Crane Brothers in association with Melanie Roger Gallery will exclusively exhibit recent fabric work by Emma Fitts alongside painting by Kirstin Carlin. Recently returned from living in the UK, Fitts works predominantly with textiles as her preferred material as well as exploring them as a subject and a concept to convey ideas surrounding feminism. Rehabilitating histories, she takes as her subject matter well-known, local artistic and political personages such as Louise Henderson, Edith Collier, Frances Hodgkins, Olivia Spencer Bower and Marilyn Waring, often deconstructing and abstracting vintage clothing patterns to create forms.
The two works exhibited at Crane Brothers from 30 March to 2 April, “Autumn” and “Winter” from the “Seasons series”, were made in collaboration with painter Kirstin Carlin. These pieces were commissioned by the Auckland Art Gallery for the exhibition “Necessary Distraction” in 2015 and include screen printed imagery of Carlin’s painting from the “Pleasure Garden” series – also included in “Necessary Distraction”.
Emma Fitts is currently working towards a major survey solo exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum in Wellington and Kirstin Carlin will exhibit new work at Melanie Roger Gallery in Auckland in April.
Come down to the store on Friday afternoon to meet Emma Fitts and Kirstin Carlin for a chance to discuss the collaboration first hand at Crane Brothers from 5 - 7pm on Friday 31 March
This event is part of 4 Days of Fashion in the City, in association with