Our latest newsletter and press articles

March 2021


Congratulations to our Textile and Design Lab colleague, Jyoti Kalyanji, who graduated with her PhD at the recent AUT graduation ceremony held at Auckland’s Spark Arena. Jyoti’s PhD research focused on the formation of 3D shapes using Shima Seiki knitting technology. Jyoti took up her current role at the lab in November 2019 and is helping to further the lab’s research activity specialising in the development of knitted products and wearable technologies.

New TDL Graduate

Jyoti Kalyanji

2021 Short courses and workshops

Enrolments for our 2021 short course and workshop registrations are now available via the Textile and Design Lab website. Most of the courses are of two days’ duration and will be held in late June/early July, then again in November. Subjects on offer are as follows:

  • 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

Details of our new Jacquard Knitting workshop that is currently under development will be announced shortly. We expect that this will have wide appeal including that of fashion and textile designers, visual artists and costume designers. Please email to register your interest.

ArcInTex online symposium 8-9 April

AUT’s School of Future Environments is hosting the ArcInTex Network Symposium (Architecture, Interaction, Textiles) on 8-9 April, which will bring together researchers, academics and postgraduate students from across the world to discuss current issues, research and opportunities for collaboration around the theme of Future Living Environments. The online event will link to a virtual conference platform to include international presenters and a global audience. The program will include discussion panels, an online exhibition with an associated forum to discuss the work, and a PhD student forum. Read more about ArcInTex.

International Virtu-Wool research conference

As a lead-in to the 14th International Wool Research Conference, the date of which is yet to be decided, Agresearch will be hosting a second online International ‘Virtu-Wool’ Research Conference on 26-27 May 2021. Abstracts are invited for presentations on a wide range of wool related themes.

Email IWRC20@agresearch.co.nz for an abstract template and more details.

Digital Textile article

The leading industry publication for the digital printing sector, Digital Textiles, covered the digital textile printing market in New Zealand and Australia in its latest edition. The magazine’s Australasian correspondent, Barbara Barkhausen, interviewed TDL manager, Peter Heslop, during which he was able to give some insight into the New Zealand market and its key players.

Read full article.

WoolOn 2021

WoolOn is one of New Zealand’s iconic fashion events, encouraging both new and experienced designers to create visual, wearable pieces using New Zealand’s most sustainable wool fibres. Entries for this year’s competition, which includes numerous categories including Streetwear, Felted and Knitted design, close on 3 May.

Read more.

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