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October 2021

ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards

Congratulations to Master of Creative Technologies graduate and TDL staff member, Dan Collings, for being selected as a finalist in this year’s ECC NZ Student Craft/Design awards being hosted by the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt. Dan worked extensively with the lab throughout his studies to create outstanding pieces of jacquard design knitwear, including his final Master’s collection, ‘Bound by Binary’, as pictured below. As well as the judged awards, there is also a People’s Choice award category for which a cash prize of $1000 is up for grabs. Voting closes on 10 November.

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Prestigious scholarship award for PhD student

School of Future Environments PhD student, Leona Wang, has been granted a prestigious Karun Thakar Fund Scholarship Award, which is offered in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Fund offers scholarships and grants of up to UK £10,000 (NZ$20,000) to students, early career researchers and emerging practitioners working anywhere in the world on aspects of Asian or African textiles and dress. Leona’s PHD re-search project is an investigation into how traditional Chinese textile processes can be com-bined with new e-textile technologies and contemporary materials.

Summer scholarship awards for TDL projects

Congratulations to School of Future Environments students, Finn Godbolt and Sarah Coxhead, both of whom have received a summer scholarship to carry out research projects with the lab. Sarah will assist the lab by investigating new applications for strong wool using knit inlay technology for technical textiles. Finn will be working on a project that focuses on design processes for aesthetic expression in digitally knitted textiles. It will explore the capabilities of Shima Seiki knit technologies, creating prototypes and presenting methods that allow for non-expert engagement. ‘We anticipate that this project will help in attracting a broader range of designers, engineers and artists to use this technology’, says project leader, Jyoti Kalyanji.

2022 short course and workshop dates

Dates for our next round of short courses and workshops to be held in February and March have been finalised and registrations will open via the TDL website with effect from Wednesday 3 November. 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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