When dreams turn to gold

graphicThe 2017 iD Dunedin Fashion Week programme is out, and it’s going to be a busy one, as usual supported by several exhibitions around Dunedin’s many cultural institutions. A major highlight will be When Dreams turn to Gold at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Curated by Lucy Hammonds and Dr Natalie Smith, with curatorial support from Andrea Bell, this covers the 35 years of the Benson and Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Awards, once the highlight of the New Zealand fashion calendar. (This space is now contested by iD and some Auckland events.)

Deborah Crowe and Kim Fraser Dual Outlook, 1997 Photographer: Max Bellamy Collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Deborah Crowe and Kim Fraser
Dual Outlook, 1997
Photographer: Max Bellamy
Collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Opening in time for iD week, the exhibition (perhaps fittingly, given how important sponsorship was to the event, supported  by Quartz Reef wines) includes garments, photography and footage celebrating the era of an annual showcase of New Zealand design excellence that launched careers and gave fashion a real sense of occasion.

There will of course be floortalks: on Wednesday 22 March, Lucy and Natalie will present with Cecilie Geary, who wrote commentary for the shows, and on 25 March, Lucy and Natalie, with special guests Linda Lepou, Margo Barton and Lisa McEwan, all of whom have works in the exhibition.

Margo Barton (New Zealand) Black swimsuit and hat (from a collection of three), 1992 Photographer: Max Bellamy Courtesy of Margo Barton

Margo Barton (New Zealand)
Black swimsuit and hat (from a collection of three), 1992
Photographer: Max Bellamy
Courtesy of Margo Barton

This is by no means the only reason the fashion crowd will be spending a lot of time at the gallery during the week. Other events at Dunedin Public Art Gallery include

  • A selection of Emerging Designers garments on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March; 3-4pm on Saturday, some of the designers will be present for informal discussions about their work.
  • Sunday movies: 19 March, Dior and I; 25 March, First Monday in May.
  • iD guest talk by Marc Moore of Stolen Girlfriends Club, Thursday 23 March, 12 noon (gold coin entry).
  • Playspace activity focus on fabric design throughout the week.
  • For updates on other speakers, keep an eye on the gallery’s Event Listing and the iD calendar.

Note that the exhibition runs until 15 June, so out-of-towners have a few months to organise their Dunedin visit. (Don’t forget to check out Current at the same time.)

Meanwhile, here’s some more on the exhibition in the Otago Daily Times and RNZ’s interview with Lucy from 12 March.

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2017 symposium registrations now open

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Registrations are now open for CTANZ’s 2017 symposium, Fibre: Connecting People, taking place 18-20 May in Hamilton.

Please download, complete and return the registration form linked below.  It includes full details about the exhibition opening on Thursday 18 May, and the symposium dinner on Friday night, as well as information on accommodation and parking.

If you have difficulties with the form (there are two formats available to download now) or any other questions, please contact Sharon: sharon@parnassus.co.nz

REGISTRATION FORM SYMPOSIUM 2017

REGISTRATION FORM SYMPOSIUM 2017 (pdf)

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New Magazine for Textile Lovers

“Connecting makers, collectors & lovers of textile craft arts”

For those of you who missed it, in September last year, a brand spanking new textile magazine – Fabricate – was launched.  And the 2nd issue (Summer 2016) isn’t long published.

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A celebration of all things textile in New Zealand,  Fabricate aims to profile artists, craft practitioners, techniques, products and resources, education, textile tours and travel, exhibitions and events, ethnic and traditional textiles, conservation and preservation, technological developments, sustainability projects and contemporary issues.

Felting, weaving, spinning, knitting, knotting, stitching, crocheting, piecing, sewing, quilting and embroidering – whatever your textile tipple this quarterly promises something for you.

The Essentials: Fabricate is published quarterly and is distributed nationwide through related retail businesses and exhibition venues, textile trade fairs and by subscription; Find more information on Facebook/fabricatemag; Contact: fabricate@ihug.co.nz for subscription details and for details of a stockist near you

 

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Exhibition: Once at the Dowse starring ‘Huttette’

Vita Cochran, Huttette at 21, 2008. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum

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 work comprises 35 hand-made dolls, all of whom have big personalities and are imaginatively and lavishly dressed in a wide array of ‘upcycled’ fabrics and accessories.

Malcolm Harrison, The Family (Emerston (Ritz) and Cassandra Edith), 1983–87. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum

Malcolm christened the youngest member of the family, a baby, Huttette after Lower Hutt.  When The Family turned 21, we asked Vita to imagine Huttette at the age of 21, and she did so beautifully. The grown up Huttette arrived wearing garments inspired by over two decades of living in the Dowse’s collection.

