Otago Polytechnic

Textiles

 

Discover Textiles in a visual arts context, and examine the value of cloth and its relationship to the body, different genders and classes, and material culture. The field of textile practice can encompass many approaches, such as sculptural, 2D and site-specific artworks.

We specialise in print and construction processes that employ a variety of surface treatments, such as screen-print methodologies using pigment ink, dye, discharge; and burnout applications, manual and digital embroidery and 3D sewing. Extend the language of textiles to communicate diverse ideas and explore your own approach to studio practice.

Suture Self - an exhibition curated by Victoria Bell with Neil Emmerson and Clive Humphreys.

  • Alice MacLaurin

    Alice MacLaurin

  • Chelsea Johnson

    Chelsea Johnson

  • Rob Haultain

    Rob Haultain

  • Victoria Stevens

    Victoria Stevens

  Programmes

Bachelor of Visual Arts
Translate your creativity into a career! A qualification in the Visual Arts will allow you to find employment in an exciting and diverse range of professions such as a practising artist, curator, art educator or researcher. A variety of roles within the digital and film industries would also be possible.

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)
Ideal if you are a high achiever who intends to pursue further study, this research-focused programme culminates in an exhibition and writings demonstrating your intellectual rigour and professional expertise.

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts
If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this programme offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study, tailored to suit your individual goals and requirements.

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts
If you are seeking initial engagement in postgraduate study this structured programme is for you! Create a body of critically engaged studio work and write a set essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts
Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Visual Arts
Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Fine Arts
Practicing artists will especially benefit from this in-depth research project, which has been benchmarked against national and international standards and culminates in a public exhibition and dissertation.

  Lecturers and coordinators

Studio Co-ordinator: Victoria Bell, MFA
Victoria coordinates the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts programmes with Programme Manger Mark Bolland. She also leads the Textiles Studio. Her art practice is founded upon a textiles sensibility which is poised between textiles and sculpture, drawing upon the tensions and slippages between art and craft histories. Known for her textile sculptures of animals and furniture items, her research explores a series of frameworks which involve postcolonialism, feminist criticality and identify construction, and the ethics of animal representation.Victoria holds a Master of Fine Arts, Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Learning Teaching, Bachelor of Design (Craft Art) and Diploma in Art Aotearoa (Honours).

Lecturer: Clive Humphreys, DipAD (Hons) 
Clive is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Art and teaches Textiles. He has been supervising postgraduate projects since 1998 and has also chaired and examined postgraduate examinations. His research expertise lie in drawing, painting and textiles and his recent research has consistently developed around the potentials and problems of pictorial composition and its various strategies for engagement of the viewer. In 2015 Clive won a prestigious Ako Aotearoa Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award.

Technician: Brendan Monson, BFA