The Textiles programme is based in the Darwin Building on the Kensington site, where students have their own designated studio space. To enable a variety of making skills and fabrication techniques, facilities in the Textiles programme include a fully equipped textile workshop and dye lab, industrial loom and weaving equipment, a computer studio, fabric and yarn stores, high tech digital printing machinery, and a wide variety of knitting, embroidery and mixed media machinery.
Facilities in the mixed media and sewing workshop includes various specialist machines, including single head computerised embroidery machines, flatbed and over-locking machines, a baby lock embellisher, Cornely, Omnistitch and Irish embroidery machinery, tufting machinery, Pfaff domestic sewing machines, princess pleaters, a pyrography machine and Bernina industrial and domestic machines with accessories. As well as access to a variety of pigments for dye purposes the Dye Lab provides a baking cabinet, gas rings, hand-dyeing machinery, a hydro extractor (spinner), an industrial washing machine, large high-speed mixers, small/medium and large dye winches, a steamer, steam boilers, steam heated dye vats, and tumble dryers. The dedicated knit and weave floor has an aqua vac, cone-winding machine, dubied knitting machines, hank winding machine, domestic and industrial knitting machines including an industrial Shima Seiki unit with a brand new one arriving by the end of 2015. There is also a powered yarn winder, steam press, yarn store, computerised hand looms an industrial jacquard power loom with APSO software, a dobby power loom, fan heater, filter cabinet, and powered and hand warping mills. The printmaking workshop provides a printing table for large scale screen printing, high tech digital printing facilities, a Mimaki, high-pressure wash units, small and large transfer presses, light boxes and a screen exposure unit.
By arrangement, students are also able to, and encouraged to use workshops and facilities in other Schools within the College. As well as College-wide facilities such as the Library and Drawing Studio.
- Resource Stores – Free hire of lens based media and AV equipment
- College Shop and Print Shop - Sells a variety of graphics and art supplies, wood and acrylic, stationary and paper to meet student’s daily needs at the College and provides various high quality large format inkjet printing in colour, grey scale and black and white available at both Kensington and Battersea sites
- Raw Materials Workshop - The workshop provides a cutting service for students and dispenses wood, plastics and metal sold through the College Shop and free hire of a selection of power tools and ladders
- Darwin Workshops – Model making and bench areas, wood workshops, metal fabrication and welding, a resin studio, spray booth, a synthetic clay studio and vacuum forming as well as general 3D making support
- Digital Aided Making - Provides subtractive manufacturing support for laser cutting, CNC machining and plasma cutting
- RapidformRCA - Rapidform provides a wide range of high-end additive layer technology for rapid prototyping, 3d scanning and software processes
- Ceramics and Glass - Facilities in the new Woo Building in Battersea includes areas for hot glass making, cold glass working, kiln forming, plaster model and mould making, plastic clay making as well as clay and glaze development
- Jewellery and Metal - Also in the Woo building are processes available such as anodising, CAD/CAM-milling, computer modelling and rapid prototyping, casting, electro-forming, enamelling, forging, tool making, patination, plating, presswork, spark erosion and laser, MIG and TIG welding
- Fashion - Workshops include a fabric stockroom, a dedicated fashion computer studio, a wide variety of specialist sewing machinery, for both apparel and footwear, as well as dummies and finishing presses
- Painting and Sculpture - Materials workshops are provided for painting as well as a stretcher service and well equipped metal and wood workshops
- Lens Based Media and Audio - There are a variety of photography, animation and moving image studios that provide filming, lighting, sound, workshops, studio bookings as well as printing and scanning
- The Foundry - Supports a wide range of metal casting techniques including plaster and silicon rubber mould making for foundry work, lost wax work, ceramic shell investment, direct burn-outs, ludo investments, clay bond and CO2 sand moulding, melting, fettling cast work, tig welding, metal finishing, metal melting and pouring
- Printmaking - Comprise of etching, lithography, intaglio, screen printing and letterpress areas. With a digital suite comprising of large format digital printing and reprographics workshop
*Please note that access to some of these facilities are subject to an induction and academic need.
"The students have access to an impressive range of facilities across the College, from glass-blowing, to rapid-prototyping, to textile weaving, to printmaking, to photography and film studios."