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December 2019

2020 short course and workshop dates announced

Dates for our March/April 2020 short courses and workshops have been finalised and online registrations are now open. The courses are all two days in duration and the programme comprises of the following:

Intoduction to Textiles, International Textile Development and Sourcing, E-Textiles, 3D Simulation and Concept Development, Knitwear Design using the Shima Seiki Apex Design System, Photoshop Basics for Textile Design and Digital Textile Design – Repeating Patterns.

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Textile Design graduate’s China experience

Recent Textile Design graduate, Kate Whittaker, has just returned from Xiamen in China where she represented Australia and New Zealand in the Society of Dyers and Colourists Global Colour Atlas competition. As well as getting to see many of the attractions in and around the city, the finalists spent time at the Xiamen Academy of Arts and Design at the Fuzhou University where they were shown a range of techniques that local students are using in their textile design work. The finalists were also taken on factory tours including dye houses and apparel manufacturers.

Kate Whittaker

Australia and New Zealand representative, Kate Whittaker, at the SDC Global Colour Atlas event in China

Lab to host Canadian researcher

The Textile and Design Lab will be welcoming visiting researcher, Kelly Thompson, from Concordia University in Canada in March. Kelly is a co-Director of the Textiles and Materiality Cluster at the university’s Milieux Institute, where the focus is on research-creation at the intersection of the fine arts, digital culture and information technology.

Wool focused internship for Creative Technologies student

Master of Creative Technologies student, Colin Anderson, has been awarded a summer internship with Auckland based clean air technology company, Lanaco. Colin is no stranger to textiles having worked with the lab to develop his smart ‘Physiowear’ shorts for remedying poor posture in the final year of his bachelor’s degree. He will work alongside the company’s R+D team on a new wearable project until March of next year.

Summer studentship to support wool research project

PhD student, Mitali Nauyital, will be working with TDL Director, Professor Frances Joseph, on research into wool-based innovation in New Zealand over the summer break. Mitali was the recipient of an AUT Summer Studentship to support her in this research. After the holiday period, Mitali will be interviewing New Zealand wool research organisations, companies and designers who are developing innovative products and applications for wool.

Holiday closure dates

The Textile and Design Lab will close for business on Friday 20 December and re-open on Tuesday 7 January 2020. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our industry and research partners, students and colleagues for their contribution to the successes that we have enjoyed this year.

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