Young Designers’ Portfolio Workshop

Learn the basic principles of surface design and design mood boards for your portfolio in this workshop, especially for young designers.

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Join us for a 3-day workshop for Young Designers, with sessions jam-packed with exciting and experiential processes and techniques. Participants will take inspiration from the current exhibition, Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern and create a body of work that could be used in their portfolios, sketchbook work and independent projects.

This course is open to 12-18 year olds who are curious about design, willing to take risks and have a specialist interest in fashion and textiles. This workshop would also be useful for students who are thinking of applying for further studies and need to improve their creative skills.

Throughout the three days, you will learn the basic principles of surface design, including how to draw, design textile samples, collaborate and make a paper garment for the body, and design mood boards for your portfolios.

Participants are welcome to focus on a personal project or theme and develop this for their portfolios or use the existing exhibition content created especially for this workshop. No previous experience is necessary but ideally, you would have an interest in fashion or mixed media textiles.

Topics Covered

Day 1

  • Introduction to the course
  • Tour of Kaffe Fassett’s exhibition
  • Experimental Textile drawing workshop

Day 2

  • Material and garment handling session
  • Workshop - Experimental Fashion Illustration
  • Workshop - Heat Press: Sublimation Printing

Day 3

  • Designing mood boards for portfolios
  • Making Sketchbooks
  • Collaborative project - Designing a Garment


  • Experiment with textile processes such as using the heat press and learning to draw.
  • Be experiential and explore material manipulation.
  • Understand colour and pattern and how to use them within textile design.
  • Use visual research as a source of inspiration for your designs.
  • Articulate creative ideas, verbally and practically.
  • Create a body of work for your sketchbooks, portfolios and independent projects.
  • Work collaboratively and independently.
  • Be constructive about your work and present ideas to the group.

Materials and equipment

You will need to bring a pencil case, sketchbook, a T-shirt to print onto (avoid dark colours and patterned surfaces) and if you’re working on your own project or theme, please provide your own images printed out.

All other materials will be provided but if you have any of the following at home, do bring them along: scrap fabric, buttons and beads, or interesting papers to draw onto.


The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, please do not visit.

Confirmation email: Once you have made a booking, you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the information you will need prior to your workshop. You will also receive a reminder email one week prior to your workshop.

Registration: Please check your confirmation email for the registration time of your workshop. If the registration time for your workshop is before 11am, please ring the intercom on arrival. For health and safety reasons, it is not possible to admit participants earlier than the registration time.

On arrival: Upon entry, please present your ticket(s) on your device or a note of your booking reference number.

Eating and drinking: No food or drink is permitted in the Museum, other than bottled water. The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Street, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs. So if you would like to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your session, check out what’s on offer.

For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern

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