MA Textile Design
Meet your Librarian – Amy Straker
Amy Straker is the Subject Librarian responsible for Yr 0 and taught Postgraduate courses. She studied English Literature and American Studies at undergraduate level in York, and Library and Information Studies at postgraduate level at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
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!
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 MA Textile Design:
Textile Design (ProQuest)
Textile Design are shelved on the first floor of the library from 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:
- Main Collection
- General works: 762
- Textiles by country: 762.2
- Textiles designers A-Z: 762.3
- Materials and technology: 762.4
- Technical works: 762.4
- Techniques: 762.6
- Remember that there will be useful books in other parts of the Library as well, like this:
- Fashion: 761
- Pattern: 744
Here are the reading lists set for each unit of your study, these will provide links to the resources that your tutors wish you to look at.
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 MA Textile Design:
Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases
Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases brings fashion business to life and creates a link between education and industry. Designed to help students develop the essential business skills required by the next generation of fashion industry professionals, this digital resource is global in focus and presents real-world cases on challenges facing the business of fashion, tackling important issues such as sustainability, technology, ethics, and leadership. The resource is tailored to provide the tools to steer students toward success as they transition to a career in fashion.
You can find e-books specifically bought for NUA students on VLeBooks.
Fairchild Books Store
With a history stretching back over more than 100 years, Fairchild Books is a world-leading publisher in the field of fashion.
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.
Access to over 21,000 technical e-books and videos to assist with IT and programming needs. Other areas include art and design with publishers like Laurence King included and books about well being too. Aimed specifically at Higher Education users with a interface that allows for personalising and comes with an app which is free to download.
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 MA Textile Design publications:
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.
The Spin Off
The Spin Off is an international B2B fashion publication featuring concepts, brands, stores, trends and products that are sustainable and future-minded. Previously published as Sportswear International.
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.
Textile View forecasts trends for the upcoming seasons concerning colours, materials, design and styling, including street and retail reports. Ceased publishing, now published as View.
International trend information for the whole of the textile and fashion market.
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.