Category Archives: Favourite things

Exhibition: Once at the Dowse starring ‘Huttette’

Once, The Dowse Art Museum 25 Feb – 11 Jun 2017 FREE admission In 2008 when I worked at the Dowse Art Museum we commissioned textile artist Vita Cochran to make a creative response to Malcolm Harrison’s remarkable work, The Family. This much-loved … Continue reading

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Call for papers: Metamorphosis, March 2017, Dunedin

Otago Polytechnic and iD 2017 are calling for papers for a fashion symposium on Friday 24 March 2017 in Dunedin, hosted by the School of Design, Otago Polytechnic, in conjunction with iD Dunedin Fashion Week. The traditional fashion system has … Continue reading

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Singing, dancing, frocks and books

Madeleine St John’s novel, The Women in Black, was released quietly in the 1990s, when the nostalgia for mid-century style was yet to hit its peak but since it was re-released by Text Publishing in 2012, it’s been readily available … Continue reading

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Mark your diary – the countdown is on for Auckland’s famous VINTAGE TEXTILE FAIR!!

This anticipated event is the largest of its type in Australasia and is the place to purchase items from comprehensive displays carefully collected throughout the year by a range of exhibitors. Everything for sale is genuine vintage … from the 1970s or earlier! On offer … Continue reading

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Missed IRIS at the NZIFF? Well it’s coming back on the 17th Sept and we have free tickets to give away!

“I’m not pretty, and I’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. I have something much better. I have style.” – IRIS APFEL Veteran documentary maestro Albert Maysles’ Iris is a captivating salute to a proud flag-bearer of the vanishing … Continue reading

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Share your textile treasures online with Te Papa

The exhibition Tīvaevae: Out of the glory box  (on at Te Papa until October 2015) celebrates the art of Cook Islands quilting through Te Papa’s remarkable collection. Each tīvaevae carries the stories and skills of the women who made them, and … Continue reading

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A treat for Japanese textile lovers!

This afternoon I spent two blissful hours looking through racks of the most wonderfully varied vintage kimono, shelves of rolls of old kimono fabric and bins of remnants of vintage Japanese textiles reflecting a variety of techniques, some a century old. If you … Continue reading

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Save the Date!

The long established and much loved Auckland Vintage Textile Fair will be held again this year (at the usual venue – Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane, Auckland) – but will be held slightly earlier on: Sunday August 31 2014 Don’t worry, we’ll … Continue reading

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New local vintage magazine available online

A group of New Zealand vintage enthusiasts have just launched a new online lifestyle magazine celebrating all things vintage. The first edition of Glory Days is dedicated to summer holidays. Enjoy.

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A blog you might enjoy – The Gentle Author

As the world succombs to Royal Wedding fever, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce members to The Gentle Author, who writes daily about life ‘in Spitalfields at the heart of London’ – the home of Spitalfields silk.  An … Continue reading

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