Exhibition: Embedded at Corbans Art Estate, Auckland

In April the Corbans Art Estate opened Embedded which features ‘seven talented textile artists who push the boundaries of a typical understanding of textile art; to explore how fabric immerses us in memory, yet at the same time holds a sense of individual and collective nostalgia.’ The exhibition has been curated by Maddie Gifford and Katie Smith and runs until 28 May 2017.

Detail of ‘An Alternative View’ by Genevieve Packer. Photo: Katie Smith

Detail of ‘An Alternative View’ by Genevieve Packer. Photo: Katie Smith

The exhibition includes textiles by Annie Mackenzie, whose work has recently appeared in exhibitions at Pah House and Masterworks, Audrey Boyle, Genevieve Packer, Gina Ferguson, Katie Smith, Nalani Gloor and Pip Steel.

If you can not make it to Corbans, you can read more about the exhibition and view the artists’ work on Katie Smith’s blog Smitten.

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Extra knitting lecture in Wellington by Beth Brown-Reinsel

Beth Brown-Reinsel, Vermont-based specialist in northern hemisphere traditional knitting, is now presenting TWO lectures in Wellington. An additional lecture has been organised for those who can not nip away from work during the day.

Where: Massey University (CoCA), Old Museum Building – Room 102A

When: Tuesday 9 May – 2pm for a 2.10pm start & 5.30pm for a 5.40pm start.

Join knitting scholar and expert, Beth Brown-Reinsel, as she travels through the 19th century knitting traditions of the UK, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, and Estonia. Beth will have samples for viewing too.

See an earlier post for more information about her workshop on Wednesday.

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2017 Symposium countdown

zc9-300x225With two weeks to go, you can still register for the 2017 CTANZ Symposium, Fibre Connecting People.

The CTANZ SYMPOSIUM 2017 Programme features three keynote speakers: the NZ Fashion Museum’s Doris de Pont on clothing, identity and belonging; sustainable fashion entrepreneur Sarah Lancaster on how sewing can bring people together, and Auckland gallerist and consultant Pamela Elliott on textiles and relationships.

The dozen presentations by other members come from the ends of New Zealand and all the usual spaces in the middle. Te Papa’s Migoto Eria will talk about the Hetet dresses and gender and culture in 1970s New Zealand. Dunedin weaver and teacher Christine Keller and her student Pam McKinlay are presenting on the connections of a weaving community.  Then there’s Clevedon Valley freelance costumier Gracie Matthews on wedding dresses, or artist Rosie White on dolls, or Dunedin lecturer Stella Lange on rejuvenation and repair. And another nine besides…Lots to think about during the two days of the symposium, which kicks off on Thursday 18 May with the opening of the associated exhibition, Fibre: Connecting People at Waikato Museum, the symposium venue.

WHERE: Waikato Museum, Hamilton

WHEN: Friday 19th May – Saturday 20 May, 2017
(Official opening/exhibition opening 5pm, 18th May)

COST: For 2-day Symposium, lunch both days, morning & afternoon teas and an invitation to attend the official opening of the Symposium and the associated exhibition ‘Fibre: Connecting People‘ on Thursday 18th May, 5.30 at the Waikato Museum:

$ 120 (for CTANZ members and Friends of the Waikato Museum)
$ 180  (non members – but for $170 you can register at member rates and join CTANZ)
$ 140 (Students)
$ 60 (Optional) Symposium Dinner

To register, download the form for all the relevant details:

REGISTRATION FORM SYMPOSIUM 2017

 

 

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Beth Brown-Reinsel knitting lecture and workshop – Wellington

Beth Brown-Reinsel, Vermont-based specialist in northern hemisphere traditional knitting, is currently in New Zealand, giving lectures and conducting workshops throughout April and May. Wellington gets one of each next week.

Beth_BrownReinsel_web[3]There’s a lecture at Massey on Tuesday 9 May, 2pm, Museums Building, College of Creative Arts (location details on the poster) and a workshop on Workshop on Swedish Knitted Twined Fingerless Mitts on Wednesday 10 May, 9.30am-4.30pm. Working in the round, the techniques covered include: twine knitting, twine purling, the crook stitch, the “O” stitch, reading a chart, and the Chain Path, the twined knitted increase, an asymmetrical thumb gusset, and traditional motifs.  The workshop, at a private studio in Northland, is suitable for intermediate knitters who’re used to circular or doublepointed needles. Places are limited and cost $35; contact Marian Scott-Rowe (mscottrowe@gmail.com) for more details and bookings.

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For Beth’s other North Island events (non-members welcome) during May, see the Creative Fibre website.

Beth’s website is at http://www.knittingtraditions.com/

 

 

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Madelyn Shaw’s Dunedin talks

Visiting Smithsonian textiles curator Madelyn Shaw is having a busy time of her visit to New Zealand, and the Dunedin leg is no exception, with talks on Sunday at Otago Museum (Hutton Theatre, 2pm) and Monday at Otago Polytechnic.

