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


Textile and Design Lab in the news

Textile and Design Lab co-Director, Associate Professor Frances Joseph, was invited to talk about AUT’s growing research interests and activities in the field of smart textiles and wearable technologies on Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World programme earlier this month.  During her interview, Frances described the cross-disciplinary work that AUT researchers and post graduate students are doing to develop knitted and felted prototypes for use in rehabilitation therapy.  Research teams working in this field include Engineers, Health Science experts, Textile and Fashion Designers, Creative Technologists, Technical personnel and commercial partners.  Read more about this interview.

New launch for AUT graduate

Bachelor of Textile Design graduate, Lucy Clement, launched her new business venture at Lot 23’s Auckland showroom in an exhibition that runs from 22 April to 17 May.  Lucy graduated at the end of last year and has made excellent use of her knitwear design and programming skills to create her new collection, which includes a striking range of textured knitted scarves.  Her business, Born in Daylight, offers fashion and interior designers the opportunity to commission or collaborate with Lucy to produce custom designs and bespoke textiles.
Lucy specialises in knit, print and experimental textile design and can help create textiles and products that are unique to her clients’ brands.  Her design style supports the idea of slow fashion and infuses handcraft ideas with new technologies that offer individuality.  Read more about Born in Daylight.

Examples of Lucy’s textile designs available from
e-Textile library
Master of Creative Technologies students Caroline Stephen and Hollee Fisher have compiled an e-Textile library consisting of a range of knitted fabrics made from conductive yarns in various stitch structures at the Textile and Design Lab.  The fabrics are being tested for changes in electrical resistance whilst being subjected to tension and downward pressure.  The testing processes will enable other researchers to select conductive materials that are best suited to the specific applications of their work.
Blikfang event    
Textile and Design Lab manager, Peter Heslop, was invited to talk about the role that the TDL plays in the arts world at a recent Blikfang event on Auckland’s North Shore.  The events are held monthly at Blikfang Arts and Antiques in Northcote and attract an audience of 50-60 guests all of whom share a common interest in visual art.  Blikfang is a Danish word that translates as ‘a trap for the eye’.  The TDL has worked with numerous artists in recent years to create knitted, felted and printed artworks for exhibitions both at home and abroad. 
Short course and workshop programme
The TDL’s short course and workshop programme is a great way to learn new skills in a very short time frame.  Courses and workshops are run over 1 and 2 days and include the subjects of Textile Design for Digital Printing, Machine Felting, Knitwear Design, Textile Knowledge and e-Textiles and Soft Circuit Design.  Read more about our short courses and workshops.
Rangitito College Textile Technology Teacher, Lesley Pearce, watches her
designs being digitally printed for the first time at a recent short course