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


Electronic textiles and soft circuit design workshop: 5-6 March 2016

Ever wanted to create your own smart textile, garment or accessory?  Our e-textile and soft circuit design workshop is a great place to start.  Participants will gain an understanding of the basic principles of soft electronics and circuitry and will be introduced to a range of new materials that can be manipulated to create soft, interactive systems using the Lilypad Arduino: a modular, sewable computer.  The workshop is being run on Saturday and Sunday 5-6 March here at the AUT's Auckland City campus.  Limited places are still available.  Register here

Swedish School of Textiles hosts TDL co-Director

TDL co-director Associate Professor Frances Joseph was a guest at the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås in January where she was involved in the examination of two PhD theses researching new design methods using new textile technologies: The Myth of the Silhouette: On Form Thinking in Knitwear Design by Karin Landahl and Textile Influence: Exploring the Relationship between Textiles and Products in the Design Process by Linnea Nilsson.  Both candidates were successful in being awarded their PhD's.  Frances also visited the Smart Textiles Showroom and reviewed their smart textiles sample collection while at Borås.

The impressive Smart Textiles Showroom at The Swedish School of Textiles in Boras

College students' collaboration with TDL results in top Young Enterprise Award

Kingsway College Year 13 students Jonathan De Wet, Jesse Roberts and Paul Rudge's entrepreneurship was rewarded recently when they won the top business award in Auckland for Young Enterprise.  The trio established their startup in March last year as part of their final year studies. 'We felt compelled to create a unique product that was valuable to us Kiwis', says Joanthan.  With very little textile knowledge, he approached the Textile and Design Lab's Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser, for some advice and guidance, which resulted in the lab knitting various shades of merino wool fabric, which they converted into their hybrid footwear, subsequently branded as Husky Slippers.  'We couldn't have made these without Gordon's help', added Jonanathan.  'In addition to all the accolades that we received, we were asked to make a pair as a gift for the New Zealand Governor General'.  Read more
The hybrid 'Husky Slippers'

TDL student and staff familiarisation sessions

New and existing students and staff are welcome to attend one of our familiarisation sessions to see the lab's knitting, printing and felting technologies and to learn how they can benefit from the lab's resources during the course of their studies.  Sessions will be held on the following dates/times:

Thursday 3 March:  11.30 am and 2.30 pm
Tuesday 8 March:  11.30 am and 2.30 pm
Thursday 10 March:  11.30 am and 2.30 pm

Sessions will last approximately 30 minutes.
Please email to book places.

2016 short courses and workshops

The Textile and Design Lab's 2016 short course and workshop programme has commenced and will continue during March and April.  The majority of the courses and workshops will be run again in September. 

Felting workshop
E-Textiles and soft circuit design workshop
Knitwear Design short course
Photoshop Basics for Textile Design short course
Digital Textile Design – Repeating Patterns short course
Introduction to Textiles short course

Read more and see dates and registration pages.

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