Fabric Design Basics
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Fabric Design Basics



Times: 9.00-4.00 (weekdays), 10.00-5.00 (weekends)
Duration: 1 day
Includes: Ink pour, crash course in Photoshop Elements plus your designs to take away on a USB
Does not include: Fabric
Cost: £95

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Times: 9.00-4.00 (weekdays), 10.00-5.00 (weekends)
Duration: 1 day
Includes: Ink pour, crash course in Photoshop Elements plus your designs to take away on a USB
Does not include: Fabric
Cost: £95

You’re reading this because you want to try something different and at Ministry of Upholstery we love to challenge you to think outside the box. This course has been designed as a prelude to some of our other courses or as a course in its own right. If you’re undertaking one of the following courses, then you can add on this one day design course in order to create your own unique fabric design. Alternatively you can just come along for this one day and see where it leads you!

During this one day design crash-course we are going to show you how to create a pattern called  ‘Reflect and Repeat’, which will hopefully inspire you to believe that you don’t have to be a great illustrator or painter to design; you just have to have imagination, vision and a love to experiment.

The first part of the workshop will be all about getting messy and creating an ink pour. It’s a fool proof way of creating a stunning piece of art, from which you can then start your first design.

The second part of the workshop will be computer based. Here we will introduce you to Photoshop Elements. Photoshop is the world’s best imaging and graphic design software and is the go-to tool for every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. Our tutor will introduce you to the basics and how to create a canvas. As a starting point you will use your ink pour and, working as a group, will use Photoshop Elements to experiment with this to create your unique fabric; opening your mind to the world of pattern design.

You’ll then be encouraged to incorporate elements from your own photos, which you will send ahead of the course. These can be photos of your child, your pet, landscapes, your own sketches, doodles or artwork. You’ll be shown how to import, manipulate and layer your images. The rest of your time will be spent freestyling your way to a finished design; experimenting and developing your Photoshop skills at the same time as honing your finished designs.

You will conclude the day by formatting your finished design to the size of your chosen project or a one metre by 130cm panel, if you don’t have a project in mind.

The fabric

You can choose from three different fabric types, onto which we can print your finished design:

  • ‘Surface Velvet – a matt velvet – £31
  • ‘Rise Velvet’ – a shimmer velvet – £35
  • ‘Touch’ – a linen feel fabric – £31

All of our fabrics are upholstery grade, superior quality and comply with UK fire regulations. You will be invoiced for your fabric choice separately.

The small print

IMPORANT – If you are designing a fabric for one of our upholstery courses, then You MUST ensure that your design day is at least one week before your scheduled upholstery course, to enable us to print your fabric.

All artwork and rights are owned by you; the maker and will be available to take away on a USB.

A word about our design tutor

For this course we have teamed up with the mighty design powerhouse that is Beth Travers from Bobo1325. Beth’s designs have seen her reap praise from the industry. She is distinctive, eye-catching and not to be missed. You can view Beth’s work via her website www.bobo1325.com.

Surface pattern encompasses so many design disciplines from graphic illustration, fine art and photography to textile design. We believe in pushing the boundaries and utilising these concepts to create unique designs, because…why not? There are so many types of pattern and aspects of design.

All of Bobo1325’s designs are constructed from illustrations, textures, mixed media and photography. It takes the designs to the next level, they become a journey of discovery rather than a flat pretty design. It’s a story. After all anything is possible in this digital age!


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