their work and this will go towards their assessment.

Content (topics)

  • Contemporary textile aesthetics and research
  • Colour and pattern
  • Camouflage and contemporary design
  • Case Studies
  • Contemporary art, Architectonic and interior textiles
  • Studio project
  • Site generated installation


Assessment task 1: Camouflage Pattern


In this assessment task students will explore innovative approaches to colour and pattern through a study of camouflage as disguise as found in nature. In this brief students will also learn to develop an ability to research and critically analyse contemporary art and design practice. They will develop conceptual design strategies that aim to extend contemporary textile aesthetics.


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.):

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

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%



For this task the assessment criteria is as follows

Work will be assessed on innovation and originality of your design concept and the attention to detail with images, process, ideas. We will be assessing the overall quality of the print and suitability of materials used in the project. Overall innovative exploration of pattern, colour and imagery needs to be contemporary and the object needs to be successfully camouflaged in the environment. The final class presentation will also be assessed on the professional quality of the powerpoint presentation and the ability to communicate the concept and design process successfully.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Overall innovation in exploration of imagery, colour and pattern 25 5 I.3
Originality of design development and concept through contemporary design references 25 2 I.1
Overall success in problem solving as a means to develop innovative prints for site specific sites 25 4 I.2
Overall quality of final print and reflection on process 25 3 P.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Individual project


The aim is of TASK 2 is to apply patterning as a methodology to observe and reinterpret a familiar route taken each day to UTS.The task is inspired by "The Architecture Survival Guide", Iain Jackson and is designed for students to engage with design principles that enhance observation and require original approaches to recording responses to a local environment. Tracing their signature over a given map will provide students with a unique route to UTS which needs to be documented through either photography, sketching or recorded as a soundscape. This information will then be realised and reinterpreted through the principles of colour and pattern into a large sacle 5-6 placement print, a one off artwork.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

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.):

I.1, I.2 and P.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

Please see assesment task on UTS online for more detail


Work will be assessed on originality and care taken in the documentation process,ie the tracing of place. We will be assessing the overall attention to detail in interpreting your field work into an original artwork, a 5-6 colour placement print. How well does the work demonstrate a sensitive/intelligent approach to composition, positive and negative space, colour balance, quality of printing, consideration of scale and quality of line work? Students will be assessed on the originality of their journal/documentation and ability to interpret their observations into a unique placement print.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Overall originality and quality of ideas researched both in in artist book and colour video 25 1 I.1
Overall innovation in developing a unique aesthetic in both project components 25 2 I.1
Overall ability to reflect on design process as a means to push boundaries and preconceptions about colour 25 3 I.2
Overall ability to demonstrate independent learning and direction in brief 25 4 P.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

To attend workshops and complete the subject tasks as required and set out in the outline. Students need to attend at least 80% of all studio workshops.

Required texts

Newark,T Camouflage, Published Thames & Hudson in association with the Imperial War Museum. London 2007

Story of Camouflage

Quinn Bradley, textile Futures, Fashion, Design and Technology, Berg Publishing, London, 2010

Recommended texts

Bachmann, I., Scheuing, R. 1998, Material matters: the art and culture of contemporary textiles. YYZ Artist' Outlet, Toronto.

Black Sandy. Knitwear in Fashion, Thames and Hudson, London, England , 2002

Bolton, Andrew, The Supermodern Wardrobe, VandA Publications,2002

Braddock, S., O'Mahony, M. c1998. Techno textiles: revolutionary fabrics for fashion and design, Thames and Hudson, London, England

Braddock, S., O'Mahony, M. c2005. Techno textiles 2: revolutionary fabrics for fashion and design, Thames and Hudson, London, England.

Cochrane Grace, Smart Works, Design and the Handmade, Powerhouse Publishing 2007

Gale, Colin and Jasbir Kaur, The Textile Book,Berg,London, 2002

Gale, Colin and Jasbir Kaur, Fashion and Textiles,Berg,London, 2004

The new Textiles trends and traditions, Thames and Hudson, London. Mc Carty and McQuaid Matilda

Under construction: exploring process in contemporary textiles. Crafts Council, London. Colchester, C. 1991,

Constantine, M., and Reuter,L., The Whole Cloth. Monacelli Press.Ny.1997.

Gec, A., What is installation? : an anthology of writings on Australian installation art, Sydney : Power Publications, 2001.

Goodden, H., 2007, Camouflage and art : design for deception in World War 2, Unicorn Press, London

Leach, N., 2006, Camouflag,e MIT Press Cambridge, Mass

Mc Carty and McQuaid, M., Surface and Structure Contemporary Japanese Textiles MOMA 1999

Mc Quaid.Extreme textiles, designing for High Performance, Thames & Hudson 2005.

McElroy, G., 2008, Razzle dazzle: the uses of abstraction: Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ont.

McNamara, A and Snelling,P.Design and Practice for printed Textiles.Oxford,Melbourne.1995

O’Mahony, Marie, Cyborg, The man-machine,Thames & Hudson,2002

Oliveira, Nicolas de.Installation art London : Thames and Hudson, 1996, c1994

Oliveira, Nicolas, de.Installation art in the new millennium: the empire of the senses, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003.

Onorato, Ronald J. Blurring the boundaries : installation art 1969-1996 essays by Hugh M. Davies, San Diego : Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997.

Staniszewski, Mary Anne The power of display : a history of exhibition installations at the Museum of Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998.

Tim Newark, T., 2007, Camouflage, Thames & Hudson, London

Wells. K, 1997, Fabric Printing and Dyeing, Conran Octupus, London.

Quinn, Bradley, Techno Fashion, Berg London, 2002

Quinn, Bradley, 2003, The Fashion of Architecture, BERG,

UK Ramakers, Renny.2002, Droog Design In Context, Rotterdam Publishers.

The House Book,2001, Phaidon Press Wells. K, 1997, Fabric Printing and Dyeing, Conran Octupus, London.

Other resources

WGSN - Library Access

Story of Camouflage

Hardy Blechman, DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material, an Encyclopedia of Camouflage, 2005


Textile View

International Textiles

Selvedge Magazine

Online references (pin access only-available from subject coordinator) http://,11710,1520669,00.html http:// http:// http:// http:// http:// http://

Online journals

Daily News Record: International

Herald Tribune: Ntouch: journal from the London Institute of Fashion.