Exhibition: Máximo Laura at Pataka

Máximo Laura – Eternal Vision

Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua Friday 21 July to Sunday 27 August 2017

On Saturday 22 July, Pataka will open an exhibition by Máximo Laura, an award winning and internationally recognised tapestry weaver from Peru.


Regarded as a Living Treasure in Peru, Máximo finds the ancestral textiles of his home country provide ‘an infinite source of inspiration’ for his work, of which he says:

‘This history merged with the innovations, experiments and ideas of international contemporary textile art, allows for continuation and originality while always maintaining a very personal and Peruvian worldview, a unique spiritual language.’

Eternal Vision features 16 tapestries, including an eight-metre long, marine themed tapestry made especially for the exhibition. Of his work, Trish Armour of Creative Fibre, who recently travelled to Peru for a workshop with Maximo, observes:

‘The colours and textures he uses are like something we haven’t seen here before. He has broken the boundaries of tapestry.’

Floor talk Saturday 22 July 1pm

Máximo will present an artist’s talk at 1pm at Pataka, after which and official  exhibition opening will take place at 2pm.

To read a range of articles on Máximo’s practice and studio visit his website.

And RNZ’s Standing Room Only interview from 23 July is here.



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Star weave jam with Maureen Lander

This coming Saturday, CTANZ member Maureen Lander has a new show opening at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. Entitled Flat-Pack Whakapapa, Maureen’s exhibition comprises three installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Māori weaving).

Between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 15 July members of the public can join Maureen  and Whare Rokiroki, Māori Women’s Refuge/Wellington Women’s Refuge in a weave jam. In doing so you will be contributing to One Million Stars to End Violence,  ‘a peaceful global weaving project that that encourages people to be the light and kindness they want to see in the world’.

One Million Stars

Project creator and Queensland-based artist Maryann Talia Pau collaborated with the Queensland Government last year in an effort to engage communities across the world to help weave one million stars for an installation during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as part of the arts and cultural program.

Ms Talia Pau said it was great to see so many weaving communities getting together to weave a little extra light and hope in the world.

‘‘Each woven star represents light, hope, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence in our world,’’ Ms Talia Pau.

‘‘The installation will be a collective statement against ending all forms of violence and also support the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vision of a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous global community.

Maureen Lander, Flatpack Whakapapa runs at the Dowse from 15 July to 5 November.

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International publication call for contributions

Interested in new opportunities for publishing your research? Costume UK (journal of the UK Costume Society) has expressed an interest in establishing a network of fashion/dress/textile people in our part of the world. This approach is part of creating a new look and wider interests this year and is supported by editorial panel membership from Australia.

Costume UK is peer reviewed and included in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information. It is now being published by Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the Costume Society.

For more information on what they’re looking for, check out the pages on the Costume Society and EUP websites:

Costume (Costume Society of UK site)

Costume (EUP site)



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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:




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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.


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


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!





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


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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