This is getting ridiculous. Over the past two months, this blog has highlighted almost a dozen exhibitions around the country featuring some dress or textile interest, and there’s almost as many on the list to note between now and the end of October. Here’s the first few, either closing or opening this week.
One that almost got away is Labour of Body at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson, which finishes on 15 September. More images at the Arts Diary link below include Arielle Walker’s foraged natural dyes on vintage wool blanket, and Kathryn Tsui and Doris Tsui’s cross stitch work, as well as Georgina May Young’s embroidery above. The arc of the exhibition is the different narratives of these artists who work in textiles, from the traditions of embroidery and weaving to fibre installations and masks.
Meanwhile, just opening (at last) is the new New Zealand Fashion Museum exhibition, Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now, at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland. The museum’s call for funding for its new blue mannequins took only a few days to reach its target, and they’re ready for their debut. It will be fabulous, as always. Congratulations, Doris and team, we look forward to the publication, and to next year, when NZFM celebrates its 10th anniversary.
And in Dunedin, opening on 9 September is the latest in a series of annual collaborations between University of Otago scientists and Otago Polytechnic and local artists. Art and Water: Mountains to the Sea presents artworks inspired by the scientific research, and this year includes several textile works: weaving by Christine Keller and Pam McKinlay, Vivien Dwyer’s tapestry, Stella Lange’s knitting, Georgina Young’s embroidery, and Heramahina Eketone’s raranga. The exhibition runs from 9-21 September at the Otago Museum HD Skinner Annex If you aren’t going to be in Dunedin, but think it sounds interesting, the polytech information page also includes a link to an online catalogue.
Coming soon – more in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. If you know of others, Contact us. If you’d like to review something you’ve seen for Context, likewise.