GCSE Textiles Coursework Checklist Use the following sheets to hel p you i mprove and complete your coursework Section 1: Describes work that woul d be gi ven an A grade. Section 2: Gui dance of the type of work that shoul d be produced. Section 3: some hel p notes from the examiners. Section 4: You may write notes and tick off work completed and checked by me. Assessment Criteria Content Notes Deadlines/ Completion Analysis of Context and Task: AO1 Highlight the key words or phrases. Investigating Describe exactly what you have been asked the design to do. opportunity Start with a mind map, keep this small! Write a list of what you need to know Research needs to be planned; it must before you can begin designing. be relevant to the design brief and Plan your research activities. carried out intelligently. Sources: Retail outlets/ fabric suppliers or shops/ The examiners are looking for quality charity shops (analysing products)/ magazines/ rather than quantity so try to keep this prediction reports/ museums/ books/ paintings/ photos/ to no more than four pages. target group/ client/ designers/ buyers/library You must use at least five sources of resources/ internet/ catalogue. relevant information. Research methods and information: Moodboard: shapes; colour; decoration; pattern; style; design theme; historical reference; components; fabrics Comparative shop report: prices; fabrics; range; sizes; colour ways; components; pattern; style; target market. Analysis of relevant existing products :Look In order to thoroughly analyse a product at 1-2 products draw them then analyse the it must be in front of you, you need to following: colour; shape; styling; fabrics; be able to look at it closely inside and components; decorative techniques; out finding out if the fabric has been construction methods; finishing techniques; altered with the aid of stiffeners, lining special features; size; price; labelling; quality of used and why, stitch details such as top all components including fabric; packaging: stitching, is this for finish or added analyse against end use; note any health and strength? Draw it in detail. safety considerations or features; new Link your comments and findings to technologies used. your specified target market or client; Custome r profile: Likes and dislikes of function; marketability and aesthetics of consumers; design and performance the product. requirements of consumer; aesthetic issues; If you include an interview carefully cost, colour, range issues; moral and work out what you are trying to find out environmental issues; health and safety that you could not using one of the requirements. other sources. Make sure it is relevant. Analysis of the research: The research analysis can be laid out Summarise your design task. in a table. This is easily read and What you need the research to answer or understood. For higher grades an tell you? extended piece of writing (6-10 What research did you carry out and how? paragraphs) would be advisable. Why did you choose to use these research Be very clear as to how it will help with methods? (pros and cons) the next stage of the process. Describe What did you find out from each research what you have found out and how this task? can aid designing. How will this inform your design The research must be analysed NOT specification? described. This can be done as a table Summarise your findings. or sectioned sheet. Design Specification: Use most or all of the following It is worth noting that the examine rs headings: (for each one refer to your research analysis) produced a list of successful products Function/ purpose: What is it; what and/ or and less successful ones: who is it for; what should its key features be? Successful products: garment (top/ skirt/ Aesthetics: colour; shape; pattern; fit; drape; dress); accessories (bags/ hats); wall detailing hanging; 3D clock; intricate cushions. Theme and design inspiration: era; artists work; Less successful products : Ball gown; cultural influences etc. apron; scarf; tie; fleece hat; sarong; duvet Target Market/ Consumer requirements: cover; throw; screen; bean bag; play mat gender; age; price bracket; need; fashion trend; for a baby. demand; season; The examiners also noted that they were Range content (if applicable) looking for products that demonstrated a Performance require ments : Function variety of skills: decorative techniques; requirements for intended use (strength; finish; altering the appearance and elasticity; durability; heat retention; behaviour of the fabric; manipulating the breathability; storage; reflective) Care issues. fabric with the use of pleating; folding; stiffening; dyeing; padding; layering etc. Time and resources: Available time for production; Resources available; cost of fabrics, They mentioned additions such as buckles; components, equipment and specialist tassels; ties; pockets; inserts etc. knowledge for production; Include images; fabrics and sketches at Value issues: Reference to moral; environmental; sustainability and social issues. this stage it will show you already understand the theme and task. Details: Include decisions made on finish; NOTE: There may be information or style; size etc. details concerning the task that you Health and Safety: Risk assessments during already know. Explain this and then do testing and