1-day Laser Cut Materials workshop – 24 November
Laser cutting technology is the ultimate means of achieving precision cut designs on a broad range of materials. The Textile and Design Lab, in conjunction with AUT’s 3D Printing Lab, is introducing a Laser Cut Materials workshop, the first of which will be held on Friday 24 November. The workshop will introduce participants to Adobe Illustrator, the preferred software programme for creating designs for use with laser cutting technology. The 1-day workshop will include a cutting session during which participants’ designs will be produced using either fabric, leather or plywood. Places for these workshops are limited. For full details and how to register click here.
1-day Felting workshop – 17 November
Our one-day hands-on felting workshop covers essential skills including techniques, layers, patterns and textures. It provides an overview of FeltLOOM® needle-felting technology with a demonstration of fabric production or transformation using fibres to fibres and fibres to fabric. The workshop will include examples of design approaches and provide guidelines for FeltLOOM® artwork and skills for combining different fibres to transform them into unique designs. Participants will apply the skills they learn to create their own original designs that will be processed into fabric. Register here.
TDL represented at World of Wearable Arts
The Textile and Design Lab was called into action again this year to help with the development of two creations that made it into the prestigious World of Wearable Arts (WOW) event in Wellington earlier this month. The WOW competition is the world’s leading wearable art design competition, with winning garments going through three rounds of judging to make it onto the big stage. Both creations were designed by Creative Technologies students for their studio paper, ‘Digital Skins’, led by Lecturer, Dr Miranda Smitheram. Third year student Hayden Matheson’s costume, ‘Phyllotacticius’, featured digitally printed cotton/Lycra fabric, which was stretched over a lightweight frame. ‘Attending the show was a real highlight of my time at CoLab and I was proud to be representing AUT amongst so many talented international designers’, he said. The second costume was designed by a group of three BCT students: Katriel Worrall, Sophie McIntyre and Kelly Rose Leece, who created a pair of garments, ‘Mimi and Yuyu’, featuring knitted ultraviolet responsive wool panels, which illuminated when stretched.
French linkages established
Representing the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, TDL Co-Director, Associate Professor Frances Joseph, has recently returned from France where she and AUT’s Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research, Professor John Raine, and Associate Professor Fabrice Merien undertook a programme of visits organized by the NZ Embassy in France to build academic relationships between AUT and French Universities and Research groups. Between them, the AUT team visited fifteen French organisations in Paris, Tourcoing and Toulouse. The visit resulted in several new links for the Textile and Design Lab including: Paris 8 LUTIN, a user-lab for observations and experimentation; Data Paulette, an e-Textile hacker group which is doing very interesting work on hardware/software connectivity using textile based componentry; Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (CETI), which works to connect textiles across the value chain by developing transversal products. Their resources include a yarn prototyping facility; The Soft Matters Research Group at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSADLAB), a research organisation with weaving, printing and knitting technologies focussed on architectural textiles, bio-textiles and sustainability.
Raising the Baa – finalists preparing for judgement day
Nine AUT students from Communication Design, Creative Technologies, Product Design and Textile Design, whose ideas were selected to compete for two Wool Research Organisation of NZ sponsored awards, are currently preparing their wool based prototypes, which they will present to our judging panel on 30 November. The students have attended training sessions on commercialisation approaches and presentation skills and will look to impress the judges with a range of innovative applications for strong wool. The award winners will be announced in December.
Congratulations to Dr Miranda Smitheram who has been awarded a two year Design and Creative Technologies Faculty Maori and Pacific Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship will support Miranda develop her academic career under the guidance of an experienced research and teaching mentor. Miranda will work with Associate Professor Frances Joseph in Colab and Professor Pare Keiha, Tumuaki of Te Ara Poutama and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Maori Development, AUT.