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July 2021

Lab teams up with High Performance Sport NZ for Tokyo Olympics

The Textile and Design Lab has been working in partnership with High Performance Sport New Zealand to develop a range of innovative products to help keep our Olympic athletes cool whilst they compete at the Tokyo games. The project began in early 2020 and several iterations have since been developed and tested by athletes who compete across a diverse range of disciplines. TDL Research Fellow, Jyoti Kalyanji, has been working alongside HPSNZ’s Assistant Performance Physiologist, Lorenz Kissling, to fine tune the devices to optimise performance and comfort. ‘The feedback that we have gained from extensive wearer trials has been really positive and we believe this innovation will be a huge benefit in the high temperatures that are prevailing in Tokyo’, says Lorenz.

Outstanding exhibition by Creative Tech students

Six of our Master of Creative Technologies students teamed up to put together an outstanding exhibition of their final work entitled ‘The Materiality of What?’ earlier this month. Three of the students, Dan Collings, Kate Whittaker and Sam Wanless spent much of their time at the Textile and Design Lab developing both knitted and felted pieces for their respective projects. All six students will graduate at the end of this year.

An exploration of sensing through textiles and tactility by Kate Whittaker
Photography by Stefan Marks

Sam Wanless explored the use of strong wool for sustainable acoustic textile design
Photography by Stefan Marks

Dan Collings’ work challenges current binary fashion gender norms
Photography by Stefan Marks

Faculty funding awarded for TDL projects

The Textile and Design Lab and its AUT partners have received around $20,000 in seed funding from the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies for three research projects that will continue until the end of this year.  Two of the projects are in collaboration with colleagues in the AUT School of Engineering, whilst the third will enable the lab to develop a reference library of materials using its knitting, weaving and felting technologies.

November short course and workshop dates announced

Dates for our next round of short courses and workshops to be held in November have been finalised and registrations are now open via the TDL website.  Our short course programme comprises of the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Textiles
  • International Textile Development and Sourcing
  • Photoshop Basics for Textile Design
  • Digital Textile Design – Repeating Patterns
  • Knitwear Design
  • 3D Visualisation and Concept Development
  • Introduction to Woven Textiles – Theory and Design
  • Introduction to Woven Textiles – Practical Sessions
  • E-Textiles

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