The Textile and Design Lab and The Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand have teamed up again this year to offer AUT students from all disciplines the opportunity to compete for two $5,000 awards for developing some innovative applications for wool. The ‘Raising the Baa 2018’ student information session is scheduled for 11 am on Tuesday 12 June in Lecture Theatre WG 126 during which students will hear how they can get involved and compete for the awards. The competition will follow a similar format to the 2017 scheme, which resulted in Product Design students Connor Hickey, Mia Evans and Shara Quin taking away the prize money to further develop their ideas with a view to commercialising them. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
iD award for Textile Design graduate
Recent AUT Textile Design graduate, April Gourdie, was the winner of the Viva Editorial prize at the iD emerging designer awards in Dunedin earlier this month for her knitwear collection, Playtime Download. April, who is currently doing an internship with Allbirds in San Francisco, flew back to New Zealand to attend the show and take home the well-deserved award. ‘During my final year, I spent most of my time at the TDL, working on the knit machines to develop all of my project work whilst developing my technical skills with Gordon. The access to the machines was amazing and really gave the students the ability to absorb as much knowledge as possible’, says April. ‘The skills I have learnt, particularly with knitting, have opened up a lot of opportunities for me and I have found it is often these kinds of skills that can set you apart from others’, she adds.
Digital Textile Design short course 12-13 July
PhD student exhibition
AUT Lecturer and TDL workshop presenter, Donna Cleveland, will be hosting her PhD exhibition on Thursday 21 June from 4-8 pm and Friday 22 June from 10 am – 3 pm in Gallery 3 at the AUT City Campus. Her exhibition, entitled ‘Transformational Cloth’ will showcase her research, which considers the building of a design solution to NZ’s textile waste issue by reanimating the fibres into new textile solutions that match the economy of scale with the style of innovation. Read more.
Fashion Revolution Week 2018
Auckland designer fashion label, Fraser Crowe, embraced Fashion Revolution Week last month by canvassing shoppers on Ponsonby Road to generate more awareness of where people’s clothes are made by giving out printed silk tags, which shoppers were asked to pin to their clothing. April 24 marked the 5th anniversary of the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh where more than 1130 garment makers lost their lives. Deborah Crowe of Fraser Crowe says, ‘We are certain that transparency in the clothing industry matters and that a great first step towards change is asking who made my clothes? We printed limited edition ribbon tags for the occasion and gifted them to members of the public. Our event aimed to begin, continue and develop small conversations (on the footpath and beyond) about the bigger issues of valuing textile and garment makers, demonstrating transparency in the supply chain and caring about environmental impacts of clothing manufacture and purchase’.
2018 Short courses and workshops
The lab’s short course and workshop programme enables participants to quickly upskill in the areas of textile knowledge, textile design for knitwear and digital printing, machine felting, e-Textiles and soft circuit design, and laser cutting design. The courses and workshops are run twice a year. Read more about the programme and how to book online.