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March 2022

Experimental Surface Design workshops

The lab hosted a series of felt making workshops earlier this month for our year 2 Art and Design students enrolled on the Experimental Surface Design minor programme. Around 40 students participated in the workshops during which they learned about raw materials, design methodologies and safe operation of the lab’s FeltLoom. ‘The attraction of the FeltLoom is the ability for students to get hands-on after a short induction session’, says TDL Manager, Peter Heslop.

designs on surfaceExperimental Surface Design students proudly display their felted material creations

Fabrics for digital printing

Increased freight charges have impacted on our raw material costs necessitating a price review for digitally printed fabrics with effect from 1 April. The lab is currently trialling some new fabrics to add to its range including a light weight woven merino wool fabric suitable for apparel and accessories.

Please email tdl@aut.ac.nz for an updated product list.

Student familiarisation sessions

The lab will be hosting a series of familiarisation sessions for new staff and students during March and April.  The purpose of these half-hour sessions is to make students and staff aware of the lab’s resources and how it can support students throughout the course of their studies.

Email tdl@aut.ac.nz to arrange a session.

2022 short course and workshop dates

The next round of short courses and workshops has been deferred until mid-year due to current concerns around gatherings and travel. Registrations for the June and July courses are now open and full details can be viewed on the TDL website.

Our 2022 programme consists 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

To register your interest in our short courses and workshops, please email tdl@aut.ac.nz

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