Cultural regeneration fund feedback sought

The pandemic years have seen a number of initiatives to support arts and cultural initiatives, among them the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Regeneration Fund. This fund has included an invitation for feedback on grant applications, particularly from ‘people or organisations that will benefit from a particular proposal – or those with recognised and relevant expertise’.

Among the 240 proposals for consideration are a couple that fall into the dress line. Our friends from the New Zealand Fashion Museum Charitable Trust are working on My Museum, a free interactive online portal that will increase accessibility, expand the archive and share it more widely. You can read more about the proposal and submit feedback online here:

Meanwhile, Tina Thomas Costume Limited’s The Costume Storeroom is looking to develop an online catalogue of their large costume collection. The link for this project is

Submissions close 11.59pm on 13 November. The response rate to date has ‘flooded in’, For a full list of projects, see

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Textile exhibitions: one in Dunedin, one on the road!

Life is a Gas is part of the Art+Science series, exploring air. If you’re in or near Dunedin before 8 October, visit the Dunedin Community Gallery at 26 Princess Street.

The opening is Friday 30 September at 11,00am, then open daily 10am to 3pm, except Sundays.

You’ll see works from textile artists including Christine Keller, Stella Lange and Pam McKinlay.

Further north, Ngahere, The Bush of Aotearoa is on at the Chamber Gallery in Rangiora until 6 October.

The exhibition from the Professional Weavers Association of New Zealand then tours to Nelson, Masterton, Stratford, Morrinsville, Napier and Porirua over the next 12 months. We’ll keep you up to date on venues.

The Nelson venue is Refinery Artspace, so be sure to visit in October/November.

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Call for papers: Ara Honohono/Connecting Pathways

 The International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) Conference is in Dunedin next year, April 2023.

Otago Polytechnic is partnering with mana whenua Ngai Tahu in Ōtepoti Dunedin, to host the conference in Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time.

The kaupapa (theme or philosophy) of the 25th Annual IFFTI conference is Ara Honohono / Connecting Pathways.

Abstracts for papers, developmental papers, creative practice, posters and workshops are due by 3 October 2022, with full papers due by 11 December 2022. Find out more about the formats and themes here:

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Call for papers: Media, Culture, and Society Conference – Auckland 2022

Yoobee College of Creative Innovation is hosting the inaugural international conference of UP Education in Auckland, 14 to 16 December 2022.

The call for papers is being extended to October. The diverse subject areas include two topics that cover costume and textile practices:
– Costume, Cosplay, and Subcultural Fashion
– Historical Studies, and Visual Art Theory.

Follow the link for more information

UP Education brings together a group of accredited affiliated tertiary colleges across Australasia. The conference will showcase and promote the scholarly interests, academic research fields, and vocational training disciplines, supported by Australian and New Zealand institutions.

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Maureen Lander, Arts Foundation Laureate

Warmest congratulations once again to longstanding CTANZ member Dr Maureen Lander MNZM, who has joined the ranks of Arts Foundation laureates, receiving 2022 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Theresa Gattung Female Arts Practitioners Award for her achievements as a leader in multi-media arts. For many years now Maureen has been breaking ground and setting standards in the textile-multimedia sphere while collaborating with and mentoring others.

Maureen was the inspirational opening speaker at our last symposium in Auckland in 2021, and the excellent coverage of this year’s laureates provides us with an update on the projects she shared with us in Auckland. Since then, of course, she has shared the Walters Prize with fellow 2022 laureates the Mata Aho Collective, and been busy with other projects, as outlined in the aforementioned coverage about her laureate award linked below. It may be noted that the award is also a rare recognition of predominantly-textile or fibre artists, who are not well represented among the Te Tumu Tui laureates.

Ka rawe and nga mihi nui, Maureen, from the CTANZ whānau.

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More vintage textiles – the Valerie Carson Estate Textile Collection

Valerie Carson (1936-2020) is acknowledged as “New Zealand’s first textile conservator” and a pioneer of the field’s recognition as a discipline within the museum community, as related in her obituary on Te Papa’s blog.

Some of you will be aware that the late Valerie Carson’s collection is currently being auctioned online, with the closing date tomorrow (15 August 2022). Given the breadth and depth of Valerie’s interests and expertise, the range is unsurprisingly wide, with over 200 lots including lace, samplers, fabrics, garments from various parts of Asia and Africa , books, toys, sewing tools and assorted objets. The auction is through Cordy’s, the catalogue is here, and full of window-shopping delights.

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New art and vintage textiles in Auckland in August

August activities begin and end with Auckland this time round. On Thursday 11 August, Objectspace’s Ockham lecture will feature Steven Junil Park on language through making. The Ōtautahi-based multi-disciplinary artist works under the name 6×4. Fresh from designing the costumes for Nathan Joe and Jane Yonge’s provocative and visually arresting theatrical production, Scenes from a Yellow Peril, his lecture will “examine the roots of why he makes and how this has become his language for understanding the world as a Korean-born New Zealander”, and discuss the making of han (한), his contribution to our current exhibition in the Ockham Gallery, twisting, turning, winding, takatāpui + queer objects. Doors open at 5.30pm for the 6pm lecture at Objectpace: info including on registration on their website:

The month ends with the return of the Auckland Vintage Textile Fair

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Winter roundup

Between the weather and Covid, this is turning into a bit of a stay-at-home winter. It’s not that there aren’t exhibitions and other events on around the traps, but even masked, we’re hunkering down a bit. But if you’d like to pretend to go out, between now and the end of July, you can partake of the Threads symposium that the Dowse ran online on 18 June, after having had to reschedule because of the April surge. There are conversations with Reuben Patterson about rugs and glittery tshirts, Kate Sylvester and art, and presentations by many others. The perfect thing for the next wet weekend, which looks to be coming very soon, so take advantage of this opportunity with thanks to the Dowse for making it available online for an extended time.

