Explore Collaborations: Barbour target a new fashion market

5Reflect

Tutor's reflections on the Collaboration

Tutors were asked the following questions to allow them to consider what has been learnt by running this collaborative project.

What benefits did you as a tutor perceive students had gained from the collaborative project?

Tutor 1 womenswear – the students learned most about the design process from concept to execution, outside pressure makes them much sharper to those requirements. They did learn about the technicalities of dealing with the cloth.

Tutor 2 womenswear – the students learned how to design something for a target market, manufacture for a brand and learn about manufacturing by utilising the technical processes that the brand and company uses already. They probably learned how to be creative but also to meet the collaborators needs.

Tutor 3 menswear – they learned about further refinement of detailing, putting linings in, managing their time to produce a total outfit as opposed to one item. They now understand what goes into an outfit in preparation for final year.

Tutor 4 textiles – the results were impressive and feedback from Barbour was very positive. The fabric was difficult to work with as it had water repellant properties reducing the design possibilities dramatically. The waxed surface changed the colour of an applied print and moved also in printing. Stitching onto the surface removed the waterproof properties of the fabric.

If you were to run this project again, what would you change or improve?

Tutor 1 womenswear - we were trying to design fro a market rather than have a ‘blue skies’ type of approach so we had to compromise – everyone (the academic staff) may have been misguided, maybe it was not necessarily the right way, on reflection. You really don’t know until the results are out and the project is complete. The constraints were the waxed fabric and its limitations, there were lots of technical issues because of this.

Tutor 2 womenswear – more garment finishes and sampling was required because of the nature of the waxed cotton and the technicians supported this. We didn’t let students venture too far from the brief. This was all to do with timing and the product that had to be created, a close eye was kept on meeting the demands of the external collaborators.

Tutor 3 menswear – there were not enough ‘speculative’ design statements in silhouette. It seemed a little restrained, we went with it, though, because of the time factor – sometimes the chance for lateral thought and experimentation isn’t there. Due to the timing we had to produce a product and there was not enough time for evaluation and review, there was no time for formative assessment, our structure restricted this.

Tutor 4 textiles – we had to guide the students through the project to make the appropriate decisions, to have a positive outcome and learn something new from the experience, such as, designing using garment halves and having to pattern cut these also. We made it as successful a collaboration that we could, it could have been a problem.

What were some of the issues that the students faced during the project?
a. The tutor indicated students had the following issues relating to Team Management during the collaborative project:

b. The tutor indicated students had the following issues relating to Team Development during the collaborative project:

What areas would you as a tutor like to have more support or resources to help you in your next collaborative project?

a. In the planning stage (preparing students for collaborative learning), the tutor indicated they would like more support or resoures in the following areas:

  • Facilities

b. In the managing stage (managing the collaborative project), the tutor indicated they would like more support or resoures in the following areas:

  • Communication with team members or tutor

c. In the assessment stage, the tutor indicated they would like more support or resoures in the following areas: