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


April short courses and workshops – places still available

A limited number of places are still available for our upcoming short courses and workshops being held between 20-28 April.  Special rates are available for full-time students and small group bookings.  For full details of each of the courses and workshops and online registrations, please click here.
TDL co-Director to present at Sports Performance Innovation Forum

Textile and Design Lab co-Director, Associate Professor Frances Joseph and Engineering postgraduate student Yasir Al-Hilali have been invited to present at the forthcoming Sports Performance Innovation Forum being held at the QBE Stadium in Auckland on Friday 28 April.  Their presentation will cover the research that AUT has been involved in relevant to the sports, health and rehabilitation sectors.  Read more about this event.
Textile Investigations:  Composite structures and interactive surfaces
AUT researchers, Frances Joseph, Miranda Smitheram and Harriet Johnson have recently completed a summer project, which focused on contributing to research in the smart textiles area specifically through sourcing and experimenting with new UV (ultraviolet) reactive materials, innovative construction, interaction strategies and visual effects.  The project explored new research possibilities, technologies and new materials such as smart inks, fluorescent pigments and materials, new yarns and UV light sources.  The research team utilised the technologies of the 3D printing lab, the screen-printing studio and the Textile and Design Lab to develop screen-printed, digitally printed, laser-cut, and machine knitted UV samples.  The new Shima Seiki inlay SRY knitting machine was used to combine non-glow yarn with fluorescent yarn and electroluminescent wire.  This work is documented in sample books and will foreground design developments for smart wearables projects planned at Colab for 2017.  A blog documenting the process and research methods can be viewed here.

Examples of some of the UV reactive effects developed during the project
Textile Design graduate interning in San Francisco

AUT Bachelor of Textile Design graduate, Nikki Walker, landed an internship with New Zealand woollen footwear brand, Allbirds, earlier this year, and is currently on a six week placement at the company’s San Francisco offices.  Prior to her departure, Nikki spent several weeks working with TDL Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser, developing a range of knitted samples to take with her for discussion with her new colleagues in the US.
2017 Callaghan C Prize for Wearable Technologies

Government business support agency, Callaghan Innovation, has announced that its 2017 C Prize will focus on Wearable Technology.  Full details of this year’s C Prize will be announced at its launch on 3 April.  Click here to register your interest.
2017 Short course and workshop programme

The Textile and Design Lab’s short course and workshop programme dates for 2017 have been finalised.  The programme consists of mostly 2-day short courses and hands-on workshops around the subjects of design for digital textile printing, knitwear design using the Shima Seiki Apex Design System, textile knowledge, machine felting and e-Textiles and soft circuit design.  The programme starts in April and the courses and workshops are run again later in the year.  Read more about the lab’s 2017 short course and workshop programme and how to register online.  
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