Unbound: Liberating women

We are delighted to announce the 2018 CTANZ symposium!

Unbound: Liberating women

21-23 September 2018, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin

Recognising 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the 2018 CTANZ symposium offers an opportunity to explore the past, present or future roles of dress and textiles in women’s suffrage and other liberating moments. How do cloth, clothes, fashion and art reveal, reflect or challenge social limits for women?

In the spirit of the early suffragists, how might they empower futures and/or relate to feminist projects? How are they used to give or constrain political voice? When is cloth revolutionary?

By focusing on liberating women, Unbound celebrates the power of cloth and clothes in the visual, material world and explores how women make, use, transform and transcend boundaries.

Themes include

  • Liberating women
  • Diversity, equity, participation
  • Women’s work
  • Dressing for revolution
  • Political cloth
  • Gender and diversity
  • Cloth and agency, bound and unbound

Save the date for Dunedin, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018

With an exhibition opening on 21 September 2018

Closing date for abstracts will be 1 June 2018

Watch this space for information on submissions for the symposium and for the juried textile exhibition that will run alongside the symposium.

Unbound: Liberating women

Dunedin, September 2018

Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand

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Auckland’s famous Vintage Textile Fair is THIS SUNDAY!

It’s that time of the year! The Auckland Vintage Textile Fair time!
And CTANZ will be there with our own table – do come & say hello!

When: THIS SUNDAY! 27th August 2017
From: 10AM to 4PM
Where: Tasman Room, Alexander Park Raceway, cnr Greenland & Manukau Roads, Auckland
Entrance fee: $10.00 (Door Sales Only)
Parking: Plenty of it and it’s FREE!

This is the once a year, one day only place to purchase original items for that special occasion, project, interior, or something to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

For sale will be a marvellous array of genuine vintage and retro dresses and gowns, hats and handbags, linen, lace, quilts, embroidery, passmenterie, fabrics, buttons, gloves, magazines, trimmings, compacts, bridal accoutrements, jewellery, patterns, and so much more.

This special Spring event will be of interest to fashion students and designers, collectors, museums, quilters, creatives, historians, jewellers, film stylists, textile designers, theatre companies, or anyone with an interest in antique and vintage textiles and clothing.

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Masterworks Gallery, 30 July-19 August 2017

Craig McIntosh, Becky Bliss, Neke Moa, Stephen Bradbourne, Lisa West, Ross Malcolm.

Craig McIntosh, Becky Bliss, Neke Moa, Stephen Bradbourne, Lisa West, Ross Malcolm.

Two new exhibitions with costume and textile interest open at Masterworks Gallery in Auckland at the end of July. Weaver Christopher Duncan is part of  Room for Conversation, with ceramicist Aaron Scythe and glass artist Layla Walter. Duncan’s work is linen, cotton and silk; some silks are vintage, others dyed with Tasmanian Blackwood or walnut.

Christopher Duncan

Christopher Duncan

Scythe also features in the other exhibition opening at the same time, Pretty and Practical: The Button Show. The show’s title comes from a series of buttons of the same name made in the 80s by feted New Zealand jeweller Warwick Freeman, some of which are included in the exhibition.

Frances Stachl, Jane Dodd, Lisa Woods, Fran Allison, Mary Curtis.

Frances Stachl, Jane Dodd, Lisa Woods, Fran Allison, Mary Curtis.

Inspired by conversations with clients and artists about textile art and projects that noted the scarcity of the kinds of buttons that complement such projects, the gallery invited its artists  to design and make some buttons. The response was ‘overwhelming’, and unique, handcrafted buttons in glass, ceramic, pearl, bone or metal have been arriving for the opening on Sunday 30 July.

The buttons live up to the title and brief: works of art to delight the senses that are still functional. Pretty and Practical is a collector’s dream, the answer to the maker’s dilemma of embellishing that garment with a worthy button; a delicious detail for a special textile object.