manufacture; Consumer rights need not research it. to be addressed ( labelling and product safety) Life expectancy: What is it and why? Scale of production: Prototype; batch; one- off; mass production? AO2 Initial Ideas Produce 1-2 sheets of sketches annotating each idea The examiners stated very strongly that Development of Wide range of distinct proposals: they were looking for quality of design the Design On sheet one produce sketches that show rather than quantity. Proposals detail, seams, how the product will sit, fall, They award high marks for: sketches (Including function. that show imagination and original modelling) Hint at colour for each idea. thought; link closely to the design spec; On the second s heet show ideas in more detail. are feasible; varied; annotation on Back/ side views should be done now. function and detail; some colour; Convey your thinking through annotation for fabrics suggested; front and back views. each idea. Remember the product is more Label the sketches showing your knowledge of important than a sheet with beautiful appropriate textile terms e.g.: finishes; detailed figures. components; structural components; decorative It can be useful to add in any images techniques. that directly inspired a design idea. This Include close up drawings of decoration; shows very definite thinking. You may fastenings; stitch details etc. already have a sample that has inspired Summarise and evaluate each idea, relate this a design so add this to the sheet. to the specification. Always remember your thought State very clearly which idea or combination processes are very important. of ideas you will be developing and why. NB: One large product with minimal but good skills will not achieve such a high grade as a smaller product showing more skills and techniques. Design Development Produce 6-8 sheets for the development of the final solution: On your first sheet: Produce mind maps to help rule out inappropriate choices so that you only test details that could feasibly be used. Then write a list of details that will need to be investigated and tested, state why This is the most important part of the and how you will do this. Think about the following: process and will take a long time. Shape, style and size of product Show your thinking on paper. The Components examiners give high marks to students Fabrics who show their knowledge of the Decorative techniques subject. This is your opportunity to Construction methods demonstrate what you know about the Environmental/ sustainability/ social/ moral fitting; putting together; function; issues aesthetic appeal of the product. Health and safety Only include relevant samples. You Aftercare may find that through this process you On the sheets that follow carry out the investigation come up with an idea not thought of and technique samples evaluating as you go. Try to before, this is fine but you must explain include actual components and fabrics. Include price; your thinking clearly. where you got it from and any other relevant Keep including images that inspire information. Show your thought processes and shape; colour; detail and even the mood particularly how one test led onto another. of the product. Produce detailed drawings showing how the Refer to how CAM could be used in the idea is being developed. Annotate these production of the product even if a drawings and any other work with evaluation specific piece of equipment is not notes and any feedback from target market and available egPrinting; embroidery; laser specialists NOTE: Through these drawings and cutting; buttonhole production; annotation ask ‘why and how?’ for each detail: labelling. colour; shape; pattern; pockets; decoration; size CAD can be used at this point to etc. demonstrate alternative colour ways etc. Produce paper and/or fabric samples at this Make sure your product reflects currant stage to see if your thinking will work. Take trends, if it does not then alter it. photos of this and include them. Remember the use of smart materials, Produce samples of possible techniques, use fabrics and dyes. fabrics and colours that closely relate to your design ideas. These must be well carried out and demonstrate your skills. Show how they will be incorporated into the design. Use star diagrams to evaluate the development. Commercial patterns: If you are On the final development sheet produce a very detailed drawing for your product from going to use one then research different angles. Show everything you’ve that now. Do not wait until the learned and gained from your development and design is complete as you may sampling work. Correct components; stitching details; colour; fabrics; style details etc should find there is nothing available all be included. Annotate these drawings. and you have to radically change On this sheet include colour options and your design. possible additions to a range. Testing: use drawings and photos to show the changes and explain why they had to be made. E.g. you trialled digital embroidery and then found the results were better and more professional when done free hand on a sewing machine or your bag design had a front pocket but after modelling it looked too bulky and was uncomfortable to carry. Manufacturing Specification On this sheet produce detailed drawings showing different views of the product. From the