Upskilling opportunities in April
Our 2018 short course and workshop programme starts in April and places are still available on most of the short courses and workshops on offer. The schedule has been planned to coincide with the school holidays due to the increasing popularity of the programme with secondary school teaching staff. The programme consists of the following subjects and the courses are mostly run over two consecutive days. Registrations and full details can be found via the link below:
- Photoshop Basics for Textile Design
- Digital Textile Design – Repeating Patterns
- Introduction to Textiles
- Knitwear Design
- E-Textiles and Soft Circuit Design
- Laser Cutting Design*
*1 day workshops
Full details of the programme and online registration can be found here.
Fresh ideas for NZ wool: scholarship up for grabs
AUT’s Textile and Design Lab in partnership with Palliser Ridge, a prominent wool producer in the Wairarapa Region, is offering a scholarship to an AUT undergraduate or postgraduate student who is able to demonstrate an innovative use/s for strong wool. It is expected that the research will be carried out over a 12-month period commencing in mid-2018 culminating in a working prototype of the student’s idea. Applications are open to all current AUT students, regardless of whether they have existing knowledge of textile fibres and processes. Support and guidance will be available as will access to AUT’s Textile and Design Lab’s technologies and technical expertise. Read more.
Knitted therapeutic pressure garment
Otago Polytechnic Principal Lecturer, Tania Allan Ross, has been collaborating with TDL Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser, as part of her Master of Design project over the last two years. The project involved design, prototyping and knitting of a discreet therapeutic undergarment for individuals that seek deep pressure. The ultra-fine merino and Lycra® garment that was developed addresses both functionality and aesthetics, while providing the wearer with the additional therapeutic calming properties brought about by its inherent ability to apply deep pressure. In February of this year, Tania presented her Therapeutic Pressure Garment as part of the Product Innovation Contest at the Functional Textiles and Clothing Conference held at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi where the integration of technology, design and fashion was one of the key conference themes.
AUT Lecturer and textile designer, Miranda Smitheram, was approached by the Auckland Pride Festival organisers to design and make a digitally printed silk cot set, which was subsequently presented to Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, by ONZM Co-chair and AUT Senior Lecturer, Lexie Matheson, at the recent Pride Festival. Miranda’s unique design comprised of digital photographs of rainbows, galaxy images, holograms and unicorns.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is presented with her gift by ONZM Co-chair, Lexie Matheson
Textile Design graduate to debut at Premiere Vision New York
AUT Textile Design graduate, Amber Rixon, will be showing her first collection of digitally printed textile designs at the prestigious Premiere Vision fabric show in New York in April. Amber is the first New Zealander to showcase her work at this event, which attracts buyers from around the world. Since graduating from AUT in 2015, she has founded her own business, Still Life Studio, for which she has created a unique style using her ability to combine mediums of paint, photography, drawing and computer aided design. Read more.