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.
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.
Jyoti Kalyanji
Jyoti completed her PhD in early 2020 and is a Research Fellow with the Textile and Design Lab.
Her research focused on the 3-D knitted form building capability of digital seamless knit technology with the intention of demonstrating the potential of knitted fabric within a new design dimension that incorporates 3-dimensionality, volumetric forms and tactile surfaces. The practice was guided by architectural form building approaches in the systematic fabrication of 3-dimensional volumetric geometries; configurations commonly employed and referenced across domains such as architecture, industrial design and engineering.
Mitali Nautiyal
Mitali relocated to New Zealand in 2019 to study for her PhD in the field of sustainability in textiles, which she will complete in 2022.
She attained her Master’s degree in Textile Design and Development and her Master of Philosophy in Clothing and Textiles in India. Prior to her move to Auckland, Mitali worked in Design and Product Development roles for large textile and apparel export businesses. Her knowledge of weaving has been invaluable in supporting our students and research partners with their woven textile projects.