Professor Frances Joseph

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Director of the Textile and Design Laboratory (TDL)

Phone: 099219999 ext 9750


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Frances Joseph is a professor of Art and Design and director of the Textile and Design Laboratory at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) New Zealand. She studied visual art at the University of Tasmania, majoring in sculpture, and worked professionally as an artist and designer for puppetry and large scale public performances. Frances has an MFA from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from Auckland University of Technology. Her research focus on materiality and textility, engages areas of e-textiles, materiality, sustainability and interdisciplinary collaboration. She teaches in areas of design research methodology, material futures, innovation and the history and philosophy of technology. Frances currently supervises Masters and PhD students in the schools of Art and Design, Engineering and  Colab, in both scientific and artistic research projects. In 2006 she co-authored a successful New Zealand Government grant application to establish AUT’s Textile and Design Lab in. She was the lead author in another New Zealand Government funded initiative that led to the formation of Colab, a ‘collaboratory’ for new forms of interdisciplinary engagement in 2008.

Teaching Areas:

  • Postgraduate Supervision
  • Research Methodology
  • Material Futures
  • Transdisciplinary Practice

Research Areas:

  • Materiality and Textility
  • Smart Textiles
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

Research Summary:

My research is concerned with issues of materiality, intra-action, mediation and embodiment through practice-based and phenomenological inquiry. This work has drawn from my background as a sculptor, engaged with materials and structures; a designer for puppetry and public performance working with embodiment and interaction; a producer for public events and theatre, building interdisciplinary teams; and as a designer and creative technologist using new technologies including animatronics, culturally oriented computational ontologies, interactive and digital textile technologies. I am  involved in both theoretical and applied areas of this research, working on functional applications  as well as speculative and artistic projects.

Current Research Projects:

Phenomenal Dress (2018 - current) a collaboration between Frances Joseph, Dr Miranda Smitheram and KareKare beach, exploring concepts of making-with  ecosystem and localized phenomena to develop mediated materials, textile surfaces, forms and affordances  in critical engagement with issues of interconnection, intra-action and ecology.

Material interfaces as  catalysts for learning about technology, craft  and community building (2017 - current), with Dr Donna Cleveland. An inquiry into philosophical approaches,  pedagogicall strategies and impacts of e-textile workshops.

Textiles, Technology and Language ( 2017 - current)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

Journal articles

  • Lin, X., Seet, B. -C., Joseph, F., & Li, E. (2018). Flexible Fractal Electromagnetic Bandgap for Millimeter-Wave Wearable Antennas. IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 17(7). doi:10.1109/LAWP.2018.2842109

  • Joseph, F. (2017). Redressing perspectives: Mediation, embodiment and materiality in digital fashion and textiles. NECSUS : European Journal of Media Studies, #Dress(Autumn 2017). Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F., Smitheram, M., Cleveland, D., Stephen, C., & Fisher, H. (2017). Digital materiality, embodied practices and fashionable interactions in the design of soft wearable technologies. International Journal of Design, 11(3). Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F., Smitheram, M., & Kalyanji, J. (2016). Fluid Materialities: Physical and digital modes of textile making. Making Futures, 4. Retrieved from

  • McLaren, R., Joseph, F., Baguley, C., & Taylor, D. (2016). A review of e-textiles in neurological rehabilitation: How close are we?. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 13(Jun). doi:10.1186/s12984-016-0167-0

  • Otter, S., Rome, K., Ihaka, B., South, A., Smith, M., Gupta, A., . . . Heslop, P. (2015). Protective socks for people with diabetes: A systematic review and narrative analysis. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 8. doi:10.1186/s13047-015-0068-7

  • Kalyanji, J., & Joseph, F. (2013). Machine-crafted: Investigating form and aesthetics in the seamless knit environment as a sustainable textile design practice. Making Futures on line Journal, 3(Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice). Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F. (2013). Collaborative making: Developing expressive e-textiles for dance. Studies in Material Thinking, 9(August 2013). Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F., Hugain-Lacirre, N., & Ziegler, V. (2012). Digital Art Live: Exploring the Aesthetics of Interactivity. Journal of Creative Technologies, (3). Retrieved from

  • Kasabov, N., Jain, V., Gottgtroy, P. C. M., Benuskova, L., & Joseph, F. (2007). Brain gene ontology and simulation system (BGOS) for a better understanding of the brain. Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal, 38. Retrieved from

  • Joseph Frances. (2003). Three days in Beijing: A report of the international graphic design education forum (IGEF). Prodesign: Official Journal of the Designers Institute of New Zealand, (63).

