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August 2021

MaDE 2021 conference

The Textile and Design Lab (TDL) will be well represented at the Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship (MaDE) conference being held in Auckland on 15-16 November. The MaDE Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy. TDL Research Fellow, Jyoti Kalyanji, will present her work on the exploration of the additive fabrication capability of digital knitting technology on Day 2 of the conference. TDL Director, Frances Joseph, will also present a paper on innovation in design and manufacturing with digital knit technologies. Read more about the MaDE conference.

Lab welcomes Special Projects students

Three students have recently enrolled on a Special Projects paper in the School of Future Environments and will be spending much of the semester familiarising themselves with the lab's design and programming systems and knitting technology. Neesha Johnson, Sarah Coxhead and Stacey Rose will be working under the supervision of Research Fellow, Jyoti Kalyanji, before commencing their Master's degrees in the New Year.

Digital tabecloth project

Sixty year 2 Spatial Design students were recently tasked with creating their own digitised menu for their semester 1 project. The files were subsequently printed on cotton fabric at the lab before being assembled into an over-sized tablecloth. 'The printing looked great and the students were so stoked', says Lecturer Lucy Meyle.

Going the extra mile!

Students at Hamilton's Hillcrest High School were surprised to see their Dean and Assistand Dean arrive at their recent ball wearing matching suits adorned with photographs of every one of their year 13 pupils. Head of Materials Technology teacher, Ashleigh Teahan, came up with the idea following a very disruptive year for the students as they moved in and out of lockdowns. She approached the lab to ask if we could transform her idea into reality by digitally printing the photographs onto fabric, which she then converted into the suits for herself and Year 13 Dean, Brett Chibnall. 'We spent most of the night being followed around by students trying to find themselves and their friends on our outfits', said Ashleigh.

Brett Chibnall and Ashleigh Teahan proudly sporting their customided outfits

November short course and workshop dates announced

Dates for our next round of short courses and workshops to be held in November have been finalised and registrations are now open via the TDL website. 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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