In the exhibition Once, Huttette will be exhibited alongside the works that influenced the creation of her wardrobe, including Colin McCahon’s Caterpillar Landscape (see the t-shirt), Warwick Freemans Circle Necklace and Brain Brooch (the skirt) and Vita Cochran’s own work, Bloom.  She will be accompanied by her brother Mungo and their parents, Jerry and Chloe from Malcolm Harrison’s original work.

The exhibition has been curated by Jen Boland, the Dowse’s community curator and members of the Naenae clubhouse.

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Movie season

Julie and the Shoe Factory

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It’s time for the annual film preview postings. This year, the frock movies start with the Alliance Francaise Film Festival, which is offering us accessories. Shoes and umbrellas, to be precise, starting with Julie and the Shoe Factory, a ‘musical and social comedy, a recent film with echoes of the festival’s closing film, the much celebrated The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Which is also a musical, only tangentially a style film but oh, what style it has.

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For trailers and screening details in 10 locations around the country in March-April:

Julie and the Shoe Factory (2016)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

 

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Context: new editors, a call for contributions, deadlines

This year we have made a few changes to Context. Rather than one editor, we have a group of editors responsible for different aspects of the journal. This year I will be looking after general articles, Angela Lassig will edit a section focusing on Collections (private and public), and Karin Warnaar will edit Context’s review section which covers exhibitions and books, and perhaps anything else that members might like to review. We also thought we could include a regular Interview, if we have some volunteers! Jennifer Matheson will continue with her great work in pulling all the content together in a lovely volume.

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Writers wanted

Now that we have our editors in place, all we need is YOU, our members, to supply great content! Without your contributions, we can not produce Context. Remember, we are a friendly organisation aimed at fostering research, and as such we welcome contributions from experienced writers and newbies.

Call for contributions for 2017

We are calling for content for this year’s two issues. The deadlines are below. Issue 34 is underway, but we would certainly welcome more expressions of interest from writers.

Deadlines for 2017

Issue 34 Text and images submitted by 30 March (publication date June 2017)

Issue 5 Text and images submitted 30 August (publication date November 2017)

If you are interested in contributing to either issue, please email the relevant editor to discuss your proposed topic, preferred issue etc

Editor contact details

Claire Regnault (General articles)  Email: claire.regnault@tepapa.govt.nz

Angela Lassig (Collections) Email: angelalassig@gmail.com

Karin Warnaar (Reviews ) Email: warnaar@xtra.co.nz

Please put CTANZ: Context in the subject line of your emails. We all look forward to hearing from some of you!

You can find our guidelines for writers here.

Angela, Karin and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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Auckland lecture: Alison Larkin on Capt Cook’s waistcoats

The Auckland Embroiders Guild has arrange for Alison Larkin, and award winning embroiderer and teacher from Hull, England, to speak at their February meeting. The Guild have kindly extended an invitation to members of CTANZ to attend.

Time: Saturday 18 February at 1pm (Alison’s presentation will be followed by the Guild meeting and afternoon tea.)

Venue: Textile Arts Centre, 5 Poronui St, Mt Eden, Auckland

Embroidery by Elizabeth Larkin.

Embroidery by Elizabeth Larkin.

Alison Larkin explores history through her needle and thread. In 2015 Alison received the Janet Arnold award for costume research from the Society of Antiquaries of London to visit Australia and New Zealand to study three waistcoats associated with Captain James Cook, including one in Te Papa’s collection and one embroidered by Cook’s wife, Elizabeth. She is currently in New Zealand again to carry out further research on Te Papa’s waistcoat.

Alison Larkin stitching as Elizabeth Cook in 18th century costume.

Alison Larkin stitching as Elizabeth Cook in 18th century costume. Photo courtesy of Alison Larkin.

In her lively presentation, Alison will focus in particular on Elizabeth Cook whose embroidery reflected the travels of her adventurous husband. Elizabeth traced her husband’s voyages in stitch on a map sampler, and was embroidering a waistcoat made from tapa cloth that Cook had bought back from his voyage to Tahiti, when she heard the news of his shocking death.

Alison Larkin’s recreation of Elizabeth Cook’s tapa cloth waistcoat on display at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, England.

Alison has patiently re-created these two pieces, both of which have been exhibited at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, England. Through the process of recreation she has discovered much about these two inspiring historical figures, Georgian dress, embroidery and fabrics.  

Please contact Auckland Embroiderers Guild President, Elizabeth Adams, 9628362, or email eliz1@ihug.co.nz for further information.