On the subject of symposiums, the call for papers for the 2023 Costume Society of America symposium is open. Their 49th annual meeting and symposium will be in Salt Lake City next May, with the theme of Crossroads of Dress & Adornment: Creativity, Culture & Collaboration. If you’re looking ahead that far, check out their web page for all the options for a proposal and add that to your winter to-do list.

Something else that has recently found a new online home is the wonderful short documentary Pluck, which first turned up at the Doc Edge Film Festival in 2020 and is now available to stream via NZ On Screen. Pluck is the story of Jean Neshausen’s trip to the Rēkohu Chatham Islands to procure weka feathers for a korowai for her daughter.

If the staying in is getting to you, you might like to make plans for small-group things for upcoming months. Christchurch’s Rekindle offers a range of workshops including weaving and felting and other things, and as well as the in-person schedule, there’s a series of short films offering virtual workshop experiences, again with various textile options.

Meanwhile in Auckland, Ingrid Anderson will be running screen printing workshops over the next few months:

It’s also coming up film festival time, with the festival opening in Auckland 28 July before rolling out across the country. The most dress-addressing movies in this year’s programme look to be The Blue Caftan, “as impeccably crafted as the exquisite eponymous caftan tailored by its protagonist”, and The Corsage, a biopic about the 19th century Empress Elisabeth of Austria, “a woman who is restrained not just by her clothing, but by the expectations of society”. If the festival isn’t rolling out your way quite yet, keep an eye out for another couple of dress movies. The classic 1950s novel, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris is back on the big screen, this time with Lesley Manville as the London cleaning lady who falls in love with a Dior dress, while A Stitch in Time is another Australian movie about a dressmaker that looks like a quiet treat for a wet day. will start you linking to your local screenings.

And one final thing, something not to do while you’re stuck at home – the washing! In a recent health discourse blog, Stella Lange extols the virtues of vodka:

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This week’s CTANZ online: NZFM

CTANZ is back online on Wednesday 29 June, 7-8pm, with our friends from the New Zealand Fashion Museum, Doris de Pont (NZFM founder) and Philip Clarke (trustee) talking about the recent to fashion exhibition project (Doris), and the future vision for the museum (Philip).   

The to fashion project was developed to mark the 12th anniversary of the New Zealand Fashion Museum, the world’s first online fashion museum and New Zealand’s first virtual museum. It was an opportunity to review what has gone before and to create a future vision. To celebrate the museum stepped back and instead asked twelve individuals of diverse ages, sizes, ethnicities and genders that reflect the character and broad parameters of our contemporary society, to compose a ‘personal look’ that exemplifies how they fashion and present themselves within Aotearoa NZ’s contemporary culture. First exhibited during the Auckland arts festival, the exhibition is also online (as are all NZFM exhibitions).

The talk will be streamed on Wednesday and is live only. Our system for this is that members should have received an email with the Zoom link but if you’re not a member and are interested in the talk, please contact us for the link (before Wednesday 7pm).

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Online again: 1 June, A Lightbulb Moment

We’re getting in the groove with CTANZ online and suddenly it’s June and our next installment is coming up on Wednesday 1 June, 7pm. This time, we’re headed to Hawke’s Bay for some history, presented by Emerita Professor Kay Morris Matthews. Kay’s talk, A Lightbulb Moment: Integrating Cottage Industries within a New Zealand Women’s Movement, draws on the life of (Anna Elizabeth) Jerome Spencer (1872-1955) founder and leader of the New Zealand Women’s Institutes, and on a 2021 exhibition co-curated by Kay and Gail Pope, For Home and Country: Women’s Institutes in the Hawke’s Bay, MTG. 

Jerome (Bessie) Spencer was inspired by a visit to London in 1919, where the English Women’s Institute Exhibition of Crafts, showed her the potential for combining women’s arts and crafts with cottage industries. It would provide the pathway to her establishing the New Zealand Women’s Institute (WI) in 1921.

An accomplished spinner and weaver, Jerome Spencer taught and encouraged Institute women to produce rugs, cushions, curtains, furnishings as well as clothing items. Her exhibition of their work at the 1925 New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin proved an effective recruitment exercise for the WI, and it became the largest women’s organisation in New Zealand.

As before, CTANZ members should have received an invitation to this talk by email, but if you’re not a member, but are interested in the talk, please contact us for the link (before 7pm on 1 June).

The series was started in part because of the Covid-enforced disruption to normal CTANZ activities. Our Traditions symposium was postponed until 2023; the new dates are 5-7 May.

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