Embellishing the Flaw with Fraser Crowe


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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.


Please bring a garment you want to embellish or repair.



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.

$95 Members, $145 non-Members (includes annual membership)
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