  • Joseph, F., & Fox, A. (2001). Nobby Clark: Picturing Auckland in Time. PRODESiGN, (52).

  • Joseph Frances. (2001). Provocative Exhibition. PRODESiGN, (54).

  • Joseph Frances. (2001). The New Zealand Design Archives: Digital Resource Building and Design History. Journal of Design History, 14(3).

Creative works

  • Joseph, F., & Allen, M. (2014). Evolving E-Textiles Thinking (No. Of Pieces: ) [Artefact]. Auckland University of Technology: Textile and Design Lab, AUT. Retrieved from

  • Fraser, A. R., Joseph, F., Smitheram, M., & Chan Villi, Y. (2013). Domestic Camouflage [Artefact].

  • Joseph, F., Charlton, J., & Hutchesson, D. (2011). Digitally Augmented Gallery Guide [Artefact]. Cnr Wellesley and. Retrieved from

  • Hugain-Lacire, N., Joseph, F., & Barnett, S. (2011). Digital Art Live Project and Exhibition Programme [Artefact]. Auckland: The Edge. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F., Merritt, D., Karaitiana, R., Mousdale, C., Ings, W., Gilderdale, P., . . . Wardrop, S. (1999). The New Zealand Graphic Design Archive (No. Of Pieces: ) [Artefact]. Auckland: School of Art & Design, Auckland Institute of Technology.

Book chapters

  • Lin, X., Seet, B. -C., & Joseph, F. (2017). Wireless sensing systems for body area networks. In S. C. Mukhopadhyay, K. Jayasundera, & A. Swain (Eds.), Sensors for everyday life: Biomedical applications (pp. 221-239). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-47319-2_11

  • Joseph, F. (2012). Economies of interaction. In A. Hagoort, A. Thomassen, & R. Kooyman (Eds.), Pioneering minds: On the entrepreneurial principles of the cultural and creative industries (pp. 134-137). Delft, Netherlands and Chicago,‎ Illinois: Eburon Delft and Chicago University Press.

  • Kasabov, N., Jain, V., Benuskova, L., Gottgtroy, P., & Joseph, F. (2008). Integration of brain-gene ontology and simulation systems for learning, modelling and discovery. In Computational Intelligence in Medical Informatics (pp. 211-233). Berlin: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-75767-2_11

  • Glamuzina, J., Mousdale, C., Joseph, F., & Yiakmis, K. (2002). Long life graphics. In J. Glamuzina, F. Joseph, & K. Yiakmis (Eds.), Sound design: An exhibition of music graphics from the UK and NZ (pp. 10-12). New Zealand Design Archives ; British Council.

Conference contributions

  • Joseph, F. (2018). Extending Antipodean Textility. In Knitting the Gap: Textiles meets Architecture meets Textiles. Nottingham: ArchInTex Network. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F., & Smitheram, M. (2018). Addressing Place. In DESIGNA 2018 Territory Programme and Book of Abstracts (pp. 38). Covihlã: Unidade de Investigação, LABCOM. IFP. Universidade de Beira Interior. Retrieved from

  • Smitheram, M., & Joseph, F. (2018). Making With: Hybrid Practices in the development of new forms of intra-active dress. In Hybrid Labs Symposium, The Third Renewable Futures Conference. Espoo: Aalto University. Retrieved from

  • Lin, X., Seet, B. -C., & Joseph, F. (2018). Wearable Humidity Sensing Antenna for BAN Applications over 5G Networks. In 2018 IEEE 19th Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON) (pp. 5 pages). Sand Key, FL: IEEE. doi:10.1109/WAMICON.2018.8396055

  • Joseph, F. (2016). Sapient textiles: Materiality, dediation and embodiment. In A Body of Knowledge: Embodied Cognition and the Arts. University of California. Retrieved from

  • Reilly, L. (2015). The shift from 3D body scanned data to the physical world.. In Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design. Auckland: Retrieved from

  • Lin, X., Seet, B. -C., & Joseph, F. (2015). Fabric antenna with body temperature sensing for BAN applications over 5G wireless systems. In 2015 9th International Conference on Sensing Technology (ICST) (pp. 591-595). Auckland: IEEE.

