Julia Holderness | Florence & Florence: other textile histories

Opening event Tuesday September 11, from 5.00pm

Ilam Campus Gallery, Block 2, Christchurch 

Working with a range of archival materials from the Macmillan Brown Library & Heritage Collections, Julia Holderness explores her own textile making alongside that of artist and teacher Florence Akins (1906-2012).  Akins’ documents relate to her teaching of textiles at the Canterbury College School of Art, and include lecture notes and other instructional resources such as colour diagrams. Holderness reworks them and presents their possible entanglement with the international Bauhaus movement. Connections are also made with Florence Weir (1899-1979), currently the only known New Zealander to have studied at the Bauhaus. In 1936 Weir designed the costumes and sets for a local Christchurch production, and these were said to have been inspired by her time at the Bauhaus. The production was never staged publicly, and in the absence of any surviving documentation, Holderness imagines these designs in an appliqué series. This exhibition is part of a Visual Arts PhD in practice-led research at Auckland University of Technology, in which Holderness develops practices of fabrication, approximation and invention to interrogate archives and their construction of art-historical narratives.

Artist Talk: Thursday September 20, from 12.30pm

Image: Florence Weir skirt design with battlement border (for Veronika, Act 1), felt and wool appliqué, 2018.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/09/2018 - 04/10/2018
All Day