aut textile and design lab
The Textile and Design Lab’s Feltloom has proven to be and extremely versatile resource for students and commercial partners alike. Its ease of operation and hands-on functionality enhance the appeal of the Feltloom, which is used by visual artists, creative technologists, fashion and textile designers, spatial and interior designers, and engineers. Designs can be applied to the felted material by way of handcrafting, laser etching/cutting and digital printing. Felting has been proven as an ideal method to convert textile waste into recycled materials as illustrated by Donna Cleveland and Kynan Robinson’s projects. Images of work produced on the lab’s Feltloom by the following students/colleagues:
Blinda Huang (B Design – Textile Design) Felted wool/digitally printed silk bags
Donna Cleveland (PhD) - Transformational Cloth: Weaving the Undervalued Threads of Textile Waste into a Value Added Change Model – felted materials and interiors
Kynan Robinson (B Design – Industrial Design) Felted recycled plastic bottle tops for interior partitioning
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The Textile and Design Lab commissioned its first needle felting Feltloom about 5 years’ ago, its first venture into non-woven textiles, which has since proven to be a big hit with students and product developers alike. Our FeltLOOM® is an ideal resource for researchers, students and designers to experiment with and produce innovative, custom designed felted fabrics using a range of fibres. The Feltloom is easy to use and can produce modest quantities up to a maximum width of 150 cm.