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~ Christopher Duncan

~ Christopher Duncan

New Zealand, (b. 1970)

Christopher Duncan is a ~ contemporary craft practitioner ~ who specialises in hand weaving textiles

Chris began weaving in 2012 after a career in the fashion industry and began teaching himself through gifted looms and materials eventually creating his own library of weaving apparatus, knowledge, style and technique. His practice moves between the making of textile for use in clothing and as object – challenging the idea of artisanal works as everyday useful objects.

His woven work stems from traditional techniques but combines non-repetitive lines at vertical and horizontal intersections. Breaking up the rigid forms typical to the cross sectional nature of the loom are inlaid motifs that are iterated across the textile.

In 2014 with partner Joseph Yen and as an extension of his practice, they opened TÜR at 486 Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand. Their open studio operates as a making and exhibition space showcasing like-minded New Zealand and international practitioners and makers. Duncan's work is exhibited throughout New Zealand and Japan and is held in the collections of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira.

Duncan challenges and questions the current and problematic mode of mass production and consumerism via his weaving, Jane Groufsky writes: “Reaction against fast fashion has led him to follow a zero-waste design principle; making cloth that is not used in the final garment is also wasted labour. This has led to a loose, genderless, and largely achromatic style of clothing….”

Christopher Duncan

~ Works

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VIV-1599

'Musāvāda' , 2019

Twill woven linen, soumak & weft twinning. Linen and gold lacquered silk embroidery. Silver beading. Hand sewn, hand plaited handles.
260 x 400 x 70mm

VIV-1598

'To You Alice' , 2019

Twill woven linen, soumak and weft twinning. Linen and gold lacquered silk embroidery. Hand finished hem and neckline.
900 x 1100 x 2mm

VIV-1597

'Well Concealed Jade' , 2019

Twill woven linen w soumak and weft twinning. Linen and gold lacquered silk embroidery. Silver beading. Hand sewn. Hand plaited linen handles.
490 x 510 x 120mm

VIV-1596

'Oops! Theresa ' , 2019

Basket woven linen and mohair, brushed. Soumak and embroidered details. Gold lacquered silk embroidery & silver beading. Hand finished neckline and hem.
720 x 840 x 2mm

VIV-1595

'Obscured clarity' , 2019

Basket woven linen and mohair, brushed. Soumak details. Plaited linen fringe, linen and gold lacquered silk embroidery. Silver beading.
2120 x 970 x 1mm

VIV-1594

'Tapestry from an Asteroid' , 2019

Twill woven linen. Linen knotting, soumak and embroidery. Gold lacquered silk inserts.
1000 x 1970 x 1mm

VIV-1593

'Jeux D’Eau' , 2019

Predominantly twill woven linen w soumak, weft twinning & knotting. Plaited linen fringe, linen and gold lacquered silk embroidery. Silver beading
2050 x 950 x 1mm

VIV-1592

'Rumi' , 2019

Basket woven linen and mohair, brushed. Soumak and weft twinning. Plaited linen fringe, linen and silk embroidery. Silver beading.
2050 x 820 x 1mm

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Rupert Herring

~ The Avenue where the Silhouettes Pass

~ Rupert’s work is well-known and well-loved ~ And in this, his first solo show at The Vivian ~ you’ll see a marked progression in both style ~ and influence

6 Jul – 26 Aug 2019

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