Unbound: Gathering Material for Unbound; Liberating women
The Ballroom at Larnach Castle
Last month, September, the month to mark 125 of Women’s Suffrage here in Aotearoa New Zealand was a big month, I realised two major projects, one in Dunedin, one in Whangarei. Both were based around the idea of drawing people together to contribute their thoughts, ideas, concerns, stories or simply their signatures on pieces of a garment I would sew to mark the occasion.
For the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand’s annual symposium, Unbound; Liberating Women the project was entitled, Unbound: Gathering Material and was based in two places over the course of the weekend; during the symposium dinner, in the Ballroom at Larnach Castle and a workspace I was given in The Hub, at Otago Polytechnic.
Following are some photographs documenting the signing of pieces of the coat at Larnach Castle. Thanks Catherine Donnelley for your camera work!
Between dinner and dessert, I invited guests to come and sign or make a mark
Pieces of a coat were laid out on two sets of tables, along with a variety of markers and pens
There was probably more conversation around and over the pieces of fabric than there was mark making!
References to a paper presented and the women who pushed the boundaries in dress reform, thanks Jane Malthus!
Gathering, looking, thinking and talking
Beautiful words shared
“Well-behaved women rarely make history”
The garment pieces filled up fast, as the approximately 60 people shared in the work
I was so impressed with the enthusiasm brought to the project
“Without land and without Women we are lost..”
So many people!
Images of the completed garment are forthcoming…..
With grateful thanks to Creative New Zealand and Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand for supporting this project, special thanks to Stella Lange for providing me with everything I needed for my sewing space, including a very special sewing chair, and Elaine Webster for being such a gracious host and woman of wisdom.