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
    19 September 2018

These classes will explore applying colour, images and texture onto fabric. We will be experimenting and exploring with a combination of techniques through the application of colour, sewing, and designing.  The combination of techniques will vary with each term.

During the year we will be looking at various ways to work with fabric, while exploring 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 t-shirts, socks or some fabric to make scarves and 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 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. Students will also be able to explore techniques they may be interested in, extend skills they already have, and are able to work on their individual projects during classes.

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 bags and a dust mask. For the first class, please bring some cartridge paper. 


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
  • cartridge paper.

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. 

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 Karyn Walton. 

Karyn resides in Dunedin and graduated at Otago Polytechnic with a Certificate of Couture, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Masters of Fine Arts. She has worked extensively with several designers on fashion-based projects and has exhibited both locally and overseas. Her classes are packed with information and will encourage the students to extend themselves and explore other avenues to enrich their own work. Karyn enjoys working with collage techniques combining digital imagery with her painted and dyed fabrics to produce mixed media pieces that have a multi layered surface. As a teacher she encourages her students to work with design techniques that encourage creative expression, originality and to grow within themselves together with an unlimited supply of knowledge and skills in a friendly sharing environment.


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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