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September 2022

New jacquard knitting workshop

A new practical jacquard knitting workshop has been introduced to the lab’s short course and workshop programme, the first of which will be run on Tuesday and Wednesday 8 and 9 November.  The workshop will introduce participants to the Shima Seiki Apex system to create knitted jacquard designs using both the Design and Knit software.  Each participant will design and produce their own customised knitted scarf.   This is the third knit-focused workshop and follows the Knitwear Design and Wholegarment® Knitting workshops being held the previous week. The new workshop will be presented by AUT postgraduate and TDL team member, Finn Godbolt, who has specialised in this field of knitting for several years.

Read more and register here.

One of Finn’s knitted jacquard designs

Taster workshops for secondary schools

The lab will be hosting a series of one-day workshops between early November and mid-December aimed at introducing secondary school art and technology students to the lab’s digital textile printing, felting, knitting and tufting technologies. Students will be taken through the various processes to create tangible outputs from each technology. Each workshop can cater for up to 25 students. Email tdl@aut.ac.nz for full details.

Student success

Master of Design student, Dariah Anderson, has been carrying out her research with the support of the lab for the last 18 months to develop a collection of felted materials using re-worked wool fibre.  Her project considered the design findings at each stage of the re-working process from disassembling through to carding, felting and dyeing of salvaged wool materials.

Dariah’s collection of re-worked wool materials

Industrial Design students’ showcase

A collection of work by our Year 2 Industrial Design students will be showcased in the WE Building window gallery on St Paul Street during October.  The students are at the final stage of their soft materials paper during which they were introduced to strong wool and its many inherent benefits.  They were then tasked with designing and developing prototypes using the lab’s knitting, felting and tufting technologies.  The paper is co-taught by Jyoti Kalyanji and Dan Collings who arranged several guest lectures from prominent members of the New Zealand wool and textiles sectors.

Short courses and workshops

Dates have been finalised for the next round of our 2022 short course and workshop programme, which will be held in October, November and early December. The programme includes the following subjects:

  • CLO 3D Fashion Design
  • Digital Textile Design – Repeating Patterns
  • E-Textiles
  • Felt making
  • Knitwear Design
  • Introduction to Textiles
  • Introduction to Woven Textiles
  • Jacquard Knitting
  • Photoshop Basics for Textile Design
  • Wholegarment® (seamless) Knitting

Full details and registration here.

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