Session One: Reflecting History

Linda Waters

Te Papa paintings conservator Linda Waters specialises in the treatment of modern and contemporary paintings and has a particular interest in revealing how the material nature of artworks contribute to their meaning. Inspired by her recent book The Back of the Painting (Te Papa Press, 2021), Waters takes a microscopic look at paintings by New Zealand modernist painters Tony Fomison and Louise Henderson to discuss how textiles played a role in their formation.

Dr Bronwyn Lloyd

As part of her tenure as Blumhardt Curator 2021, writer and curator Dr Bronwyn Lloyd developed an exhibition examining the links between applied arts and social history entitled She Shed: Contemporary Wool Craft at the Petone Settlers Museum. Focusing on a textile work by Vita Cochran featured in the exhibition, Lloyd speaks to the idea of links and connections, and the loopy way they sometimes come about.  

Dr Fahima Saeid in conversation with Zoe Black

Kohna Zari Ko Collective is a mending and upcycling project in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, which helps migrant and refugee communities retain and share their traditional sewing and craft practices from their home countries, such as Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. Refugee advocate
Dr Fahima Saeid chats about the project with Objectspace Deputy Director
Zoe Black (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Pākehā), discussing how craft can cross language barriers and connect makers to cultural traditions that can be lost through migration.


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