News from the Textile and Design Lab at the Auckland University of Technology.


Creative Technologies students’ work on show in Bratislava

PhD student, Donna Cleveland and Master’s student Hollee Fisher, both of whom are textile designers studying in the School of Creative Technologies and working with the Textile and Design Lab, have had examples of their work accepted for the Face to Face Exhibition being held in Bratislava, Slovakia.  The students are researching and practising in a new space that combines traditional craft with digital technology.  The hand felted spheres that they have developed are made from a blend of wool and conductive fibre into which sensors have been incorporated, which in turn activate a light source when touched.  The ‘spheres of influence’ are an interpretation of the importance of touch in day to day interactions in an ever increasing digital world.

A hand felted sensory sphere by Donna Cleveland and Hollee Fisher
Auckland artist benefits from digital print technology
Auckland artist and AUT graduate, Evan Woodruffe, teamed up with the Textile and Design Lab recently to transform some of his artworks into digitally printed apparel for his exhibition at the Auckland Art Fair. Evan’s exhibition presented visitors with ‘a baroque condition of the modern world, an unstable world in motion, where we exist both off-line locally and on-line globally almost simultaneously’. His paintings can be considered as maps to negotiate our new urban environment, which he worked onto canvas, windows, furniture, photographs and fashion.

The materials printed by the lab were used in a work that was part of the PAULNACHE ‘beyond the haha’. This work involved a collaboration between artist Evan Woodruffe, designer Steven Ball and performer Elibra Fleur, with SPX make-up from Alyssa Mitchell. A body suit was made from viscose/spandex, a corset from stretch denim, and a flowing cape from silk georgette. Woodruffe says, ‘The audience was amazed by the colours and detail that the TDL had transferred from his painting to the different fabrics, and the lab was great to work with’.
Artist Evan Woodruffe and performer Elibra Fleur at the Auckland Art Fair
Shima Seiki visit for TDL Technician
Textile and Design Lab Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser, has recently returned from two weeks at Shima Seiki’s headquarters in Wakayama, Japan, where he underwent advanced training on the latest Apex 3 Knit Programming software.  During his visit, Gordon was also able to spend time assessing some of the latest knitting machines, including the SRY inlay machine that the TDL is considering as a potential addition to its current range of knitting technology.  He also had the opportunity to meet with Shima Seiki President, Dr Masahiro Shima, to whom he presented some New Zealand made merino/possum yarns produced by Lower Hutt based luxury yarn spinner, Woolyarns. 
Textile and Design Lab postgraduate awards
AUT postgraduate students Claudia Morris (Visual Arts), Sarah Hong (Spatial Design), Finn Godbolt (Textile Design), Nicola Luey, Monique Burgess and Georgia Bretnall (Fashion Design) are this year’s recipients of the Textile and Design Lab postgraduate student awards.  The awards were introduced several years ago to incentivise students from a range of disciplines to use the lab’s technologies for their research projects.  The awards can be used to buy materials, cover processing costs or contribute towards conference fees.
Short course and workshop programme
The Textile and Design Lab’s short course and workshop programme resumes at the end of August.  Subjects covered include Machine Felting, Digital Textile Design, E-Textiles and Soft Circuit Design, Knitwear Design and Textile Knowledge.  Full details can be viewed here.
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