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Printing by Hand with Susan Holmes

I recently had the opportunity to attend a printing workshop with Susan Holmes, a renowned fabric artist in New Zealand, where she taught us her tips and tricks of fabric printing using stencils and brilliantly coloured fabric paints – skillfully dabbed on with a sponge. Her quick wit and sense of fun made the experience unforgettable and as a bonus I left with my own …

Review: The Vulgar Fashion Redefined at Barbican Art Gallery, London

According to an interview with Judith Clarke and Adam Phillips, creators of the new exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, the term ‘vulgar’ needs to be reclaimed, brought back into critical discussion within historical and cultural debates on fashionable dress[1]. Too often, they suggest, ‘vulgar’ is used without explanation and, in doing so, has established itself as a pejorative measure of …

Dressing Up with Others: Instagram Recommendations

I was going to post an exhibition review but realised that it would probably fall by the wayside, given how much attention will be paid to the US election results. Rather than compete with the momentous political event currently taking place, I will leave my review until later this month. It seems more appropriate to remain an observer at this point, to enable both myself …

Review: Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu

It is not often that I walk into an exhibition space and get goosebumps. The current exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu,  is one of those few shows that make you feel a sense of something deeper to the objects on display.  Working with mainly historical objects as part of my day job at Auckland Museum, it is very refreshing to see a …

A Postcard from Abroad: Duro Olowu and Nicola Thorp

This is my last post until September – time to take a little summer break! However, just before I go, here’s two interesting events during August that represent both the everyday and the out of the ordinary aspects of fashion and dress. Making and Unmaking is an exhibition drawing the work of over 70 artists spanning the last two centuries together with an emphasis on …

Kōrero Kākahu: Jealous Saboteurs

It seems fitting that for my last post for this wonderful website that I come full circle and write about the same gallery I wrote about in my first post. City Gallery in Wellington is a long-time favourite of mine, and it has been a join having fashion as an entry point for looking at art exhibitions. The latest exhibition that drew me in has many …

Kōrero Kākahu: Hākui

The award-winning exhibition Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu at Otago Museum is yet another exhibition that I have had to get to know through catalogues and online write-ups due to its geographic distance (a whole island away!). Last week I attended the inaugural Museums Australasia conference (first time that Museums Aotearoa and Museums Australia had held a joint conference), followed by the Kāhui Kaitiaki hui (a smaller conference aimed …

Kōrero Kākahu: Women of Empire

As a colonial nation, being in the centenary years of the Great War means a great deal to New Zealand. Just yesterday, 25 April, is known as Anzac Day and is recognised both in New Zealand and Australia as a day of remembrance for our war dead. It also means that the war-related exhibition Women of Empire: the untold stories of New Zealand and Australian women in …

LACMA “Reigning Men” Exhibition Curator Discussion With Monica

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 Curated by Sharon S. Takeda, Kaye D. Spilker, and Clarissa M. Esguerra from LACMA’s Costume and Textiles department. Thru August 21, 2016 From the press release: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 is a major survey exploring the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th to the early 21st century. …

Review: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley, Lancashire

Last year, in the Museums Journal,  I noticed an article outlining proposed closures to several local museums in Lancashire due to funding cuts. One of them was Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, the ‘last working steam-powered weaving mill in the world’. Built in 1894 by Queen Street Mill Manufacturing Company for weaving plain cotton fabric, it was operational until 1982 when it finally closed before …

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