aut textile and design lab
The Textile and Design Lab has been digitally printing textiles since its inception in 2006. The benefits of the digital printing process include short run and sampling capability, quick turnaround, no set up costs, photographic image capability with limitless colours, and the ability to produce customised designs. Our printing resources are continually utilised by students and commercial partners who include fashion and textile designers, visual artists, interior designers, photographic artists, creative technologists and numerous one-off applications. The lab prints a range of natural fabrics including silk, cotton, linen, hemp and rayon. Images of some of our digitally printed fabrics are kindly supplied by:
Isone Olivier (Whitecliffe College student) Digitally printed hemp
Fiona Amundsen & Tim Corballis, Human Hand (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews
Who am i?
The Textile and Design Lab specialises in the printing of natural fibre materials. It has a Mutoh 1628TD Valuejet roll to roll printer that has continuous printing capability with excellent print definition. We use water soluble reactive dyes that produce vibrant and durable prints without affecting the handle of the fabric. Ancillary equipment including a steam fixation unit, wet finishing room and rotary press support the lab’s digital printing capabilities.