BA Textile Design
Meet your Librarian – Jenny Williams
Jenny Williams is the Subject Librarian responsible for Architecture, Fashion, FCP, FMB, Textile Design and Interior Design. She studied Contemporary Crafts and Ceramics up to MA Level and Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth University.
How Can I Help You?
You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!
I work all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.
Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.
Useful E-Book Collections for BA Textile Design:
Textile Design (Proquest)
Textile Design books are held at Dewey Decimal number 762.
With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks. The collection is broken down into more specific subject areas like this:
The below lists include sources you may find useful when studying for your units. ‘Required’ resources are essential to the unit and we strongly advise you use them. ‘Recommended’ and ‘Further’ sources are all available via the Library and are suggested to help you with your research for this unit. Don’t forget, you can find a lot more than is listed here by searching the Library online.
As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.
Useful Online Resources for BA Textile Design:
Box of Broadcasts
BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.
This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.
Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.
Statista offers over 1.5 million statistics from over 18,000 sources, available immediately in easy to use graphs you can use in your own reports and presentations. Statista includes market data, industry reports, forecasts, opinion polls and infographics.
A video guide to using Statista is available on the VLE.
Taylor & Francis Online
Abstracts available for all Taylor and Francis journals. You will find that this platform contains a mix of full text and abstracts only – we have a subscriptions to a variety of titles including ‘Design Journal’, ‘Fashion Practice’, ‘Fashion Theory’, ‘Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice’ and ‘Photography and Culture’.
WGSN is an online trend-analysis and industry research service for the fashion design and retail, and interiors industries. You can also link to their separate database, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, using the menu at the top of the screen.
To use WGSN off-campus you need to log in using your NUA email address, by clicking on the button in the top right corner. You will be asked to verify your email and username on the NUA page. After this you will be directed back to WGSN logged in.
Please note: you may only access this resource for the purposes of individual, educational study. Reports, images and overall content are for information purposes only and must not be shared or distributed across social media or any external platforms. Never share your username and password with anyone else, or provide information from the resource to a third party.
A video guide to accessing and using WGSN is available on the VLE
Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.
Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:
- They are up to date.
- Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
- Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.
Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.
Selected BA Textile Design publications:
Ecotextile News, the environmental magazine for the global supply chain. It provides expert comment and news stories on environmental and social compliance in the global textile supply chain, an influential voice among retailers, brands and influences the buying decisions of key international companies on how they can – and should – source textiles and clothing in their supply chains. Online content is only accessible on campus.
Selvedge Magazine offers the world’s finest textile photography, unparalleled design and peerless writing. Readers share a belief in the importance of their material surroundings and a passion for the beautiful and beautifully made. Directed towards an international, discerning audience, Selvedge covers fine textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping.
International trend information for the whole of the textile and fashion market.
View Magazine is the trend forecast for the respectively four upcoming seasons concerning colours, materials, design and styling for women’s, men’s and children’s wear, including street and retail reports, reports on merchandising, as well as analysis of consumer behaviour and its influence on fabric and fashion trends. Previously know as Textiles View.
Viewpoint Colour, created by View Publications in collaboration with FranklinTill Associates, is a unique magazine devoted to colour. Catering to all colour conscious industries, the magazine provides visual inspiration, direction and a global perspective on colour from the world’s leading colour experts.
Take a look at previously submitted NUA Research Reports for Textile Design.
Useful websites for Textile Designers
- AXIS Artists Database
Axis is the best online resource for information about contemporary art. The website features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch.
- Fashion and Textile Museum
Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery.
- The Textile Society
The Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles, both traditional and contemporary.
- Victoria and Albert Museum Textiles Collection
The V&A holds the national collection of textiles and fashion, which includes more than 75,000 individual objects or sets of objects that span a period of more than 5,000 years, from Predynastic Egypt to the present day.
- Costume Society
The Costume Society is a lively, friendly organisation whose aim is to promote the study and preservation of historic and contemporary dress.
- Fashion Revolution
An organisation made up of designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers campaigning for the fashion industry to value people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.
- United Nations – 17 Goals to Transform Our world
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
- Westminster Menswear Archive
The Westminster Menswear Archive was founded to establish and maintain a collection of garments and related artefacts to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view; to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline, and to be used as a resource tool to inform contemporary menswear design.