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Textile and Design Lab

The Textile and Design Lab (TDL) is a research and development centre at the Auckland University of Technology engaged with design and innovation through new fashion and textile technologies for the purposes of research, product development, training and education. A key objective of the TDL is to build capability and contribute to the development and value creation within the NZ design and textile industries. Another aim is knowledge sharing which is achieved through hosting workshops, short courses, master classes, symposia and conferences. The lab has invested in computer aided design systems, digital textile and garment printing, WholeGarment® and intarsia knitting machinery.  

We work with a range of industry partners and organisations utilising our design and technical expertise. Access to the TDL is available to anyone wishing to carry out research and/or product development in the apparel and textile fields. Students from both AUT and other tertiary institutes are welcome to access our facilities to produce their collections, for exhibitions and projects. Researchers and research-led companies are actively encouraged to engage with the lab and push the boundaries of the lab's technologies and expertise in their quest for innovation and knowledge. Designers and commercial businesses are also welcome to work with us on the design and development of new products, prototyping, sampling and small-scale production.

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  • This two day introductory e-textile workshop is aimed at designers, educators and crafters who would like to learn more about e-textiles and soft circuits. The course is intended to provide participants with the basic knowledge and tools to incorporate electronics and computing into their own creative and/or teaching practices.
  • AUT University’s Textile and Design Lab is hosting New Zealand’s first public symposium on Wearable Technologies and Smart Textiles, sometimes referred to as electronic or e-Textiles.
  • These 3 hour felt making sessions enable students and external designers to develop their machine felting design and making skills on the lab’s Feltloom.
  • This introductory 1-day workshop will teach the use of the FeltLOOM® needle-felting machine as a tool for textile design and creation.