Amy Sio-Atoa

Amy Sio-Atoa

Senior Tutor Textiles, Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design

Amy has been teaching textile surface design specialising in print, dye, hand embroidery and digital embroidery for 10 years within the technical team and has recently shifted to an academic teaching role.

She is a practice-led researcher whose work has previously been informed by visual analysis of textile prints, wallpapers, paintings and embroideries that focus on questioning idealised or romanticised notions of paradise. Amy is also an intuitive colour hunter. 

  • Expertise

    Hand crafted and digital embroidery, screen printed textiles, digitally printed textiles, repeat pattern, synthetic and natural dye, textile history, textile chemical health and safety and textile fibre science.

  • Recent research successes

    Amy supported Te Kāhui Toi and Kura Puke as a digital embroidery specialist on Te Rau Karamu Marae to develop Te Wairere, part of the interior wharenui toi-whakairo (artwork).  The top half of the wall features digitally embroidered Vertiface, in a skyscape featuring numerous cloud, rain, air current entities.  Amy’s work was primarily finding a mutual visual language for translating Kura Puke’s artwork into digital stitch.

    The Textiles in Te Rau Karamu Marae won a gold pin at the Best Awards in 2022. 

  • Qualifications

    Bachelor of Design with Honours (Massey University)
    Master of Design (Textiles) (Massey University)

  • Professional affiliations or service roles

    Thinktactics: design thinking through the Technology Action Group