Well here’s a surprise to the costume-fanciers who are watching the Phryne Fisher mysteries currently on tv in NZ. Due to popular demand, the exhibition at Ripponlea in Melbourne (which features in the series as Phryne’s aunt’s stately home) of costumes from the series based on the books by Kerry Greenwood has been extended until 1 December, so if you’re in Melbourne, there’s still a couple of weeks to get up close to those fabulous, fabulous frocks.
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Art Nelson is calling for entries from NZ resident artists for National Contemporary Fibre Art Awards 2014 (closing 18 February).
Full details of conditions and prizes at the link above for the call for artworks featuring predominantly any kind of fibres or textiles, in any technique or mix of techniques, any size or shape. Think large, small, flat, three-dimensional, natural, synthetic but above all think “ORIGINALITY; the emphasis being on work which stretches the boundaries of fibre art to give a contemporary twist to the more traditional view of this medium”. New work will have priority.
Christchurch readers and stitchers get the chance to hear Rosemary McLeod talk with Vita Cochran about her passion for New Zealand’s textile past and the joys of creating and collecting during the Christchurch Arts Festival.
The one-hour session will be on Sunday 8 September, 3pm at the Fletcher Building Festival Club.
In case you missed it, the NZ Fashion Museum launched the new-look website at the end of July 2013. It includes more information on past, present and future exhibitions, and an interactive collection to which we can all contribute. Great fun to explore and much to look forward to. Nice work, Doris and team.
And a reminder that the Wellington leg of Home Sewn will be on at the Dowse Art Museum 10 August – 24 November, and the new exhibition, The Age of Aquarius: A 70s retrospective starts from 14 September – 13 October 2013 Ground Floor, Geyser Building, 100 Parnell Road, Auckland, with announcements of other venues to follow. Displayed alongside 1970s era furniture, the exhibition will feature over 60 pieces from a range of New Zealand labels, including menswear.
The Costume Society of America’s 40th Annual Symposium
May 28- 31, 2014 -Baltimore, Maryland
“Reflecting Forward: 40 Years of CSA”
Celebrate CSA’s anniversary and our enduring influence
Call for Papers
DEADLINE: October 1, 2013
CSA invites submissions of original research which may include:
• Influential figures in the study of fashion and textiles—including those from other disciplines
• Milestone moments in the fields of costume, fashion, and textile histories—how they made an
impact then, and how they affect the present and future
• The enduring influence of our field onto other fields or disciplines of study (or vice versa)—past,
present, and future
Other aspects of dress and related disciplines are also welcome, including but not limited to: art,
design, fashion, history, conservation, ethnography, archeology, social sciences, and marketing.
Scholars, educators, museum specialists, students, makers and marketers of wearable art, re-enactors
and other clothing enthusiasts are encouraged to submit proposals.
Submitters must be members of the Costume Society of America. Submit abstracts of 500 words or
less, including endnotes and/or selective bibliography (for panels, each panelist’s abstract must be 500
words or less).
Dress and furnishing fabric from just $1 m, patchwork fabric, wool, patterns of every type, buttons, zips etc etc, in our annual Fabric Sale to raise funds for Presbyterian Support’s services for chikdren and families Bring your own bag!
When 15th Jun 2013 11:00am-2:00pm
Where Burns Hall, First Church, Moray Place, Dunedin
Doris de Pont, designer and founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum (and CTANZ member), became a member of the ONZM on Wednesday 8 May at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Auckland. Doris was recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for her work for fashion and the museum.
Doris describes the investiture as “a really lovely event with suitable gravitas but still very relaxed and personal with time and attention for all recipients and their families”. After the Governor-General’s welcome, a gentleman with “beautiful and impeccably modulated voice” (Radio NZ’s Hewitt Humphrey) reads out the citations, with the recipient stepping forward at the last sentence for a personal word while the medal is pinned. Followed by tea and champagne, elegant sandwiches and petits fours and photos for everyone with Sir Jerry and Lady Janine Mataparae. Doris was also among a small group of recipients from these ceremonies to be invited to the investiture dinner at Government House.
The award recognises Doris’s contribution to New Zealand; it also recognises that fashion is itself an area in which people can make a contribution to the country. A shame that the NZ Herald and both TV channels decided that their readers would only be interested in the sporting recipients of awards that day.
But from us, warm congratulations, Doris, on a well-earned and fabulous bit of bling.
Handmade 2013, on in Wellington 1-2 June, includes a wide range of workshops and talks on textile craft and skills among the overall programme. Themes include yarn, stitch, remade, heirloom, world, and offer workshops, masterclasses and lectures. Some are technique based (drop spindling, wet felting), some have an object focus (baby pants, crochet necklaces). Presenters include Tamsin Cooper and Rosemary McLeod and there are beginners sessions as well.
Check out the programme if you haven’t already done and Wellington’s an option on those dates.
Either on now or coming soon to Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin, the Resene Architecture and Design Architecture film festival includes one textile highlight in the form of the NZ premiere of Fortuny and the Magic Lantern (2010, Director Claudio Zulian, 58 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles).
The creations of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1947) are rooted in the rich Orientalist tradition of the nineteenth century. Born in Granada, but a citizen of Venice, he created fashions and textiles, as wellas photographs, prints, lamps and sculptures. Fluidity, the art of pleating, the refinement of chromaticism, luxury silks and metallic velvets characterize his creations—beautiful scarves in silk and velvet, timelessly elegant pleated dresses —inspired by the Orient and the Renaissance. He also developed processes for dyeing textiles and fabric printing. His lamps and dresses recall the fabulous, exotic world of bazaars, harems and caravans that form an important part of the collective imagery of the time, a world his father, the Spanish painter Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, had contributed to creating.
Auckland…16/5 @ 19:00pm, 18/5 @ 10:15am
Wellington… 26/5 @ 18:00pm, 02/6 @ 16:15pm
Dunedin…08/6 @ 17:45pm
From the University of Otago Centre for the Book:
Dr. Fenella France, Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress, will offer a public lecture on “What Covers (and Protects) our Past.” Dr. France was formerly Lead Scientist in Preservation Research and is an expert on textiles. In 2010 France made a major discovery concerning the Library’s draft copy of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s handwriting with edits by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Using hyperspectral imaging equipment to distinguish discrete layers of ink using various spectra of light France revealed that Jefferson in the draft declaration initially wrote the word “subjects,” then carefully rewrote over it to make that word “citizens.” She is an alumna of the University of Otago.
Her talk will take place in Commerce 2.03 at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, 8 May 2013. All most welcome.
If you’re interested in how an Otago textile researcher got to the Library of Congress via the star-spangled banner, there’s a profile in a recent University of Otago Magazine.