Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Textiles telling stories

The tradition of storytelling is being kept alive through textiles by mural artist Mary Kelleher. Her massive hand crafted book 'Manukau Harbour of Stories' is currently on display at Waitakere Central Library in Henderson until Wednesday 14th of August. Through swatches, objects, and embroidery, layers of history are woven together to tell tales of taniwhas, tall ships, sharks, sailors, steel works and woollen mills, people, communities and the environment.

'Manukau Harbour of Stories', front cover, photo courtesy of Robyn Mason, West Auckland Research Centre
The book is on loan from Lopdell House Gallery, which commissioned the work to educate people about the extraordinary heritage of New Zealand's second largest natural harbour. To support this artwork, the gallery have designed a series of creative workshops for schools years 1-8. During these workshops, children design their own artist books to explore the harbour's history.  The workshops also link into the primary school curriculum for art, technology, social history music and Te Reo.

'Manukau Harbour of Stories', inside detail, photo courtesy of Robyn Mason, West Auckland Research Centre
If your local library or school would like to display the volume or you would like more information contact Iona Matheson or phone the gallery on 09 817 8987 ext 204.

'Manukau Harbour of Stories', back cover, photo courtesy of Robyn Mason, West Auckland Research Centre

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