Posts written by Prue Donald

A walk along Muriwai Beach

It was one of the best days this year for me:  walking along the vast, luminous west coast beach with jeweller Alan Preston. He strolled, collecting shells with an eye on the tide and recalled Colin McCahon’s influence on his work, White Foreshore.  McCahon’s years at Muriwai are reflected in his remarkable series of paintings including Walk… Read more »

Hero’s uniform

Lance Corporal Willie Apiata on duty in Afghanistan, 2004.  Photograph courtesy of the New Zealand Army

Uniformity: Cracking the dress code  has just opened on level 4 of  Te Papa in the Eyelights Gallery.  This time we’ve focused on uniforms, the influence of uniforms on fashion, and elements of uniformity in the way people dress. A highlight of the exhibition is Corporal Willie Apiata, VC’s combat uniform from Afghanistan. Corporal Apiata… Read more »

Talking about art

Warwick Freeman in his studio. Photo by Michael Hall, copyright Te Papa

How does jewellery addess issues of identity? What’s the connection between a cruise ship and an ice skating rink? How does photography expose events from the past?  You can find the answers to these and other questions  in the video interviews with artists whose work features in  Collecting Contemporary .  Here’s a glimpse of the artists we’ve filmed: Over the past year, Collecting Contemporary… Read more »

As seen in Vogue

  • Image from Prelude to Spring 1957 courtesy of the New Zealand Film Archive
  • Image from Prelude to Spring 1957 courtesy of the New Zealand Film Archive
  • Michal McKay
  • Michal McKay

 What was it like in London in the swinging sixties, working with top fashion photographers like David Bailey and Helmut Newton? Going to the Paris Collections?  These are just some of Michal McKay’s heady experiences she recalls in an interview screening in Te Papa’s latest exhibition, New Zealand in Vogue, a celebration of fashion when New Zealand had… Read more »

Wanted: loved ones

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All we know about him is a name written on a glass negative: ‘Hart’.  Ever since I first saw him I have kept his photograph on my wall.  He has been the inspiration for many hours of image research for the World War I film that screens in Te Papa’s C20th history exhibition, Slice of Heaven.   Using silent archive footage and stills the film… Read more »

In praise of darning

Home-grown displays, Slice of Heaven. Copyright Te Papa 2010.

On Friday I posted a blog on the subject of darning inspired by the items of clothing that survived the Depression loaned by Rosemary McLeod for the Slice of  Heaven exhibition. A couple of comments in response to that made me think further.   My mother taught me to start a darn with slipstitch around the hole, then stitch… Read more »

Rosemary McLeod talks about darning in the Depression

Darned clothing from Depression era Copyright Te Papa

How many of us are darning socks these days? Some of the most poignant objects on display in Slice of Heaven  – 20th Century Aotearoa are items of clothing that have survived the Great Depression.  They’re such tangible reminders of how hard times were then.  Some things, especially underwear and linings, were darned and patched many, many times…. Read more »