San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Textiles in Perspective: Factory Visit & Careers
A fantastic opportunity to see the whole garment process from raw wool to finished garment in one day!
Learn about the amazing breadth of careers, courses and apprenticeships available to students keen to work in the fashion and textiles industry in the UK.
What to expect on the day:
Introduction: Dawn Foxall will introduce the day with Martin Jenkins, Head of Business Development & Apprenticeships at Textile House, giving an overview of Textile Centre of Excellence and it's aims, training and accredited courses followed by a guided tour of the centre.
Guided Tour of 4 factories & a Bespoke Tailors: You will see the full fabric and garment process from raw materials (wool in this case) through to finished garment and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about each stage and each job role and it's importance in the process.
Factories we will visit:
Camira Yarns: to see the process of taking raw sheep wool through the blending, carding, spinning and twisting process to turn it into a yarn
Antich & Sons: to see how we take the yarn and turn it into a piece of fabric through the warping and weaving process.
WT Johnson: to see how the fabric is finished using water treatment and softening to prepare it for apparel assembly.
Dugdale Bros: to see how the finished fabric is cut for suiting lengths and the way we stock/transport fabrics
Owen Scott: to see a retail outlet in the town that uses the fabric produced locally
Careers: What is the future for young people wanting to enter the clothing and textiles industry? What are the routes through to the huge variety of different jobs and careers available. There will be a Q&A session about careers and courses during the day to answer all your questions.
Benefits of the event:
- Textile industry knowledge to underpin practical work.
- Life long learning in continuing professional development.
- An awareness of career opportunities, courses and apprenticeships for all abilities.
- Better understanding of industry practices and requirements to support delivery of KS4/5
Textile Centre of Excellence
Head of Business Development & Apprenticeships
Martin has worked at the Centre for over 20 years and now oversees all client engagement across the industry. He has extensive knowledge of the skills landscape and works as our interface between business and government funding.
BA(Hons) Knitwear Design; MA
Dawn has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry including running her own design company, Cocky’s Shed, with 2 print designers; as a Design Consultant, Presenter and schools resources developer for EMTEX education projects, including founding the Designer Forum in Nottingham with Jayn Sterland. She has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; Course presenter for DATA, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers. Dawn is a co-founder of Liv.co.uk, and Lilli Design Ltd., and continues to work as a consultant designing, buying and sourcing ethical and organic products for various brands including Lush.
What teachers have said about our previous factory visit events:
- An Excellent course – Thank you so much for organising it.
- Amazing day. Very encouraging and food for thought
- Excellent idea – I have not known a course like it and ideal for the development of teachers.
- An excellent day – Many thanks!
- A great Day!
- Very inspiring day, more than I hoped for. Wonderful ladies!
- Brilliant day, very useful. Thankyou!
COSTS & BOOKING VIA EVENTBRITE: £ 165 / DAY + VAT
All of the Textile Skills Academy events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Textile Teachers Academy uses Eventbrite to automate the bookings via credit card and cheque/BACS. When you book you will receive by email a full VAT invoice/receipt.
PLEASE NOTE your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder. Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on.
If you have any queries, please ask via the Eventbrite site messaging, and leave your phone number or email so that we can contact you easily.
Save This Event
When & Where
Textiles Skills Academy
The Textiles Skills Academy brings together experienced education presenters and industry experts to deliver relevant seminars and practical workshops for Art and D&T textile teachers, to support their delivery of the curriculum.
The events are delivered by skilled teachers, trainers and industry practitioners to give an opportunity to develop classroom resources, learn new skills and network with fellow teachers.
Founded by Dawn Foxall in February 2015, the Textiles Skills Academy is now headed up by Dawn together with D&T Textiles Consultant Heidi Ambrose-Brown.
Dawn Foxall has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry as design consultant; presenter and resources developer for Schools for EMTEX; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; course presenter for The Design and Technology Association, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers.
Dawn is a co-founder of Liv.co.uk the online ethical department store, where she manages design, buying and sourcing for the Liv brand, working with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt and sourcing ethical and British made products and brands.
Heidi Ambrose-Brown worked in the textiles and fashion retail industry before training as a D&T teacher. She has taught across all specialisms at KS3 and Textiles at KS4 & 5, including BTEC Art & Design: Textiles, and also on Embroidery City & Guilds courses.
For the past 10 years, Heidi has worked as an independent D&T Textiles consultant running courses for teachers predominantly in the areas of CAD/CAM and e-textiles as well as an examiner for AQA. She has worked closely with education suppliers to develop their equipment ranges and resources and also writes and delivers for the Design & Technology Association.
Education experts working with Textiles Skills Academy include:
Louise Davies, Julie Boyd, Nicky Simpson, Julie Messenger, Kate Hufton and Tracey Goodyere.
Textiles Skills Academy Founder Dawn Foxall