  • McMaster, S., & Joseph, F. (2014). Smart Knit Structures for Bio monitoring: Configuration and Contact. In The 43rd Textiles Research Conference. Christchurch.

  • Joseph, F., & Heslop, P. (2014). Advancing E-Textile research and development capability through cross disciplinary collaboration. In The 43rd Textiles Research Conference. Christchurch.

  • Smitheram, M. (2014). Remediation: Digital textile morphs. In Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design (pp. 74-75). Auckland. Retrieved from

  • Kalyanji, J., & Joseph, F. (2013). Machine-Crafted: Investigating form and aesthetics in the seamless knit environment as a sustainable textile design practice. In Accepted Abstracts, Making Futures 3 Conference. Plymouth: Plymouth College of Art. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F. (2013). Collaborative registers of interactive art. In Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney (pp. 3 pages). Sydney: ISEA International, the Australian Network for Art & Technology and the University of Sydney. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F. (2012). Collaborative making: The Development of E-Textiles for Dance Costumes. In Book of Abstracts: Making An International Conference on Materiality and Making (pp. 72). Notodden: Telmark University College and The Nordic research network.

  • Bliss, S. R., & Joseph, F. (2012). Communicating Through Food: An Analysis of the Design of the Covers of Cuisine Magazine as they relate to the Development of Gastronomic Identity in New Zealand. In International Conference on Designing Food and Designing for Food. Conference Proceedings (pp. 22 pages). London: London Metropolitan University. Retrieved from

  • Bliss, S., & Joseph, F. (2012). Communicating through food: An analysis of the design of the covers of Cuisine Magazine as they relate to the development of culinary identity in New Zealand. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Designing Food and Designing For Food 2012 (pp. 315-336). London: London Metropolitan University and The International Food Design Society. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F. (2012). Collaborative Making: Developing e-textiles for dance. In Making. An International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge. Notodden.

  • Joseph, F. (2011). Methodological Pluralism or Specialisation: Evaluating approaches to research training. In Pre-Proceedings of DED 2011. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F., & Hutchesson, D. (2010). Spaces of Interaction: Be Aware, Audience at Play!. In Createworld 2010 Conference. Brisbane.

  • Fraser, A., Joseph, F., & Cie, C. (2010). Future Professionals: The Teaching of Digital Textile Design. In Fashion: Sustainability and Creativity Conference Proceedings 2010, International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI (pp. 518-527). Taiwan.

  • Cie, C., & Joseph, F. (2010). New Dimensions: Sustainability in digital design and print for textiles. In Proceedings of Sustainability in Design: Now, LeNS (Learning Network on Sustainability) Conference. Bangalore.

  • Joseph, F., & Cie, C. (2009). Re-distributed Thinking: Paradigmatic shifts in textile design technologies and methodologies. In Cumulus 2009 Conference. Melbourne.

  • Joseph, F. (2008). Design Research and Domain Representation. In Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2008 (pp. 141/1-141/15). Sheffield. U.K.

  • Joseph, F. (2007). Design research and computational intelligence. In Techno-Praxis, 2007 AUT Postgraduate Conference. Auckland.

  • Jain, V., Kasabov, N., Gottgtroy, P., Benuskova, L., & Joseph, F. (2007). Brain gene ontology (BGO): Tool to facilitate education and research in neuroinformatics area. In Fifth New Zealand Computer Science Research Student Conference (NZCSRSC (pp. 262-265). Hamilton.

  • Evans Mikellis, S., Fraser, A., Joseph, F., & Heslop, P. (2007). Going Digital: Innovation through new design, print and knit technologies. In 2007 Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ) Education Conference. Wellington.

  • Kasabov, N., Jain, V., Gottgtroy, P. C. M., Benuskova, L., & Joseph, F. (2006). Brain-Gene Ontology: Integrating Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics Data, Information and Knowledge to Enable Discoveries.. In HIS 2006. : IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved from

  • Fitchett, D., Joseph, F., & Lu, W. (2005). Community & Communication: Rethinking the crit session via online delivery. In Te Whakatere Navigating with the Arts in the Pacific, ANZAAE. Massey University.