Manufacturing Specification Annotate the drawings with any notes that may someone else should be able to make be helpful for production particularly your product. Therefore the details and measurements. drawings must show all the details. Include: fabric swatches; stitch details (sample); components; costings; sources; decorative details; specialist equipment and a Your paper patterns/ templates and care label. toiles (prototype) will be assessed in this section AO3 Production Plan Produce a rough plan that can be added Making From your modelling and commercial pattern to and altered as you go along then a (if you are using one) produce a flow chart final correct sequence for your folder. showing how the product will be put together. Refer to pages101 and 113 in the text Remember to use the correct shape for each book. step: Action; Quality control checks; Examiners commented on how students movement; input (equipment and materials) copy word for word from a text book. output (product). A sub-assembly line may be Avoid this at all costs. It is better to needed to produce pockets or a decorated have less information and it being all section. your own work. You may like to produce a chart showing how you managed your time during the production. However, do not use a whole page. If you have to, shrink it to fit onto the production plan. Photographic Diary Take photos as you produce your product. This If CAM is not available for the is very important as it can help you get extra production of your product then say marks. Particularly take pictures when you are how it would be done if the equipment doing something complicated or something that were available or how it would be done needs specialist equipment. in industry. Keep this record as you go along. Annotate the resulting sheet. Changes made: This is not where you The following are good ways to show changes say you ran out of time or the sewing made : machine would not work. Even with the most thoroughly planned product it can This is a good opportunity to gain extra be necessary to make changes during the final marks. The examiner will be looking production. Mistakes can be made, a slip with scissors for a mature and imaginative response and the result is a hole. This can be turned into a to problems and the subsequent need for feature, contrasting fabric can be put behind and a changes. decorative stitch used. The iron could be too hot and a Remember: Always put your thoughts burn could result. The mark could be covered with and actions down on paper, justify embroidery or a pocket. The changes may not be the changes. result of a mistake it may be for aesthetic reasons. A panel in a wall hanging needs more detail or decorative Your product needs to have a degree of stitches enhanced your bag strap. complexity. Even if a product is Your product must show case a variety of skills, beautifully made if it is simple you will they must be: not get a high grade. Appropriate Varied Eye catching Skilful and consistent Show the use of modern technology Used/ carried out safely This is an example of a high grade product: NB: A high grade will not be A wall hanging with shaped, hand dyed machine embroidered and beaded tabs. The tabs gained if you use a commercial are secured to the hanging with a covered pattern with no changes or button. The bottom edge of the wall hanging is modifications. wavy in shape. There are hand made tassels hanging from this edge. The design on the wall hanging is based on the work of Gustav Klimt. There are a variety of textures achieved by the use of dying, pleating, embroidery, appliqué, layering, beading and burning. The patterns were made by the student. For the highe r grades your product must be: Complete (therefore do not over stretch yourself, keep the product small) Well finished (overlocker used if appropriate) Secure sewing No raw edges (unless part of the design!) Fit for purpose Relate to the design specification Aesthetically pleasing Function as intended In line with health and safety guidelines Ethically produced, where possible Cost effective AO4 Test: Testing is done throughout the project. You will already have tested techniques, fabrics etc. Your Testing and finished product will need to be tested also. Below are Evaluating suggestions for completing this: At the development stage you will have produced samples of techniques including: The product and how you get to the seams; decorative techniques; components; finished item is what the examiners details such as pockets and fastenings. Test want to know about. Do not evaluate these against your design specification and the project, they do not want to know if record the results as you go along. you enjoyed shopping for fabric or liked During the making of your product tests can be using a particular sewing machine! carried out. These will be your quality control tests. To gain high marks you will be Once your product is made you will need to test constantly asking yourself questions it. This can be done in two ways. The first test about what you are doing and making is against the design specification. Produce a changes or modifications as you go chart with four headings: Specification along. criteria; Test; Result/ findings; Modification. The examiners like the use of testing by The second is to test the product carrying out