Exciting Design Technology Spring Updates

Year 12 Bath Board Project

This term, Year 12 students have been completing their bath board projects. The students’ remit was to utilise minimal material whilst crafting an adaptive design, developed using cutting-edge CAD software, and card modelling techniques to create their own unique designs. The card models were cut by hand and on the laser cutters, and the orthographic and isometric projections were drawn up using solid works, 3D CAD design software.  One aspect of the project was the students' development of innovative joining methods. Instead of relying on traditional methods such as glue or nails, the students explored alternative ways to connect the different pieces of their bath boards.  Bamboo was used as the main material for the bath boards, emphasising the students' commitment to sustainability, being a highly renewable resource that grows quickly and requires minimal water and pesticides to thrive. By choosing to use bamboo, the students not only reduced their environmental impact, but also promoted the use of sustainable materials in product design.  Each student was able to create a unique design and personalised outcomes responding to the needs of their clients.  The Year 12 bath board project was a resounding success, showcasing the students' creativity, critical thinking skills, and commitment to sustainability.


Year 10

Year 10 Textiles students have been inspired by the rich history and culture of Japan, particularly the traditional kimonos, which are known for their elegant and intricate designs. Using their understanding of design principles, students have carefully selected and combined patterns to create unique and visually stunning kimonos using sublimation painting techniques. This involves transferring dyes onto fabric using heat and pressure, resulting in a vivid and permanent design. The obi belts, which are wide sashes worn around the waist to cinch the kimono, were created using their skills in hand embroidery, they have incorporating traditional Japanese motifs such as cherry blossoms into their designs. The students have experimented with different colour combinations and techniques to create one-of-a-kind obi belts that complement their kimonos perfectly. The kimonos and obi belts created by the students showcase their creativity, and passion for textiles. They serve as a beautiful fusion of Japanese tradition and modern design, showcasing the endless possibilities of textile art.


Dress A Girl Around the World

The Year 10 Textiles students were given the assignment of creating and producing an ensemble for the 'Dress a Girl Around the World' initiative. Throughout their course, our students acquire a diverse set of textile skills, including gathering, binding, and digital embroidery, to craft their ultimate masterpiece.  Over the years, our students have consistently produced remarkable and polished creations that have been generously donated to the charity. Presently, our current Year 10 students are diligently working on their dresses, and we eagerly anticipate unveiling their final pieces in the near future.


Year 7 Pewter Cast Charms

Year 7 students were busy this term producing stunning pewter cast charms. These charms featured intricate designs, including whimsical animals and detailed floral patterns, showcasing the students' artistic abilities. The process of casting pewter and meticulously finishing each charm required the students to demonstrate patience, precision, and a strong attention to detail resulting in a captivating collection of charms.

Bamboo Bath Boards
Pewter Cast Charms