Posts categorized as Exhibitions

Wearable of the Week # 10: A Day of the Dead Special!

Danse Macabre by Mercy Brewer (NZ), 2012. World of WearableArt. Photo by:

Over the next two days Te Papa is celebrating Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead in conjunction with the exhibition Aztecs: Conquest and Glory. Whether you are marking Day of the Dead or All Souls Day aka Halloween, what better garment to chose for this week’s ‘Wearable’ than Mercy Brewer’s ghoulish yet alluring La… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 9

Powelliphanta Pine by Sally Spackman, 2012. World of WearableArt.

This week’s wearable is by Sally Spackman, a recent graduate from Massey University’s fashion design degree. Made from hundreds, if not thousands of coiled pine needles, the spiralled forms that make up Powelliphanta Pine are inspired by the beautiful shells of New Zealand’s powelliphanta snails – the ‘giants of the snail world’.  Powelliphanta snails, of which… Read more »

Time spent at Gallipoli

  • Sunset looking out from Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa 2013
  • Anzac Cove, looking towards the hills. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa 2013
  • A partial skull near one of the trenches, probably uncovered by recent rains. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, Te Papa 2013
  • Bone poking out of the ground near Chunuk Bair, probably uncovered by recent heavy rain. It was covered up again by our party. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa 2013

It is an unusual thing as any researcher can tell, to feel you know a place with great familiarity through in-depth reading and research but when visiting that place for real, find that no amount of reading will ever compensate for actually standing there in person. That’s the reaction I had on visiting Gallipoli a… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 7

Dress Rehearsal

As October is Breast Cancer Month this week’s fabulous wearable takes the form a bizarre but very thoughtful bra – its Lynn Christiansen’s The Abbey of St Brassiere.   The witty and outrageous Bizarre Bra™ section has been a firm favourite with WOW® entrants and audiences since it was established in 1995.  Since then, more than… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 6

  • pretzel-eyes
  • Sketch by Sean Purucker for Bells for Her. Courtesy of Sean Purucker.
  • Bell Back Model
  • Ryan and Mom snow

Over 100 WOW® fans crammed into Te Papa’s Eyelight’s Gallery last Saturday to hear the maker of this week’s wearable speak. Its Bells for Her by Sean Purucker. Sean Purucker lives in LA where he works as a costume fabricator. He grew up, however in Alaska. Bells For Her harks back to his Alaskan childhood – to… Read more »