Garden of Memories:Extending quilt making traditions from around the Pacific Rim Giles Peterson with Shona Pitt, Sheena Tavairanga, Lisa Reihana, Vea Mafile’o, Reina Sutton, Lina Pavaha Marsh, and Ken Khun.
Garden of Memories, curated by Giles Peterson, brings together heirloom and contemporary Pacific quilts from Peterson’s collection and uses these precious objects as the starting point for exploring contemporary craft and object-making by extending this traditional form into creative interpretations and new works by artists from across Asia and the Pacific.
Six quilts from Aotearoa and the Pacific are at the centre of the exhibition and this complementing publication. Peterson’s personal connection … Continue reading →
Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter Jane Vial and Steve Austin
With a foreword by Justine Olsen – Curator of Decorative Arts at Te Papa, and an afterword by Rick Rudd – potter and Director of the Quartz Museum.
Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter traces the life and works of New Zealand’s pioneering woman studio potter. It is fully illustrated with over 100 images, especially photographed, of Lissaman’s pottery selected from private and public collections. Illustrations also include images of her designs and historical family photographs. The biography is meticulously researched and written by Jane … Continue reading →
DESIGN GENERATION: How Peter Haythornthwaite shaped New Zealand’s design-led enterprise Michael Smythe With an introduction and interview by Michael Barrett
This book tells the story of one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers. Spanning five decades, Design Generation documents Haythornthwaite’s career through childhood influences, education in Auckland and Illinois, work experience in California and New York, and teaching and consultant practice back in New Zealand. It chronicles his many roles as a design leader: as innovator of design, employer in private practices and his notable contribution to the wider field of design. Vivid case studies of Haythornthwaite’s work illustrate the … Continue reading →
The idea of making do with what’s available is a fitting analogy for Pauline Bern’s jewellery practice. Bern has always utilised locally sourced materials that are connected to her in some way and worked to transform them into something new. In this instance, a selection of plants from her Devonport garden provided the primary material for the pieces in Colonial Goose.
Colonial Goose harks back to the early pioneering tradition in New Zealand of making do with what’s on hand. Owing to a scarcity of geese, the traditional English Christmas fare of … Continue reading →
METAPHYSICAL HEART JEWELLERY BY PETER MCKAY Damian Skinner
“Published on the occasion of the exhibition Metaphysical heart : jewellery by Peter McKay”
A storytelling jeweller, working alone on Banks Peninsula, with one eye focused on the artistic heritage of Europe and the other trained on the mythic potential of his local landscape. Welcome to the work (and world) of Peter McKay, one of this country’s senior jewellers. From his early days as an apprentice of Kobi Bosshard, trained in the techniques and aesthetics of European goldsmithing, to the appropriation of European modernism and Medieval and … Continue reading →
1839 EXCHANGES JEWELLERY BY JASON HALL curated by Damian Skinner
“An exhibition about jewellery, identity and cultural exchange explored through a series of amulets created for Frederick Edward Maning”
Since 1998 Jason Hall’s jewellery has been asking questions about Päkehä identity. His work represents a consistent struggle to negotiate being Päkehä through an awareness of the traditions and craft of contemporary jewellery in Aotearoa. 1839 Exchanges: Jewellery by Jason Hall is an exhibition about jewellery, identity and cultural exchange explored through a series of amulets created for Frederick Edward Maning, an Irishman who arrived in Aotearoa in 1833 … Continue reading →