Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Zealand Textiles

Patterns of Identity: Textiles in Aotearoa is a resource created by the School of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology. It provides access to the extraordinary textiles of New Zealand as a showcase for artists and designers, and includes an extensive image collection. The work is stunning! Click on everything - the site is layered and almost every link takes you to many, many others.

A few of the in-depth profiles provided include (be sure to click on the Image Gallery links):

Betty Fraser - her work ranges from wool murals (one is 5.5m long x 2.2m high) to silk paintings

Susan Holmes - creates exquisite wearable art costumes

Patricia Edwards - her focus is on bold graphic art cloth

Rose McLeod - she creates vibrantly colored art quilts with abstract designs

Henry Wilson - his batik wall hangings are unbelievably detailed

On this site you will find links to: contemporary Maori and Pacific textiles (including a tivaevae quilt project); collaborative community textile projects; printed textiles from the Aukland Museum collection; and textile education projects, among others. Just explore...

Patterns of Identity: Textiles in Aotearoa

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