Alana Clifton-Cunningham brings industry design expertise to her teaching and research, specifically in knitted constructed textiles, an area where she is internationally recognised, and in which Australian wool is her preferred material.
Alana's practice-based research challenges current assumptions about knitted structures to explore a myriad of new applications, including fashion but extending beyond it to performance textiles in sport, defence and health.
She works in multidisciplinary teams and is keen to explore further collaborative opportunities in new technologies and methodologies. Her industry partners have included Abbvie Pharmaceutical, and she has also been an expert witness in a major federal court case over intellectual property.
In 2015 Alana created The Knit Lab at UTS which integrates her research with innovative studio teaching and is attracting growing numbers of students and industry partners.
She has presented her research at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, York University Canada, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, UNSW’s Art & Design, RMIT in Melbourne, Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and Curtin University in Western Australia.
Many of her knitted design works have been exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally, including the Fashion Art Biennale in Seoul, MAAS, Tamworth Regional Gallery (Textile Triennial) and the Wangaratta Art Gallery (Contemporary Textile Award). They have also been acquired by leading institutional collections, including Tamworth Art Gallery and The Embroiders Guild of New South Wales.