Textile and Design Lab co-Director appointed to Associate Professor
Textile and Design Lab co-Director and Head of Textile Design, Mandy Smith, has been appointed Associate Professor following the latest round of academic staff promotions. Mandy and Associate Professor Frances Joseph were jointly responsible for applying to Government for funding to set up the lab in 2005. She was also jointly responsible for initiating the Textile Design degree, which is now in its tenth year and has seen a steady increase in post graduate enrollments for Honours, Masters and PhD qualifications.
Digital Textile Design short course places still available
The Textile and Design Lab’s short course and workshop programme caters for anyone wishing to up-skill in the areas of design for digital textile printing, knitwear design using the Shima Seiki Apex Design System, textile knowledge, machine felting and e-Textiles and soft circuit design. A few places remain on the upcoming Digital Textile Design – Repeating Patterns course that takes place on Thursday and Friday 7-8 September. For full details of this 2-day course and how to register click here.
Industry open day Thursday 7 September
The Textile and Design Lab’s latest acquisition, a Shima Seiki SRY 123 inlay knitting machine will be showcased to industry on Thursday 7 September from 1.00 – 4.00 pm. The inlay machine is capable of producing hybrid knit/woven effects using yarns that are much coarser than the machine’s gauge would suggest. Anyone wishing to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Making Futures Conference 2017
Creative Technologies PhD student, Donna Cleveland, will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Crafting new textile interfaces’, which is co-authored by herself and Frances Joseph at the Making Futures 2017 conference in Plymouth, UK in September. Their work addresses the issue of digital crafting in the field of smart textiles, and ways textile knowledge can be used to inform technical understanding and also encourage engagement with craft. She will also present a paper on her own work entitled ‘Small is the new Big: scaling models of sustainable practice’, which identifies some of the issues surrounding an unsustainable manufacturing cycle and the associated problems of pre and post-consumer textile waste that continues to cause considerable environmental problems when sent to landfill.
Raising the Baa student awards update
The finalists for our Raising the Baa student awards that the lab is running in conjunction with the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand, were invited to a presentation by AUT’s Innovation Centre manager, Enrico Tronchin, earlier this month to learn about the commercialisation process and the options that are open to them once they have taken their projects to the working prototype stage.