Rachelle Moore



Rachelle Moore AUT

Textile Terrains: A Technique-Led Design Methodology for Knitted Surface

This practice-led research from Rachelle Moore explores how the hybrid knit-weave technique, inlay, can be used to build knitted surface topographies through the assemblage of material forces.

For the project, two textile techniques, links-links and inlay knitting, are programmed to manipulate surface movements through layered material agency. Digital-crafting methods combine advanced knitting technologies and traditional textile approaches to surface creation.

Moore uses photographic images of her grandmother’s farm in Coromandel, New Zealand, to provide a base to build sectional positioning of the layered knit design elements. To extend the technical-design aspect of this practice, the landscape photographs are interpreted into five sequentially knitted surface topographies: The Metamorphic Series.

The Metamorphic Series illustrates surface disruption through crafted assemblage of scaled pattern repeats and combinations of material performances. Utilising a digital-physical approach to making, the collisional material forces traverse knitted panel boundaries that allow the viewer to navigate patterning across the multiple terrains. Haptic encounters provide tactile engagement with the built surface conditions. The combinations of links-links stitch structures activate material agency to reveal and conceal the fragmented inlay pattern.


This research is significant, as it provides a new approach to knitted surface design and encourages interdisciplinary designer engagement with complex digital knitting technologies. 




Rachelle Moore AUT

Centre for Design Research
Te Kura Toi a Hoahoa
School of Art and Design

Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau,
Auckland University of Technology


Susan Hedges susan.hedges@aut.ac.nz
Mandy Smith mandy.smith@aut.ac.nz

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