Monthly Archives: April 2011

A blog you might enjoy – The Gentle Author

Queen Victoria in her Wedding Dress by Franz Winterhalter, 1840

Queen Victoria in her Wedding Dress by Franz Winterhalter, 1840

As the world succombs to Royal Wedding fever, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce members to The Gentle Author, who writes daily about life ‘in Spitalfields at the heart of London’ – the home of Spitalfields silk.  An avid walker, as well as writer, she writes about the goings on in her local environment and and ‘within walking distance of Spitalfields’. She covers everything from from animal and criminal life to the literary and culinary. Every now and again a  textile story emerges.

On the eve of Catherine Middelton’s wedding to Prince William, a walk led the Gentle Author to Kensington Palace where she came across Queen Victoria’s wedding gown, made of Spitalfield’s silk and Honiton lace. I will leave her to tell the story.

An invitation to celebrate New Zealand Weddings

Embroidered silk satin wedding dress by Norman Hartnell, London, 1933. Commissioned by Margaret Whigham for her marriage to Charles Sweeny on 21 February 1933. Given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. ©Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images

Embroidered silk satin wedding dress by Norman Hartnell, London, 1933. Commissioned by Margaret Whigham for her marriage to Charles Sweeny on 21 February 1933. Given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. ©Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images

An extraordinary exhibition of wedding dress from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, will open at Te Papa on Saturday 17 December 2011. In advance of the opening, Te Papa is creating a database of photographs of New Zealand wedding and civil union fashion over the decades.

This database will provide a rich record of how our society has changed, revealing patterns of migration, and what is unique to New Zealand. Te Papa invites you to upload images of your wedding, or a family wedding  and to share your stories with their online community.

While the database was only launched on Wednesday, it is already rich with imagery and stories. Te Papa would love you to add those from your families.

Call for art/fashion proposals for iD Fashion Week

The Blue Oyster Project Art Space in Dunedin is currently seeking expressions of interest for their 2012 programme and are keen to hear from individuals or groups working in contemporary textile arts, fibre arts who might be interested in submitting proposals for next years programme. 
 
They are also keen to hear from individuals and groups who work at the intersection between art/fashion and who might be interested in submitting proposals for activities or installations which would coincide with iD fashion week (2012). 
 
The contact person at the Blue Oyster is the director Jamie Hanton
 

New Exhibition – Mr. Jones’ Wives

Georgina White, one of our keynote speakers for this year’s symposium, has just opened a new exhibition in the Pictorial Gallery at the Auckland War Memorial Museum entitled Mr. Jones’s Wives. The exhibition takes its title from a nickname coined by the news men of the day for the ‘war brides’ who settled in New Zealand following World War II.

Between 1942 and 1948, about 3700 women (and 1000 children) from 37 different countries came to New Zealand to start married life. These were women who had fallen in love with New Zealand servicemen during World War II. As the Minister of Defence it was Frederick Jones’ job to oversee their move to New Zealand.

Mr. Jones’ Wives tells war brides’ stories, from the love letters that kept romance alive during the uncertain days of war, to the voyage out onboard ‘bride ships’ and the experience of settling in a new land far from home.

CTANZ symposium registrations are open!

Hi Everyone

If you haven’t already heard, registrations are open for the 2011 Costume & Textile Association symposium, Celebration! We look forward to your registrations and to seeing you in Tauranga this June.

Registrations forms and an outline of the programme can be found on our website. We’ll soon also  be posting adding a full list of speakers and papers.

All the best, the 2011 Committee

Melbourne – traditional Japanese tsutsugaki workshop

The Australian Academy of Design, and the Japan Foundation, who have just staged the successful JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters exhibition at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne have invited enrolments for a professional development course on tsutsugaki yuzen.

RMIT Gallery is pleased to provide you with details of this workshop, to be given by Shumei Kobayashi, one of the few remaining practising masters to date of this traditional craft. He will teach one of Japan’s age-old techniques.

At the workshop, you will be able to learn about the 400 year old textile dyeing practice and the traditional methods of dyeing using natural elements.

Yuzen artists sketch various designs onto fabric using resist paste made of glutinous rice. The dyeing method is called Tsutsugaki Yuzen when the paste is applied to cotton or linen, or simply Yuzen when it is applied to silk. Tsutsugaki is the method used for items such as wrapping cloths

Shumei Kobayashi, who studied in Kanazawa, has given new life to Yuzen. He applies the boldness of Tsutsugaki on silk.

Invitations for enrolments are invited now.

Professional development course: 5 days, Saturday 16 April and Monday 18 April through to Thursday 21 April 2011. Tickets $400 per person. Places are strictly limited.

For details, visit www.designacademy.edu.au

Enquiries, please call 61 3 9676 9000

 

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