Young Designers’ Portfolio Workshop

Aged 12-18 and curious about design? Improve your creative skills with this three-day workshop on fashion and mixed-media textiles.

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Join us for a 3-day workshop for Young Designers, the sessions will be jam-packed and full of exciting and experiential processes and techniques. Participants will take inspiration from the current exhibition and create a body of work that could be used for your portfolios, sketchbook work and independent projects.

Over the three days, you will explore experimental drawing techniques, collage, screen printing with paper stencils and exposed screens, repeat patterns, fashion illustration, designing on mini mannequins, stitch, sketchbook work and designing mood boards for your portfolios. You will also have a private tour of the exhibition and a garment-handling session delivered by the museum team. You are welcome to focus on a personal project and develop this for your portfolios or use the existing content designed especially for the workshop.

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

Topics covered

Day 1

  • Introduction to the course
  • Private tour of the current exhibition
  • Experimental Textile drawing workshop in the gallery, Repeat Pattern, Collage, Making paper stencils

Day 2

  • Material and garment handling session with Museum staff
  • Screen print onto fabric using paper stencils

Day 3

  • Fashion Illustration
  • Screen printing with exposed screens
  • Screen print onto a garment
  • Sketchbook work


  • Experiment with textile processes such as learning to draw and screen printing
  • Be experiential and explore material manipulation. Understand colour and pattern and how to use it 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

Please don’t buy anything – see what you have at home.

Please bring with you to the course:

  • Pencil case
  • A new sketchbook
  • Fabric to screen print onto
  • A garment from home to screen print onto
  • If working on your own project, please provide your own reference images

About the tutor

Nicole Line (@nicolelineworkshops) is an artist and textile tutor based in London, she graduated from University for the Creative Arts in Farnham in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Textiles. She holds a PGCert (2016) and a Master’s degree (2018) in Creative Education and founded Nicole Line Workshops in 2014. Nicole teaches mixed-media textiles such as Screen Printing, Heat Press Printing and Experimental Drawing. Nicole is also a lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts Epsom, teaching BA, Foundation and International students.


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 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 visit, there is plenty to choose from. For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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