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Laser Cutting the Edge of Textile Design

In her new book, Laser Cutting for Fashion and Textiles, Central Saint Martins tutor Laura Baker describes how the combination of new digital technologies and traditional craftsmanship are putting laser cutting at the cutting edge of Textile Design. The book contains instructions for 14 original designs that you can try at home to develop your skills in Laser Cutting.

Laser Cutting has become more readily available through small-scale bureau and you can create designs using vector-based software on your computer at home. All of the designs in Laser Cutting for Fashion And Textiles use Adobe Illustrator but you can also use SketchUp, Rhino, AutoCAD and other vector-based software to make your own designs.

Shawl - Silk crepe de chine and laser cut wood veneer
Shawl – Silk crepe de chine and laser cut wood veneer

Laser cutting machines create a concentrated beam of light that is capable of cutting through an amazing amount of different materials including (but not limited to) fabric, glass, plastic, ceramics and wood. You can use laser cutting to cut areas out of your material or to mark the surface in different ways and on different scales depending on your creative idea. This process is not limited to Textile Design and these ideas and processes can be applied to all areas of art and design.

Stacked Polygon Bangles
Stacked Polygon Bangles

Laura Baker is one of the Course Directors of our Textiles Portfolio, a course designed to help you develop a portfolio for application for further study or professional practice. She is specialist technician in digital textiles for Central Saint Martins and teaches on BA Textile Design and MA Materials Futures as well as running short courses in Laser Cutting for Textile Design and Digital Print on Textiles and Digital Print on Textiles

Some of Laura’s designs are currently on display in Real Dirty Blue, an exhibition about the playful and innovative approaches taken to Textile Design at CSM. The exhibition is on at the Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins until 1 April 2016.


Interview Season! Fashion Folio: Design and Communication

Fashion Folio Course Coordinator Beckie Leach talks about BA and MA interviews season and the culmination of one year’s hard work on the Fashion Folio course.

As spring arrives in London, the Fashion Folio studios are a flurry of nervous excitement as students set out their work for interview and portfolio review for some of the countries top undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The studio is a jam-packed sensual array of colour and texture; piles of homemade sketchbooks, research folders, knitted and stitched textiles sit on every available surface, anticipating thorough exploration.


As the Course Coordinator, this is my favorite time of year; it is when I get to see everything the students have been developing during their year on the Fashion Folio. Every year I am astonished by the quality, variety and the sheer amount of effort each of the students put into their work, and this year is no exception. Each student has filled their area with a huge amount of drawings, research, sketchbooks, journals, fabric samples and garments.

Knit and Illustration

There is no prescribed ‘house’ style on the Fashion Folio, rather every student is encouraged to develop their own style and approach. Students are taught to find their own way of drawing, method of working, and to research the things that really interest them; this results in students developing a unique approach to Fashion Design and/or Communication that suits them.


Students are encouraged to apply for courses at a wide range of different institutions. Current students are applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fashion Design Womenswear, Menswear, Print, Knit, with Marketing, Fashion Communication, Textile Design and Fine Art at institutions including Kingston University, Westminster University, Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the Royal Academy Antwerp.


The Fashion Folio is a highly intensive one-year Fashion Course designed to support you to develop your ‘best’ portfolio of work possible to apply directly to a BA, MA or Professional Practice.  Last year 90% of Fashion Folio students who applied were offered a place at a top University.

Our next Stage 1 of Fashion Folio starts in April