Objectspace is currently showing an exhibition of beautiful textiles from the collection of Iraqi-born collector Enaam Battani in the Vault. Muslin was named after the Iraqi city of Mosul, as it is understood, that this is the place where Europeans first encountered this prized cotton cloth from Asia. Enaam brought to New Zealand a collection of costumes and textiles some of which she had inherited and some of which she had acquired. Works on display comprise mainly gold and silver embroidered works in muslin and silk which were worn for weddings, baptisms and other special occasions, the earliest garment being a child’s gold-embroidered silk Christening gown from the 1850s. The selection includes garments for men and women for wearing in the home, outside the home and at the bath house. This is a rare opportunity to see such garments, especially as from the 1940s many Iraqi women, particularly Christians and Jews, adopted the modes of European fashion and the wearing of traditional garments often fell from favour.
Enaam will be at Objectspace to discuss more about the history of the textiles and jewellery on display on the following dates: Saturday 22 February 11am, Thursday 27 February, 11am
If you would like to attend one of these free talks please phone the gallery on 376 6216 to register your interest.
Category Archives: Exhibitions
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.
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.
Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is Te Papa’s new, changing programme of art from the national collection and beyond – both on the floor and online.
The spring season features five completely new shows: Michael Stevenson’s This is the Trekka, Colin McCahon’s sweeping Walk (Series C), works by Petrus Van der Velden, landmark contemporary New Zealand jewellery, and textile designs by Frances Hodgkins. The latter are on display for the next three months, and are also the subject of an essay, Cubist Dreams and Wings like fire flies, by CTANZ member Claire Regnault for Te Papa’s online magazine Off the Wall.
Hurry – Closes 13th October!!
Well worth the trip to LynnMall in Auckland’s New Lynn, is 50 Years of Fashion - a beautifully conceived ’pop-up’ exhibition of fashionable garments from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Curated by Lopdell House Gallery, the exhibition celebrates LynnMall’s 50 years of trading (f. 1963).
For more information, including a link to a downloadable .pdf of the catalogue (with essay by Doris de Pont), follow this link: http://www.lopdell.org.nz/index.cfm/whats-on/calendar/50-years-of-fashion-lynnmalls-golden-jubilee/
In September, Highwic joins with The Point Chevalier Monday Modern Quilt Group to show their quilts throughout the house.
This Pt Chevalier group is one of the more than 150 international guilds linked to the Los Angeles based ‘Modern Quilt Group’ founded in October in 2009.
According to the MQG website (http://www.themodernquiltguild.com): ‘Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”
During World War II, New Zealand designer and journalist Mollie Rodie found a new use for her fashion credentials. Her Carnival Queen costume designs brought a touch of Hollywood-style glamour to fundraising pageants and helped rally spirits on the home front.
This exhibition at Te Papa showcases a selection of Mollie’s beautiful watercolour designs for Queens and their attendants, alongside an album of period photographs that reveal how local women brought them to life.
Te Papa, Wellington, 1 August 2013 – 19 January 2014
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.
China’s Cultural Minorities: Silk to Silver Collections from the Shanghai Museum
Explore the treasures and traditions of China’s diverse and vibrant cultural minorities. With objects drawn from across China’s vast landscape, China’s Cultural Minorities: Silk to Silver showcases unique cultures and traditional lifestyles.
Saturday 6 July–Monday 28 October
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Woman’s embroidered silk waistcoat 1840–1949 from Ordos, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region
New Exhibition @ Objectspace, Ponsonby, Auckland
Sole Desire 27 July – 21 September
The exhibition brings together a selection of shoes from 11 lenders and looks at the role shoes play in the lives of their owners. The diverse selection of footwear designs reflects the multitude of meanings shoes can have for us. From the rebellious statement of the lurid sneaker to the sculptural qualities of a Vivienne Westwood bondage boot, the shoes on display confirm that shoes are ultimately objects of our soul’s desire. In the exhibition you will see shoes made by Lobb, John Fluevog, Repetto, L D Tuttle, Minnie Cooper, Ferragamo, and more.
Meet Viv Heslop, shoe enthusiast and owner of Unique Soles – the only importer of John Fluevog shoes in New Zealand. Viv will give a talk about her relationship with Fluevogs and how a Fluevog shoe came to be named after her. 3 August, 11am.
Take advantage of a rare opportunity to receive a guided tour of the Minnie Cooper premises on Wednesday 11 September. More details to follow.