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Creativity in Design

Full Day workshop - Two day workshop available. Students will be taught how to gain pattern work and original design from their own themed starting point. From observational drawing and mark making into pattern collage, and small fabric samples using hand print techniques, such as dyes, batik, fabric crayons, fabric pens, 3d paints, fabric paints etc. If a two day course the students could then start to use embroidery, applique, pleating effects. This is a really good opportunity for students to attack initial concepts and design development links for NCEA without the time constraints of a lesson.

Artist Information

Deborah Ratcliffe


Phone: 07 8248655

Email: debbierat@hotmail.com


BA (hons) Textile Design, PGCE Design and Technology.
Fully registered NZ Secondary School Teacher. I have worked full time as Teacher of Technology up to NCEA L3 including Achievement Standards.
Member of the Fibre Arts group, Hamilton.
Exhibiting work and performing workshops at Twin Rivers Art Gallery, Ngaruawahia.
Trained handloom and Jacquard weaver, and Textile Artist, exploring art in textile form.
I love all types of printing, dye effects, multi media collage.
Surface Pattern, repeat patterns, applied design - a speciality.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Visual Arts

Topics or Genres of Expertise: multi media collage, surface pattern techniques, textile art.

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Waikato


2008 - February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Space and Resources Required: Materials

Indicative Costs:

  • $40 per hour
  • $NA per student
  • Travel: 0.65 p/km
  • Materials: $40

Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: according to student theme/context


Teacher of Technology Hamilton Girls High School 2007

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

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