Otago Polytechnic

Textiles night class


Dunedin School of Art (P block, Riego Street)

One weekly session per term: Wednesdays, 6.00-8.00pm

On campus 

Various - see term dates to the left for options
anytime. If you would like to ensure that you can return to a course the following term(s), please submit your first application and you will then be given the option to apply for other terms.
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2018

Explore a variety of techniques associated with textiles and develop the skills and ability to translate these to fabric through a textiles-based project.

During the year we will be looking at various ways to work with fabric. We will explore many ways of adding colour and texture to fabrics. Some things we will cover are how to use dyes to do Tie Dyeing/Shibori, which can be explored using clothing such as tee shirts, socks or some fabric to make scarves, bags etc. These techniques can also be used when using different dyeing processes such as natural dyeing using plants and foods to colour fabric.

You will also be able to explore various types of printing, stamping, and a many other ways of working with fabrics together with learning several different ways to make designs throughout the year. The fabrics can be later used to explore some Hand and Machine sewing which could include sewing small items for gifts, Quilting, Hand and Machine Embroidery.

Sound, safe, sustainable workroom/workshop practice will be demonstrated throughout the course.

2018 term dates 
Term one 19 February - 20 April (no classes Easter week (2-6 April)  
Term two 7 May - 29 June
Term three 16 July - 7 September 
Term four 17 September - 9 November

Please note: There will be no classes on public holidays.

Class content
  • Exploration and experimentation in the use of textiles
  • Textile-based design project.

The Textiles Studio and Dye Lab is well-equipped and provides a safe and sociable working environment. 

Class cost includes basic workshop materials such as rags, newsprint, photo emulsion and screen cleaner, some textile inks and dyes and the use of class equipment such as basic sewing tools, screens and squeegees, sewing machines and screen print tables. 

Requirements for the first night:

  • an old shirt or apron to cover your clothing
  • a box of disposable gloves
  • a notebook and pencil
  • a box of Snaplock Sandwich plastic bags
  • a dust mask.

Please expect to pay for some further textile printing inks and dyes beyond those used in technical demonstrations. Costs depend on the quantity of ink/dye needed for individual projects. Please pay by cash or cheque directly to the tutor. 

For the first class, please bring some cartridge paper. 

Please note: You must wear closed/covered toe shoes in the Textiles Studio.


All art night classes are held at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.


This class will be run by Karen Walton. 


For enquiries, please email Artnightclass@op.ac.nz



While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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