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TCotA Forum (Inveresk) - D Wood | Futuring Craft: Learning from Kiwis


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

21 Apr 2016 12:30 pm

End Date

21 Apr 2016 1:30 pm


Lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

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Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

D Wood - Futuring Craft: Learning from Kiwis

Kiwi (the bird) is the national symbol of New Zealand.  Kiwi (the fruit) was grown in the country under the name Chinese gooseberry until it was christened "kiwi" for export purposes.  Kiwis (the people) can boast about being first on Mount Everest, winning the Rugby World Cup three times, and developing commercial bungee jumping.  But they cannot boast about contemporary craft in their country. 

This illustrated presentation will describe the state of New Zealand craft, with special emphasis on handmade furniture. Presently, craft in Aotearoa is like the flightless nocturnal national bird:  grounded and in the dark. In order to change that scenario, the speaker proposes ways in which craft can be re-scripted to ensure its existence in perpetuity.

D Wood designed and made furniture to earn a Diploma in Crafts and Design at Sheridan College in Canada and an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She obtained her PhD in Design Studies at the University of Otago in 2012. Her thesis, "Futuring Craft: Studio Furniture in New Zealand 1979-2008" examined handmade furniture within the context of the birth and disappearance of New Zealand's national craft organisation.

Image credit: D Wood

Upcoming Arts Forum

28 April| Joan Marie Kelly, Artist-in-residence

5 May| Deepti Gupta, Artist-in-residence

12 May| Graduate Colloquium

19 May| Kay Flavell

26 May| Angelika Bock, Artist-in-residence

TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm 

Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)
Academy of the Arts
University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus
Launceston 7250 AUSTRALIA