real and potential end users. ‘user trials’. Take photos of the product being They also suggest the use of consulting used or worn and get feedback. Ask about: the buyers; designers and teachers. fit; colour; function; value for money etc. All evaluation needs to state Record these findings and maybe produce star modifications in the light of findings. diagrams. No product is ‘perfect’ and this is a Evaluation: Your work needs to be evaluated as you useful way to show your mature go along. You will need to do a final evaluation of the thinking. finished product. This will be a sheet including photos The examiners like to see comparisons of your product. Include: made with an appropriate commercial Comparison with a similar commercial product. product. Talk about the following in relation to your product: Is it safe for the end user? Is it made to a high standard? Will it sell for the correct price? Does it fulfil the design task? Are the materials appropriate and do the work well? Are the components satisfactory? Is the product as you intended it? Is it aesthetically appealing? Will the end user be satisfied with the product? Does the product have a low impact on the environment? What modifications would be needed to the product if it were to be batch or mass produced for industry? For each of these you will need to fully explain and discuss final decisions. Your product must closely reflect the: Design task Target market Design Specification Final drawing of the product The evaluation is your chance to explain how your product satisfies these criteria. All sections in the specification must be met if you are to attain the high grades. AO5 In your folder use different types of presentation and The examiners are very clear that the communication styles as appropriate. You might like to over use of decoration on your work is a Communication use the following: waste of time and will not gain you Quick sketches to show initial thinking marks. They do say, however, that ICT to show alternative colour ways simple and related imagery and colour ICT for recording results is useful and shows you understand and Collage to show a number of ideas in a small are relating to the context and theme of space your task.. Reduce the size of your work, particularly time The examiners are looking for charts, production plans, mind maps, communication that a third party will Use charts and tables, these are easy to read and understand what you are doing, how are helpful for project development. you are doing it and the results of that Try to avoid too much of your own hand work.. writing this can look messy and is not as easy to Do not leave blank paper, this makes read as word processed. work look unfinished. Filling the page Scan in patterns and drawings, manipulate always makes it look more exciting. these, flip and repeat for interesting effects. Try Each page should be easy to read, flow out the negative of an image, repeat a detail from one to the next and exciting, such as an eye. Play with the shape, stretch and conveying your thinking and ideas. repeat. The examiners want to see original and Use actual fabrics and components, always exciting ideas. displaying professionally. Notes on a quality product: A quality product: Your product must be safe; appropriate for its intended use; aesthetically pleasing; be able to be sold at a correct price; made to agreed standards. Quality Assurance: In order for the quality of your product to be assured you will need to have in place set tests. Use the following: (some of these will need to be added into your production plan and others at designing and testing stages) Monitor materials used for: flaws and colour variations. Set tolerance levels for length and size e.g. the length has to be no more that 2cms out each way. Tests for the function of the product See page 113 in the text book for an example of Checks for the equipment this. Testing against the specification at the design stage Checks at specific stages in the production Quality Control: It is important that during the production of your product the quality is being monitored. You will need to create feedback loops in the plan. Once a short stage is complete ask yourself a question e.g. Are the sleeves the same length? Then create a loop to go back to the previous stage if the answer is no for the stage to be redone. If the answer is yes then you will obviously carry on with the production plan. Quality of Written Communication (A maximum of 6 marks are available) An assessment for the quality of written communication shown in the completed design folder will be made separately from the designing grade. Your work should: Show information clearly and logically and present your work using an appropriate form: the colour of the pages a logo or image used that relates to the theme; break the sheets down using boxes. It is important that your work is eye catching and consistent, however, it should not take too long to produce and above all it is easy to understand and read. The text must be legible. Try not to use hand writing as this can look unprofessional and messy. Word processing is always the preferred option. You must spell, punctuate and use the rules of grammar accurately, enabling the meaning to be clearly understood.
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