Wellington woven and wearable

Whakapapa by Corrinne Larkins, Kahu Waero by Adrienne Spratt, and kete.

Whakapapa by Corrinne Larkins, Kahu Waero by Adrienne Spratt, and kete.
Source: Office of the Clerk

If you’re anywhere near the Beehive over the next couple of days, there’s a couple of small exhibitions to check out at Parliament and the National Library. The exhibition on the first floor of Bowen House offers a monochrome Muka Pākē, woven muskets, and colourful taniwha among the diverse works of created by six members of the Raukura Weavers Collective. It’s only open 10am-3pm, Wednesday and Thursday until 12 November, so you have a few opportunities to see it. If you can’t make it, the information on Parliament’s website includes a link to the comprehensive catalogue: https://www.parliament.nz/en/get-involved/features/raukura-weavers-collective/

Closet of Curiosities, National Library of New Zealand, October-November 2020 Source: National Library

Across the road at the National Library, there’s been a short extension to Closet of Curiosities, five wearable art pieces by Queen Margaret College Year 13 Material Technology students, in response to different collections held by the library. These garments go back to the closet after 5 November, so you’ve got a couple of days for a close-up view of the work put into them.https://natlib.govt.nz/events/closet-of-curiosities-october-15-2020

Another time-limited opportunity in Wellington is this weekend’s Handmade for the Holidays pop-up of 19 workshops on Saturday 7 November, followed by a night craft market 5-8pm. This is Handmade’s return after a few year’s hiatus, and the workshops include kete, yarn, felt and jewellery options. For the list: http://handmadenz.co.nz/programme-2/

And one to add to the holiday list, as it’s on now until 31 January 2021: Costuming Katherine at the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden in Thorndon. The exhibition looks at how the character of Mansfield was dressed in two New Zealand productions, Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield (2011) and Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl (2018). https://www.katherinemansfield.com/event/costuming-katherine

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