Threads: Contemporary Art & Textiles Symposium

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Presented as part of Threads Textile Festival, in partnership with Aotearoa Festival of The Arts

Hosted by The Dowse Art Museum, we will unravel the seam between textiles and contemporary art. Offering curated presentations from a range of influential local and international textiles figures, including iconic fashion designer Kate Sylvester, glittering
New Zealand artist Reuben Paterson and conservator of textiles and weaver Dr Rangi Te Kanawa

Threads: Contemporary Art & Textiles Symposium will be available online here until the end of July.

PROGRAMME | Threads: Contemporary Art & Textiles Symposium


Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi)
Director, The Dowse Art Museum


Reuben Paterson chats with Karl Chitham about the use of kōwhaiwhai in his collaboration with Dilana Rugs and many other textile moments from his practice and career.

Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi)

Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi)
Director, The Dowse Art Museum


A short video of the exhibition Silk Web created in partnership between The Dowse and Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Honolulu
Dr. Leslee Michelsen
Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Honolulu

The conservation of Māori cloaks from a scientific and Te Ao Māori perspective
Dr Rangi Te Kanawa (Ngāti Maniapoto)
Conservator of Textiles and Weaver

Kate Sylvester speaks with Chelsea Nichols about her collaborations with Michael Parekōwhai, Marcel Duchamp and Frances Hodgkins
Kate Sylvester
Designer & Director, Kate Sylvester
Dr Chelsea Nichols
Senior Curator, The Dowse Art Museum

Session One: Reflecting History

Louise Henderson and Tony Fomison: the conscious use of material versus use, dictated by need
‍Linda Waters
‍Conservator Paintings, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

‍Network Collar: Exploration of social histories through textile art
‍Dr Bronwyn Lloyd
2021 Bumhardt Curator

Kohna Zari Ko Collective: How craft can connect makers to cultural tradition
‍Dr Fahima Saeid
Refugee Advocate
Zoe Black
‍(Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Pākehā)
Deputy Director, Objectspace

Session Two: Artists in Focus

Building joyful and complex relationships between colour and pattern
Evan Woodruffe
Artist, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

The art of keeping it light: using humour and whakapapa to bring mauri to my quilts
Ron Te Kawa (Ngāti Porou)
Artist, Woodville

Using fabric to articulate my experience of living between Korea and New Zealand.
Emerita Baik
Artist, Wellington