Raising the Baa 2018: deadline for proposals 3 August
The deadline for proposals for our AUT student competition, Raising the Baa 2018, has been extended to 4.30 pm on Friday 3 August. Students from across all disciplines are invited to enter – all we require is a 1-2 page proposal outlining an innovative application for strong wool. Two $5,000 awards are on offer to the two winners. Read more.
Textile Design graduates on air
PhD student and TDL associate, Donna Cleveland, and Bachelor of Design (Textiles) graduate, April Gourdie, both featured in separate Radio New Zealand shows this month. Donna was interviewed by presenter Karyn Hay to discuss issues surrounding the fast fashion system and Burberry’s recent admission to burning their unsold stock. Listen to Donna’s interview here. April, who is currently doing a 12-month internship with Allbirds in San Francisco, featured on the 9 to Noon Show during which she spoke about the changing textile design landscape and how she gains inspiration using new knitting technology. Listen to April’s interview here.
Bobux R+D collaboration
Master of Engineering student, Sarah de Guzman, has been working alongside children’s footwear brand, Bobux, during the last 12 months to assist in the development of a ‘smart shoe’. The aim of the project was to better understand the needs of Bobux’s customers; parents who are often unsure as to whether their child’s shoe fit is correct. Easing this anxiety and allowing parents to provide their children with better comfort influenced the development of the concept, which utilises integrated sensor technology within the shoe design to provide the user with additional information regarding the length of the child’s foot and the fit of the shoe. The Textile and Design Lab supported the project with development work including the prototyping of knitted sensors. Read more.
Graduates in industry
Over the coming months, the lab’s newsletters will feature some of the success stories about our Design Graduates who have found their dream jobs where they have been given the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge to great effect.
This month, we look at the progress of Bronte Hamilton, who graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Textiles at the end of 2015. She is now in her third year with luxury knitwear brand, Lothlorian, where she has been given the opportunity to apply the skills that she learned during her studies at AUT.
Bronte has a strong interest in sustainable fashion and is keen to contribute to maintaining a viable fashion and apparel manufacturing sector here in New Zealand. She continues to spend much of her working time creating innovative fabrics and looking at ways of conveying them to the consumer. Read full graduate profile.
September 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 programme will be run again throughout September. Read more about the programme and how to book online.