About the Textile Design Lab

The Textile and Design Lab was established in 2006 and has since become an integral resource within AUT's Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies. The lab's remit is threefold: supporting research with both internal and external partners; knowledge sharing and student support; and creating mutually beneficial commercial partnerships whereby designers and businesses can access the lab's resources for the purposes of prototyping, sampling and small-scale production.

Our people

Dr Frances Joseph
Dr Frances Joseph is a Professor and Co-Director of the Textile and Design Lab.
Frances' research is concerned with design and new technologies with a focus on areas of e-textiles, aesthetics, materiality and intra-activity. She teaches postgraduate papers in Research Methodology and Embodied Interaction, and supervises numerous Masters and PhD students.
Donna Cleveland
Dr Donna Cleveland is a lecturer in Textile Design and teaches on the lab's short course and workshop programme.
Donna completed her PhD in 2018. Her research focused on the creation of a textile waste recycling model for New Zealand businesses by building a re-connection between the value of fashion garments and the textiles involved in their production.
Peter Heslop
Peter Heslop has managed the Textile and Design Lab since its launch in November 2006.
Peter joined AUT having worked in various sectors of the textile industry including raw cotton, denim, yarn production, braids and cords and outdoor fabrics. He attained his Master of Textile Technology degree at Bolton University and is a Chartered Member of the Textile Institute.
Gordon Fraser
Gordon Fraser is the Textile and Design Lab’s Senior Technician.
Gordon joined AUT from industry in 2007, where he has amassed over 30 years technical knitting experience both in the UK and here in New Zealand. His technical expertise is in the use of Shima Seiki technology including WholeGarment, intarsia and inlay knitting.
Miranda Smitheram
Dr Miranda Smitheram lectures in Creative Technologies and is a member of the lab's research team.
Miranda's research is focused on exploring digital textile printing design and design methodologies. Coming from a fashion industry background, Miranda has worked as a senior fashion designer for commercial New Zealand companies and designed for her own independent women’s wear label.