Natalie McLeod

Natalie McLeod

Lecturer, textile design, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design

Natalie McLeod is a researcher and lecturer in textile design. Her  creative practice-based research investigates new ways to generate and experience pattern in the post-digital age. She experiments with repeat pattern specific to the design and production of printed textiles and how knowledge in this area can be extended by contemporary digital media technologies such as virtual modelling, interactive devices, animation and digital spatial projection. This cross-disciplinary approach also explores perception and experience of scale, form and space through virtual and physical means in creative works that have been disseminated at venues in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Her teaching areas include design for screen and digitally printed textiles and wall-coverings.

  • Expertise

    Pattern design, screen-printed textile design, digital textile design, digital modelling and animation.

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  • Research Highlights

    The Wiggler (2017) Exhibitied as part of Lux Nightlight Festoval, Wellington Waterfront, N.Z.
    An interactive installation in collaboration with Michael Jones. The Wiggler is a time-based interactive kinetic installation that presents the 2-dimensional ogival pattern commonly found in printed and woven textiles as a large scale 4-dimensional experience, serving as a creative tool to teach the public about textile design principles.

    Dynamic Pattern (2016) Exhibited as part of Transgressing Traditions: Contemporary Textiles by the Surface Design Association, Schweinfurth Art Center, New York, USA.
    A video work that explores and presents methods for the formation of the ogival repeat pattern network as a digital animation. The work illustrates the traditional repeat design methods of rotation and reflection common to traditional block printing for the creation of multiple pattern layouts in a digital format, modelled and animated using Autodesk 3dStudioMax software. The work both highlights and promotes the exploration and application of traditional textile pattern design knowledge through digital media.

    Micro-Inhabitation (2012) Exhibited as part of An Interior Affair: A State of Becoming at Form Gallery, Perth, Australia. 
    A virtual, patterned environment derived from microscopic form and surface, designed in conjunction with spatial designer Stuart Foster. This interactive projected landscape strives to communicate the experience of microscopy, where the miniature becomes gigantic.

  • Qualifications

    BA(Hons) (The Glasgow School of Art)
    MDes (The Glasgow School of Art)