Workshop Embellishing the Flaw with Fraser Crowe

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Gallery Members/Members Guests: $95.00
  • Non-Members: $145.00
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Workshop Embellishing the Flaw: In Principle and Practice

Stitching is storytelling and mending matters! Do you have a special garment or textile item that has worn away, is stained, or needs some attention? Do you want to explore textiles and clothing as carriers of ideas, culture and personal history, and be part of an informal ‘bigger picture’ discussion about sustainability in relationship to design and cultural artefacts?

Join designers and academics Kim Fraser and Deborah Crowe from Fraser Crowe for a stimulating afternoon about sustainable fashion practices and the use of stitching in contemporary art and object, and discover ways to make your treasured textile pieces last longer.

We’ll welcome you with tea and coffee followed by a talk and discussion on traditional and contemporary approaches to the idea of repair, textiles, memory, and the role of cloth in material culture. Working with visible hand mending, you will design and stitch a repair embellishment for the precious piece you bring along in the second part of the workshop – other fabrics and threads will be provided.

What to Bring:
Please bring a garment you want to embellish or repair.

About Fraser Crowe:
Kim Fraser (born Aotearoa New Zealand, Ngāti Hako) and Deborah Crowe (born Scotland) are committed makers, hands-on educators and academics who have been maintaining their creative practices for over 25 years. Fraser’s focus is on the problem of accelerating textile waste in Aotearoa. Her chapter ‘ReDress: Maximising Component Reuse for Fashion’ will be published in an upcoming Routledge publication. Crowe’s 2D and 3D art practice incorporates generation of artworks that pose questions about residue from human occupation within the built environment.

Together, Fraser and Crowe have been exploring and investigating the impact of throwaway culture since 1997. Their award winning ensemble Dual Outlook was displayed at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 1997 and is now part of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s collection. Crowe’s work was shown at Auckland Art Gallery’s exhibition FLAUNT: Art/Fashion/Culture (2003–04). Fraser Crowe retailed throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia in the late 1990s. In 2017 the label re-launched with a collection of ethically produced high-end womenswear featuring unique art prints and minimum waste engineering.

Maximum attendance: 16

This workshop has a minimum attendance requirement which, if not met, may cause it to be cancelled. If this is the case, those registered will be fully reimbursed.

Image Credits
1. © Photo Fraser Chatham, NZ Fashion Museum + Deborah Crowe
2. "Fraser Crowe + Fashion Revolution 24.04.18" © Fraser Crowe

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