Jane Dodd - Bone 'Ghost Brooches'

Jane Dodd – Bone ‘Ghost Brooches’

Ross Malcolm 'Akeake Button' mounted on foliage card

Ross Malcolm ‘Akeake Button’ mounted on foliage card

Warwick Freeman 'Weka' and 'Star' buttons

Warwick Freeman ‘Weka’ and ‘Star’ buttons

Lisa West 'Wolf Button'

Lisa West ‘Wolf Button’

Jane Dodd 'Pearl Ghost Buttons'

Jane Dodd ‘Pearl Ghost Buttons’

Aaron Scythe 'Ceramic Mountain Buttons'

Aaron Scythe ‘Ceramic Mountain Buttons’


Photographs supplied by Masterworks (weaving photo by Christopher Duncan).




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Call for papers for Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice

The Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice has just issued a Call for Papers with a deadline of 1 October 2017 (see http://tinyurl.com/y8f4w4ck).  Accepted papers will either be included in themed issues for 2018 or become part of a general issue.

The Call Themes are:

  • Utilising Archives and Collections for Textile Education, Industry and Practice
  • Textiles and Co-creation  ​
  • ‘Bio’ Textiles

Further information is available from the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice website  http://tinyurl.com/y8f4w4ck.

Submissions can take one of the following forms and the instructions for authors page contains advice for authors.

  • Academic research papers (approximately 5,000 – 8,000) words;
  • Practitioner interviews or studies (approximately 6,000) words;
  • Position papers and reports of research currently in progress (approximately 3,000 words);
  • Book and exhibition reviews (approximately 500 – 2,000 words)


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Land Girls and Lifesavers, painting by Sally Spicer

Navy officer flyer

In Land Girls and Lifesavers, Sally Spicer has created paintings and prints that observe the varied lives and contributions of New Zealand women during World War II. Sally, who specialises in portraiture, worked from black and white photos from the 1930s and 40s to explore her subject.

Three ladies

Three ladies, Sally Spicer.

Some of the works show women who went to war: as nurses, and as naval officers. However, the continuation of daily life has received the larger part of Sally’s attention, as she venerates the smaller moments in these women’s lives, as mothers, friends and wives. There are the women who fulfilled roles vacated by men; such as the so called “land girls” who worked on farms, and the volunteer surf lifesavers. The mundane, the challenging, and the joyful moments are treated with equal respect.


Waiata, Sally Spicer.

Sally’s works in oil paint re-imagine her subjects in full, rich colour. She pays special attention to fabric and pattern, hinting at her interest in the small details. The drypoint and linocut prints show a simplified, graphic technique, and Sally’s strong background in drawing. Sally enjoys vintage style, so the hair and clothing of this time were a big attraction for her. Her endless fascination with people, faces and expressions is explored also, and she enjoyed the opportunity to observe the way faces can differ from era to era.

Sally works from a studio at her home in Whangarei.

In Conversation

In Conversation, Sally Spicer.

Exhibition runs from August 10 – August 24, at Yvonne Rust Gallery, Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei. More details at on the Facebook event page.

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Mycelia:Mycelium, by Angela Carter at Window Space Gallery, Northtec


Mycelia:Myceliuim, 2017, Angela Carter, detail wide

Mycelia:Myceliuim, 2017, detail.

The hidden world of mycelia and mycelium – a large scale hand embroidery.

Full details and the press release are available on Angela’s blog.

On this work:

Mycelia:Mycelium is an examination of the relationship humans have with fungi, and with each other; a response to the scale of the current housing crisis, where people are forced to compete to rent damp, mouldy, unhealthy homes, and the most vulnerable people in our communities; children, elderly and those on lower incomes suffer the consequences.

This is the first time Mycelia:Mycelium has been shown publicly, and the first project that Angela has undertaken since moving to Whangarei in 2016.

With a diverse practice, connecting installation, theatre, performance and stitch, Angela graduated with a BFA from Whitecliffe College in 2005. She continues to expand her practice while studying biological organisms and social issues, she has a special interest in pursuing sustainable solutions for fashion design and working with young people.

Angela will be presenting an artist talk and facilitating a workshop for children at the gallery.

Mycelia:Myceliuim, 2017, Angela Carter, detail two

Mycelia:Myceliuim, 2017, detail.

Mycelia:Mycelium, opens Friday August 4 in the Window Space at the Geoff Wilson Gallery, Toi Te Pito Arts Precinct, Northtec, Gate 3, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangarei.

Opening, 5.30 – 7pm Friday 4 August. Exhibition on until Thursday 7 September 2017

Gallery Hours, Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday-Friday: 10am – 4pm


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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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