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Lecture: Stitches in Time – the embroidery of Captain Cook’s wife

Thursday 9 February 2017, 5:30pm – 7pm, Te Papa, Wellington

Alison Larkin is an award winning embroiderer from Hull, England, who explores history through her needle and thread. In 2015 Alison received the Janet Arnold award for costume research from the Society of Antiquaries of London to visit Australia and New Zealand to study three waistcoats associated with Captain James Cook, including one in Te Papa’s collection and one embroidered by Cook’s wife, Elizabeth.

Alison Larkin stitching as Elizabeth Cook in 18th century costume.

Alison Larkin stitching as Elizabeth Cook in 18th century costume. Photo courtesy of Alison Larkin.

Alison is visiting New Zealand again this February, and will present an illustrated talk on her findings at Te Papa. In her lecture she will focus in particular on Elizabeth Cook whose embroidery reflected the travels of her adventurous husband. Elizabeth traced her husband’s voyages in stitch on a map sampler, and was embroidering a waistcoat made from tapa cloth that Cook had bought back from his voyage to Tahiti, when she heard the news of his shocking death.

Alison has patiently re-created these two pieces, both of which have been exhibited at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, England. Through the process of recreation she has discovered much about these two inspiring historical figures, Georgian dress, embroidery and fabrics.  

Alison Larkin’s replica of Captain Cook’s waistcoat on display at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alison Larkin.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view items from Te Papa’s collection.

Book your place through the Friends of Te Papa.

For more information on Alison Larkin’s Cook project visit Te Papa’s blog.

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A stylish December

Wellington is going to be the most stylish place in the country this December, what with the End of Fashion conference at Massey, and the tranche of associated events and wonderfully complementary exhibitions. At City Gallery, Cindy Sherman; at Upper Hutt’s Expressions Whirinaki, Catwalk to Cover; at the Dowse, the Fashion Museum’s On the Beach, and Te Papa’s European Splendour includes some sumptuous garments. So if you’re off to Wellington for the conference, there’s quite a lot of tripping round to do, and extra events including a public lecture on fashion exhibitions by keynote speaker by keynote speakers, Valerie Steele.

Steele and fellow keynote speaker Pamela Church Gibson have been busy with media ahead of the event, with Valerie Steele talking to Kim Hill, and Pamela Church Gibson featuring in the Sunday Star-Times.

Church Gibson is also making the trip south to Dunedin for a double header of fashion events at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Her public talk, Image, Fashion and Celebrity in the 21st Century, will be followed by a Couture Christmas drinks and 2017 preview designer event ($10 or free for DPAG Society members).

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For more information on the various exhibitions

Catwalk to Cover, Expressions Whirinaki

At the Beach at the Dowse

Cindy Sherman at the City Gallery, Wellington

European Splendour at Te Papa

https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/visit/whats-on/events/talk-fashion-museum

 

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Exhibition: Catwalk to Cover

Freja Beha Erichsen modelling for Chanel, A/W 2010, by Kirstin Sinclair. Photo courtesy of Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre

26 November 2016 – 12 February 2017

This summer  Expressions Whirinaki in Upper Hutt hosts Catwalk to Cover, an exhibition developed and toured by the Fashion & Textile Museum in London.

Through a series of candid photographs from top catwalk photographers – Kirstin Sinclair, Chris Moore, Matt Lever and Philp Meech – and clothes by leading national and international designers, Catwalk to Cover provides a behind the scenes insight into the creative world of the fashion show. Covering the backstage to front row, catwalk and street style, and including designers such as Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, and Alexander McQueen this exhibition puts the spotlight on the catwalk.

    Karen Walker’s iconic 2000 Pearl dress will be on display at Expressions in From Catwalk to Cover. Purchased 2001. Te Papa (GH009488)

The exhibition has been augmented with garments from Te Papa’s fashion collection, including designs shown on the catwalk at London, Australian and New Zealand fashion weeks, plus gowns by Gianni Versace, a designer renowned for his high energy runway shows and credited with creating the supermodel phenomenon of the 1980s and ’90s.

Claire Regnault, Senior Curator of History at Te Papa, and a CTANZ member, will  present a floor talk on Sunday 27 November at 1pm. Focusing on the garments from Te Papa’s collections,  she will discuss New Zealand’s ‘fashion moment’ at the turn of the century, including the rise of Fashion Week and the fashion exhibition.

Silk evening dress by Gianni Versace, 1994. Gift of Gianni Versace S.p.A., Italy, 2001. Te Papa (GH013643)

This exhibition is coming to New Zealand from The Fashion and Textile Museum, London: a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion.

This exhibition is proudly supported by Forsyth Barr and with funding from the Wellington Regional Amenities Fund.

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