Keynote speakers announced for 2012 symposium


The Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the 2012 symposium, to be held in Nelson on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2012. This year we are delighted to be hosting three speakers whose expertise will bring a truly international flavour to the annual symposium.

From Auckland we are welcoming Mary Kisler, Auckland Art Gallery’s Senior Curator (Mackelvie Collection, International Art). Mary will be bringing her knowledgeable eye to our theme of Town and Country. Her infectious enthusiasm for art history and her ability to decode the stories embedded within artworks is guaranteed to make for a highly entertaining keynote address.

From Australia and America, we are pleased to introduce Ann-Maree Reaney and Jill Kinnear, who will be presenting their collaborative textile/art project American Road Trip.


Four Corners dress from American Road Trip. Photograph copyright and courtesy of Ann-Maree Reaney and Jill Kinnear.


Ann-Maree is a practicing visual artist based in Brisbane, where she has had a considerable career both as an artist and an educator.  Jill is a textile designer and artist currently based in Savannah, Georgia, where she holds the position of Professor of Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design. In American Road Trip, the pair have created a collaborative series of printed textile forms that are wearable, as well as contextual photographs and videos, which capture the essence of travel.  Using textile, structure and digital pattern, these collaborative works reflect an abiding interest in other cultures, experiences and the unique perspective of a journey.

REMINDER: Abstracts for papers are due at the end of this week, Friday 23 March. See the call for papers for further details.

We will advise you soon as to when registrations are open for the symposium.

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