Design Museum Academy Adult Workshop

Workshop: Sublimation Textile Printing

Join this creative workshop with NEWGEN designer Sadie Williams to experiment with sublimation printing techniques and translate your hand-crafted designs using the heat press to create sparkling accessories using up-cycled fabrics.

What to expect

Discover how tangible accessories can be created using leftover materials from previous season collections and set designs. You will learn how to use your imagination to create unique, one-off print designs to transform the surface and aesthetic of the given materials whilst reflecting your own personal style and design identity.

You will be introduced to Sadie William’s practice, including highlights from her NEWGEN creative output. Learn how pattern and colour can transform surfaces and gain an understanding of how outfits can be elevated through introducing accessories, such as hair pieces, and how patches and badges can serve to decorate garments or send a message, whilst having the ability to repair damaged garments.

This process is known as heat-transfer printing or 'Sublimation printing'. Print designs ‘transfer’ onto synthetic fabric fibres through heat, using a heat-press heated to 180-200 degrees. You will be adopting your own hand-painted and hand-collaged print designs.

This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in fashion design. No experience is necessary. Basic hand-sewing skills are useful but not essential.


Images by Sadie Williams


Sadie Williams

A NEWGEN alumna, Williams is a multidisciplinary artist creating pattern and colour-driven work in fashion, textiles and art, juxtaposing graphic modernity with hand-worked craft. For many years she created collections shown at London Fashion Week, though conscious of the unsustainable nature of the fashion calendar, she stepped away from creating seasonal collections in 2018 and is increasingly mindful of sustainable practices including upcycling and repurposing materials. Visit

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Booking information

Adult: £90
Student: £82
Members*: £75

Early bird adult: £82
Early bird Student: £75

Early bird tickets until 22 September.

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s ticket and not those of additional guests. 

This workshop is for adults 18+ 

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