November saw the culmination of our undergraduate students’ work, which was exhibited across the university. As in previous years, the Textile and Design Lab sponsored awards for both Textile Design and Creative Technology students, which were awarded to Maia Baillie (Year 1 Textile Design), Daniel Collings (Year 2 Textile Design) and Sam Wanlass (Year 2 Creative Technologies). Colin Anderson (Year 3 Creative Technologies), who has worked extensively this year with TDL Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser, was awarded the Creative Technologies Outstanding Achievement award for his all-round contribution to all activities throughout his degree. Colin’s final year project, ‘Physiowear’, is an e-textile compression short that analyses the wearer’s posture. ‘It does this by using a unique blend of machine knitted E-textiles, custom hard-to-soft connectors and IMU processing to combine gyroscopic and knitted stretch sensor data to read user posture and provide corrective prompts’, says Colin.
Another standout exhibit was Master of Textile Design student, Finn Godbolt, who developed a range of 6 colour knitted jacquard designs to create ‘Photographic Knitting’, which explores the potential of colour and imagery through research into digitally knitted structures and techniques. Finn has worked with the lab to develop his ideas, which he envisages being applied to men’s apparel.
New website on the way
Lab staff in conjunction with the AUT web design team are currently adding the final touches to the new TDL website, which is due to be launched in early December. The format of the site will be in line with other AUT research institutes and labs and the University’s new website that was launched earlier this year.
Textile Design Degree opportunities for 2019
The Textile Design degree is a fusion of creation through the application of hand, analogue and advanced technological textile techniques. Students can access the Textile and Design Lab and utilise the advanced technical skills and technologies available as an integral part of our program. This degree programme could be of interest to students currently studying in the design, fine arts, textile technology, graphics, visual arts, digital design, photography or science areas who are interested in exploring new technologies to spearhead change across a range of industries. We are still accepting applications to study Textile Design in 2019. Read more.
Global Fashion Conference
Postdoctoral research fellow and TDL associate, Miranda Smitheram, attended the Global Fashion Conference hosted by the London College of Fashion and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion earlier this month. The conference was guided this year by themes of Power, Nature, Culture and Society. Miranda presented her film ‘Unfolding: the hand of the cloth’, which was well received. The conference was extremely action packed and well attended, and Miranda commented that ‘it was fantastic to connect through workshops and discourse with inspirational researchers, academics and the international fashion industry, all of whom are concerned with enacting change and discussing the critical issues of fashion, design and sustainability’.
Raising the Baa 2018 update
Our six finalists in the Raising the Baa 2018 student competition, co-funded by the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand, will have their projects assessed by the judging panel on Friday 30 November. The presentation of the two $5,000 awards will be held on Tuesday 11 December.
Holiday closure dates
The Textile and Design Lab will close for business on Friday 21 December and re-open on Monday 14 January 2019. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our industry and research partners, students and colleagues for their contribution to the successes that we have enjoyed this year.