  • Giard, J., Jackson, M., Joseph, F., Pijawka, D., & Yap, L. (2005). Doctor of Design: Capability Development Through Work-Based Learning. In Unknown Conference (pp. 91-104). : College of Design,Arizona State University.

  • Fitchett, D. C., Joseph, F., & Lu, W. (2005). Community & Communication: Rethinking the crit session via online delivery. In Te Whakatere Navigating with the Arts in the Pacific, ANZAAE. Massey University.

  • Joseph Frances. (2003). Design research: Design collection. In Connecting, Collecting and Creating Knowledge: Libraries, Archives and Research in the 21st Century. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.

  • Joseph Frances. (2003). Navigating design and its histories. In Survey: Current art and design research and practice within Australian tertiary art and design schools: ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools) Annual 2003 Conference. University of Tasmania, Hobart.

  • Joseph Frances. (2003). Picturing Auckland in time: Place, community and change in the work of graphic artist Nobby Clark. In Between Empires: Communication, Globalisation and Identity [Conference]. Auckland University of Technology, Auckland.

  • Joseph Frances. (2002). Past into future: Local graphic design education forum. In International Graphic Design Education Forum. . Retrieved from

  • Joseph Frances. (2002). Towards a memotechne of design. In Designing Britain 1945-1975 Conference. Brighton.

  • Joseph Frances. (2001). The Digital Collection. In Digitisation and Knowledge. Auckland University of Technology.

  • Joseph Francis. (2000). Pieces of a Jigsaw: The Influences of Digital Archiving Methods on the Construction of New Zealand Design History.. In Digital Resources in the Humanities Conference. Sheffield.

  • Joseph, F. (1999). Design History in the Virtual Classroom: Digital Archives for Teaching, Learning and Research. In 1999 Design in Education Council of Australia Conference. Sydney.

Edited books/volumes

  • Joseph, F., Smith, A. E., Smitheram, M., & Hamon, J. (2015). Shapeshifting: A conference on transformative paradigms of fashion and textile design. Auckland, New Zealand: Textile and Design Laboratory / Colab, Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from


  • Lu, W., Joseph, F., & Jackson, M. (2003). ADORe [Computer Software]. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology Retrieved from


  • Joseph, F. (2010). Mnemotechne of Design — Ontology and Design Research Theories. (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand).

Oral presentations

  • Joseph, F. (2017). Smart Textiles for Sports Performance. AUckland, NZ..

  • Joseph, F. (2014). Smart Knitted textiles for Theraputic Interaction. Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Joseph, F. (2014). Innovation Through Design and New Textile Technologies. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA.

  • Joseph, F. (2013). Dynamic Textiles Project: Research in collaboration with industry. Ronse, Belgium. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F. (2013). The Textile and Design Laboratory. Loughborough UK.

  • Joseph, F., Hugain LaCirre, N., Silver, H., & Newall, K. (2013). POP:Share Round #2 Foster and develop an interactive art community. AUT Auckland. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F., & Heslop, P. (2012). Textile and Design Lab Case Studies. Auckland, NZ.

  • Potter, E., Joseph, F., & Rasch, I. (2011). Pasifika Visualisation Project: Communication Strategies for Educational Information. Hamilton. Retrieved from

Other outputs

  • Lin, X., Seet, B. -C., & Joseph, F. (2016). Fine-pitch surface component mounting on screen-printed fabric circuits. In Electronics Letters (Iss. 12). IET. doi:10.1049/el.2016.1044

  • Newall, K., & Joseph, F. (2014). Engaging Creatures: Understanding AR Through Making.. In Conference Workshop. NordiChi 2014 Conference.

  • Eyles, J., Lu, W., Fitchett, D., & Joseph, F. (2005). Art and Design Postgraduate Network: Supporting the flexible delivery of postgraduate courses in the visual literacies of art and design. Retrieved from

  • Eyles, J., Fitchett, D., Joseph, F., & Lu, W. (2005). ADPGN: The Art & Design Postgraduate Network. Flexible Learning System and Pedagogy. Retrieved from

  • Joseph, F. (1999). Research & Creativity & Teaching & Knowledge. In Good Teacher Magazine.