Forthcoming book: Crafting Aotearoa

A landmark publication that takes another look at craft and its broader cultural role

Crafting Aotearoa_Karl Chitham et al

Edited by Karl Chitham, Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai and Damian Skinner

Publication date: November 2019
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $85.00
Extent: 496 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9941362-7-5

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A major new history of craft that spans three centuries of making and thinking in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Moana (Pacific). Paying attention to Pākehā, Māori, and island nations of the wider Moana, and old and new migrant makers and their works, this book is a history of craft understood as an idea that shifts and changes over time. At the heart of this book lie the relationships between Pākehā, Māori and wider Moana artistic practices that, at different times and for different reasons, have been described by the term craft. It tells the previously untold story of craft in Aotearoa New Zealand, so that the connections, as well as the differences and tensions, can be identified and explored. This book proposes a new idea of craft – one that acknowledges Pākehā, Māori and wider Moana histories of making, as well as diverse community perspectives towards objects and their uses and meanings.

About the editors

Karl Chitham (Ngāpuhi) is the director of the Dowse Art Museum. He has experience and involvement with Artists Alliance and mentoring programmes and is a selection panel member, advisor, award’s judge and curator advisor within the New Zealand arts community.

Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai has been a curator at both the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira. She now works as an independent consultant. She is the author of numerous books including, with Sean Mallon and Damon Salesa, Tangata o le Moana.  She is currently the Tongan representative on the Pacific Arts Committee for Creative New Zealand.

Damian Skinner is an award-winning author of several books on art, craft and artists, most recently The Maori Meeting House and Theo Schoon: A Biography.

Publication date: November 2019
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $85.00
Extent: 496 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9941362-7-5

Pre-order this book here