City Gallery

Children's Art

Bird Costumes inspired by This is New Zealand

Students took inspiration from photographs of Para Matchitt’s bird costumes in the exhibition This is New Zealand. After visiting the exhibition students spent several weeks working with artist Gina Matchitt and City Gallery educators back at school to learn the art of shibori dying. By carefully folding, pinning, pegging, and binding cloth, students achieved a variety of patterns on their dyed fabric. They used their shibori fabric to cover pieces of card, which they cut and stapled or glued into bird mask shapes. With the rest of the fabric they folded, cut and sewed costumes. They worked together to choreograph movements wearing their bird costumes which they performed to family and friends at City Gallery.

John Ashton, Paratene Matchitt's costumes for the 'Time of the Birds' sequence of Green Are the Islands 1970
John Ashton, Paratene Matchitt's costumes for the 'Time of the Birds' sequence of 'Green Are the Islands', 1970.

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