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(You can read more about the wonderful coat on the poster in this Otago Museum blogpost by Jamie Metzger.)

Monday’s talk on The Geometries of Cloth and Clothing explores  how curves of the human body and the flatness of cloth marry together , with examples from various cultures, times and places.

Otago Polytechnic, Room G106 11 am Monday 1 May. All welcome.

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Free fashion lecture this Saturday 22 April – 3pm – Auckland Museum

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Amy Johnson, c.1930 (Public Domain image)

CTANZ, in association with the Auckland Museum Institute & with thanks to the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, is delighted to present

High Flown Fashion: Women Pilots and the Selling of Aviation 1909-1939

Guest speaker

Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air, when she rode as a passenger in a plane captained and navigated by two men.  This flight, coming a year after Charles Lindbergh’s nonstop solo flight between New York and Paris in May 1927, heightened the marketing frenzy among manufacturers and designers eager to share in the lustre of aviation’s heroes.  Earhart (who later made the trans-Atlantic flight on her own) joined Lindbergh as the most influential spokespersons for American aviation.

But the years between 1909 and 1939, sometimes considered aviation’s “Golden Age,” produced many female pilots—household names in their day—who worked hard for the cause of aviation.  Women such as Harriet Quimby, Amy Johnson, Louise Thaden, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Elinor Smith, Ruth Nichols, Fay Gillis, and Jacqueline Cochran played important roles in socializing aviation, through their flying skills and their public images.  This talk explores how “clothes made the [wo]man,” helping female pilots promote aviation as a safe, commonplace mode of transportation.

This lecture is one of a series of 3, proudly brought to you by CTANZ (Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand). The other lectures will be presented in Wellington (Te Papa) and Dunedin. (Advertised soon!)

 

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CTANZ Symposium 2017 is only a month away!

THERE’S NO TIME LIKE NOW TO REGISTER

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HIGHLIGHTS!

Three Keynote Speakers!

Doris de Pont needs no introduction to CTANZ members: the founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum will talk about how her ongoing exploration of the ways clothing can signify or express identity and belonging connects both her fashion careers.

Sarah Lancaster is another fashion entrepreneur: her Sew Love workshops tour the country to share her beliefs that sewing isn’t just about bringing two pieces of fabric together – it’s also about bringing people together to show how life can be more satisfying when you consume less.

Auckland consultant, artist and former gallerist Pamela Elliott will offer a perspective on the relationships formed by her multi-stranded career in textiles.

Outside the keynotes, we have a fabulous array of topics for your enjoyment, delivered by a range of CTANZ stalwarts and newcomers.

It won’t be long before the programme is out but in the meantime here’s a taste of what’s to come:

The focus of Dr. Tracey Wedge’s (Matakohe Kauri Museum) talk are garment fragments with a connection to Mary Queen of Scots from two NZ museum collections while Ann Somerville will discuss a collection of 2000 garments (the Norma Evans Collection) that she and fellow Rotorua Museum colleague Rosemary Deane have been researching.

Young Samoan/European textile designer Sonya Withers relates her personal journey discovering the significance of Siapo (tapa cloth) in relation to her own practice while Priscilla Gear (Southland Museum) narrates the story of a striking 1858 blue and white striped silk wedding dress in the museum’s collection.

WHERE: Waikato Museum, Hamilton

WHEN: Friday 19th May – Saturday 20 May, 2017
(Official opening/exhibition opening 5pm, 18th May)

COST: For 2-day Symposium, lunch both days, morning & afternoon teas and an invitation to attend the official opening of the Symposium and the associated exhibition ‘Fibre: Connecting People‘ on Thursday 18th May, 5.30 at the Waikato Museum:

$ 120 (for CTANZ members and Friends of the Waikato Museum)
$ 180  (non members)
$ 140 (Students)
$ 60 (Optional) Symposium Dinner

Why not consider joining CTANZ too (or renew if you haven’t already) and receive your first major benefit – discounted registration!
To join, simply contact our Membership Secretary Kim: membership@costumeandtextile.co.nz

HOW TO REGISTER

Simply following this link (or cut and paste it into your browser)- REGISTRATION FORM SYMPOSIUM 2017

To keep up to date with Symposium News go to www.costumeandtextile.co.nz or email sharon@parnassus.co.nz

 

 

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Floor talk with Natalie Smith

WHEN DREAMS TURN TO GOLD: The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998

10.30am Wednesday 19 April, Dunedin Public Art Gallery FREE

Join the Friends of the Gallery for an informal talk and walk through the exhibition When Dreams Turn to Gold with scholar and independent curator Dr Natalie Smith.

