GCSE TEXTILES 2014. The Written Exam – 2 sections. Section A This asks you to design a textile product. The exam board will give some information on the theme and design context. Approximately 25% of the paper marks are for Section A. Section B
The Written Exam – 2 sections
This asks you to design a textile product. The exam board will give some information on the theme and design context. Approximately 25% of the paper marks are for Section A.
These questions will be based on the subject content listed in your revision booklets. It will test your subject knowledge and understanding and is worth about 75% of the paper marks.
This gives you a focus for your revision, but does not include everything you need to revise.
Analysing the exam preparation sheet is an important starting point for your revision.
It contains the inspirational themeand the design context for Section A.
This year they are:
GCSE TEXTILES 2014
Products for teenagers
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iPad, Notebook, Laptop.
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Possible textile products
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Hat, scarf, gloves
You may well be asked to write a design specification for it so think of a TARGET MARKET a specific PURPOSE OR FUNCTION
Price: this might depend on where your product is to be sold – exclusive boutique or supermarket?
Be original with these . . . .
…criteria that your design needs to meet...how could you meet these criteria?
Visual appeal, colour, wow factor.
Is it …
Or it could be a blend of fibres – E.g. Polycotton
Is it …
...could be a PILE WEAVE
Include parts that can be removed and replaced with Velcro or poppers – shape matching etc?
Make the product multi-functional, reversible, original.
Incorporate electronics that use a hidden battery power source to activate, e.g. Sounds, lights or movement device
Include alphabets letters/ words/ numbers/ foreign language
Include SMART fabrics that react to heat or light. E.g. Change colour with heat
Include different textured fabrics. Feature linings?
..Please, DO NOT forget components! or poppers – shape matching etc?
Visit a local store and have a good look a the wide range of textiles components available.
And Decorative Techniques!! or poppers – shape matching etc?
CAD Machine Embroidery
Free Machine Embroidery
Section A is usually worth about 25% of the marks but this is the part that you can almost guarantee good marks for if you prepare well!
Start your design work NOW! Do more research if you wish, think of a few ideas and start sketching; LABELLING AND THINKING as you go!
Show your prepared ideas to me and we can discuss how to develop them to increase your chances of high marks in this section.....
Remember, examiners will be seeing about 350 papers, one after the other so make yours stand out with a good idea! Something different will always do well (as long as you stick to the design brief )
Good luck is the part that you can almost guarantee good marks for if you prepare well!
Mrs Sherriff and Mrs Stringer