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


Guest lecture on ‘Issues around Body Armour’

Dr Debra Carr of Cranfield University in the UK will visit AUT on 14 November as a guest of the Textile and Design Lab and will be speaking about the issues around the subject of body armour in her guest lecture being held in Room WS 114, WS Building, St Paul Street at 2.00 pm.  Debra’s current research includes body armour and helmet optimisation and forensic textile science.  She also teaches on a wide range of programmes, which include vehicle and weapon engineering, explosives ordnance engineering and battlespace technology.  Please register your intention to attend this lecture by emailing

Jessica Hemmings talk:  Craft, meaning and Labour

Renowned textile writer, Jessica Hemmings, will be visiting AUT in November where she will deliver a talk entitled ‘Craft, meaning and Labour’ in which she considers alternatives to today’s culture of overproduction, high volume and lower quality goods, which are manufactured in unacceptable working conditions.  Jessica’s talk is being promoted by Objectspace in conjunction with AUT and will be held at 5.30 pm at the Colab Studio, Room WG 1103, Sir Paul Reeves Building, Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD.  Read more.
1 day Felting worksop

Our final Felting Workshop for the year will be held on Monday 28 November from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.  Places are still available on this introductory 1-day workshop, which will teach the use of the FeltLOOM® needle-felting machine as a tool for textile design and creation. An understanding of the machine operations and techniques for making felted fabric designs that can be used for items such scarves and shawls will be gained. This workshop will appeal to anyone who has an interest in designing and creating felt based materials and products.  Register here.
Engineering students tap into textile technology and expertise

Bachelor of Engineering Technology students, Josephine Lan and Kristine Ruiz’s final year project combined engineering, sports science and textile technology into a single product designed to measure the jumping performance of athletes.  Using recycled fibres to construct a felted material that would withstand the impact of airborne athletes landing on it, the students incorporated conductive textile circuitry into the mat, which was connected to a data capturing device programmed to measure the impact that athletes generate during their jump.  This data is then interpreted into the height that the athletes attain.  The students have been regular participants at the lab’s felting workshops and making sessions during the second semester where they were supported by felting supervisors, Donna Cleveland and Mette Hay.
The felted jump mat developed in conjunction with the Textile and Design Lab
Victoria University collaboration

Master of Design and Innovation student at Victoria University, Wellington, Xuxu Amoozegar-Montero, approached the Textile and Design Lab in mid-2015 to seek some technical assistance for her research into the development of her knitted customisable bra design.  Her research was part of a larger study that focused on developing an overall system for a more accurate bra design and fit. Current bra fitting techniques do not appropriately address individual and unique breast characteristics to improve bra fit; this critical flaw can lead to discomfort, pain and chronic health issues.  The iterative process of developing knitted bra prototypes was undertaken at the Textile and Design Lab with Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser.  Over twenty iterations were developed to reach an understanding of the Shima Seiki knitting machine’s capabilities in developing a knitted bra piece with innovative features.
Bra prototype iteration by Xuxu Amoozegar-Montero
Short course and workshop programme

Our short course and workshop programme for 2017 will be announced early in the New Year.
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