Offering glamour, spectacle, opportunity and reward, the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards elevated the profile of New Zealand fashion from the 1960s to the 1990s.  The awards offered a platform for design excellence, high style, cultural change and political comment. Featuring garments, photography and film footage, When Dreams Turn to Gold explores the changing face of recent New Zealand fashion through the lens of this prominent award.

Co-curated by Lucy Hammonds and Dr Natalie Smith, with curatorial support from Andrea Bell.

 

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Lecture: Dreams and Responsibilities: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland

Te Papa, Friday 28 April 2017, 4:30pm – 6pm

Friends of Te Papa $15, non-members $25 (includes a glass of wine and free parking)

Dr Joseph McBrinn, Reader in design history at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, is coming to New Zealand to present a paper at the Myriad Faces of War symposium on a work-box embroidered by a disabled soldier that was presented to the Dominion Museum, now Te Papa, by Queen Mary in 1946.

Black work embroidered workbox by the Soldiers Embroidery Industry, 1920-30, England. Gift of Her Majesty Queen Mary, 1946. Te Papa

Following the symposium, he will present an illustrated lecture on Dreams and Responsibilities: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland at Te Papa.

Many traditional crafts flourished throughout Ireland well into the nineteenth century. However, the national calamity of the mid-century Famine and the mass emigration it stimulated, as well as uneven industrial development and increasing religious and political sectarianism created a profound instability and long-lasting poverty that shocked even William Morris when he came to Ireland in 1877 and again in 1886. The Irish Arts and Crafts movement initially emerged under Morris’s influence but like other small nations on Europe’s peripheries (such as Poland, Hungary or Finland) Ireland’s struggle for self-determination, and ultimately modernization, was accompanied by a unique reinvestment in its folk and vernacular heritage.

S. Rosamond Praeger working on the decoration of the façade of the Thomas Andrews/Titanic Memorial Hall.

S. Rosamond Praeger working on the decoration of the façade of the Thomas Andrews/Titanic Memorial Hall.

This illustrated lecture will look at some of the key centres of Arts and Crafts activity in Ireland, such as the cities of Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Women who played a crucially important role in this movement includes Mabel Annesley, who left Ireland for New Zealand at the outbreak of the second World War.

Dr. Joseph McBrinn is Reader in design history at Belfast School of Art of Ulster University. He previously taught at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Previous to this he studied and worked in Scotland and France.

He has written and lectured widely on Irish art, craft and design. He has written biographical studies of the Northern Irish artists Sophia Rosamond Praeger (1867-1954) and John Luke (1906-1975), and curated retrospective exhibitions of their work: in 2007 (for The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University Belfast); and in 2012 (for the Ulster Museum/National Museums Northern Ireland) respectively.

He serves on the editorial board and editorial advisory boards of The Journal of Modern Craft, Textile: Cloth and Culture and The Irish Arts Review. His current research focuses on the intersection of masculinity and design with a particular interest in the First World War and interwar Britain.

Seaghan Mac Cathmhaoil, Illustration of Thinkin’ Long folksong, from Songs from “The Four Winds of Eirinn (1906), Private Collection.

Seaghan Mac Cathmhaoil, Illustration of Thinkin’ Long folksong, from Songs from “The Four Winds of Eirinn (1906), Private Collection.

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Symposium 2017 update

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The 2017 Symposium countdown continues with registrations bubbling along and some of the programme highlights  available. This year’s symposium begins with an exhibition opening on Thursday 18 May; the programme for the next two days includes three keynote speakers, Doris de Pont, Sarah Lancaster, and Pamela Elliott.

Doris de Pont needs no introduction to CTANZ members: the founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum will talk about how her ongoing exploration of the ways clothing can signify or express identity and belonging connects both her fashion careers.

Sarah Lancaster is another fashion entrepreneur: her Sew Love workshops tour the country to share her beliefs that sewing isn’t just about bringing two pieces of fabric together – it’s also about bringing people together to show how life can be more satisfying when you consume less.

The third keynote speaker, Auckland consultant, artist and former gallerist Pamela Elliott will offer a perspective on the relationships formed by her multi-stranded career in textiles.

Outside the keynotes, a range of CTANZ stalwarts and newcomers will present on topics including Tudor fragments, wool marketing, weaving, Samoan textiles, possum pelts…as usual, subjects and styles will be distinctive and diverse, academic and personal.

The symposium will begin with Thursday night’s opening of the Fibre Connecting People: a multicultural fibre art exhibition  at the Waikato Museum, featuring textile items holding special significance to migrants, either linking them to their past or connecting them to their new experience. Each article will be accompanied by narrative on textile and experience, using these to explore  common threads of the migrant life and highlight connections and cohesion.

And while the exhibition and the programme will keep you busy, for those who take the opportunity to explore Hamilton, the organisers have put together a CTANZ Waikato Shopping Guide 2017 to set you in the right direction.

All details are on the registration form – register now!

 

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