Our latest newsletter and press articles

April 2022

Knit workshops for AUT students

A suite of knit related workshops has been developed by the Textile and Design Lab for AUT students who are studying in schools within the Faculty of Design, Engineering and Creative Technologies. The workshops will require students to attend a weekly 2-hour class for a period of 4 weeks and will commence during the second week of May. The subjects on offer include E-Textiles, 3-Dimensional Tubular Forms, Jacquard Knitting and WholeGarment® seamless knitwear.

Places are limited. Email tdl@aut.ac.nz for full details.

Student award for knitted cancer rehab bra

Massey University student, Lucy Grunfeld, was the recipient of the university’s Grand Ideas top prize and People’s Choice award for her knitted rehabilitation bra, Comfi (see link below). Lucy worked with the TDL to develop the seamless bra on the WholeGarment® knitting machine. ‘The postoperative bras currently on the market don’t adapt to a patient’s changing needs and can increase the trauma they face in recovery’, says Lucy. Comfi bras have been designed for increased comfort and user control, while allowing adjustability in size and fit, as well as functionality to meet the changing medical requirements in short and long-term use. Lucy will be continuing with this research through a Master of Design.

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Lucy Grunfeld

Secondary school student workshops

A growing number of secondary school technology teachers are taking advantage of the lab’s resources enabling their students to create their own felted and printed pieces for their final year projects. ‘Customised felting workshops for Year 12 and 13 students have grown in popularity since gathering restrictions have been lifted’, says TDL manager, Peter Heslop. A recent cohort of students from the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland attended a 3-hour workshop during which they were shown around the lab and given demonstrations of the knitting and digital printing technologies before undergoing an induction session on the lab’s Feltloom. The students then worked on creating their own range of felted materials.

Students from the Diocesan School for Girls at a recent felt making workshop

Student familiarisation sessions

The lab will be hosting a series of familiarisation sessions during May and June now that students are back on campus. The purpose of these half-hour sessions is to make students aware of the lab’s resources and how it can support them throughout the course of their studies.

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

2022 short courses and workshop dates

The next round of short courses and workshops will be held in June and July. Registrations 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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