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June 2021

Master of Creative Technologies graduate exhibition

Six of our amazing Master of Creative Technologies graduates will be exhibiting their creative practice that they have been working on over the last 12 months from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 July from 9 am – 4 pm each day. The exhibition, entitled ‘The Materiality of What? will be held on Level 1 of the Nga Wai Hono (WZ) Building on St Paul Street and is open to the public during the aforementioned times. Four of the students; Charles Johnson, Dan Collings, Kate Whittaker and Sam Wanless have produced much of their work at the Textile and Design Lab where they have worked with the knitting, digital printing and felting technologies.

Weaving workshops attract overseas interest

TOur latest round of Woven Textiles workshops attracted participants from as far as Australia and the South Island. Liz Perry, who travelled from Canberra, was grateful for the opportunity to learn about the design and operational processes of the TC2 digital loom that the lab commissioned in early 2020. ‘Only a few of these looms have been shipped to Australia and all of them appear to be privately owned’, she says. ‘I’m delighted that AUT offers such opportunities to designers and textile artists such as myself’, she adds.

 Mitali and Liz

PhD student and workshop presenter, Mitali Nautiyal (left) with workshop participants Liz Perry (centre) and Kathryn Stewart (right)

Callaghan Innovation grants and scholarships

TDL staff recently met with Callaghan Innovation to discuss the range of funding and scholarship opportunities available to students who wish to collaborate with industry partners for short term internships as well as longer term projects. The lab has developed an extensive network of industry partners since its launch in 2006, many of which welcome students to work with them on such projects. AUT students wishing to learn more about working with our industry partners are encouraged to contact the lab’s staff.

M. M. Linen design competition

Designers and students alike are invited to submit their entries for the M.M. Linen design competition being hosted by this Christchurch based company. The theme for this year’s competition is botanicals and florals paired with animals and/or birds. Entries close on 31 July.

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November short courses and workshops

Dates for our next round of short courses and workshops to be held in November will be announced in the coming weeks. Please email tdl@aut.ac.nz for full details of our short course programme, which comprises of the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Textiles
  • International Textile Development and Sourcing (November only)
  • 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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