8 Pacific women respond creatively to the concept of Pacific Trade, Occupation & Exchange.
The installation acknowledges Pacific trade routes, the use of weaving for the creation of objects for trade and exchange, and the ceremony of gifting.
The project foregrounds the human labour involved in design industries and prompts critical reflection on how issues of race, ethnicity and gender stereotypes intersect with the marketing and promotion of contemporary fashion.
The Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle (PWWC) is a Melbourne based weaving circle of Pacific sistas.
PWWC was founded by Samoan artist, designer and weaver Maryann Talia Pau and Lisa Hilli, a media artist from PNG and now lovingly managed by another 2 sistas, Grace Vanilau and Lia Pa’apa’a.
PWWC provides a forum for artistic collaboration, community connection, an avenue to reconnect with traditional arts and crafts and a supported environment to overcome the feelings of isolation and alienation that can come from living within a large, urbanised city.
Mis-design: Pacific Women’s Weaving Collective: Occupation
Where: Alphaville, Fitzroy Store
179 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
When: 5-11 September, 2011
Time: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Opening: Wednesday 7 September, 2011.
Please RSVP to Lisa Hilli on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0433 539 281 by Monday 5 September, 2011.
Free weaving workshop: Saturday 10 September, 2011.
Please contact Lisa Hilli for more details or email: email@example.com. Details for workshops also on their Facebook page. Booking is essential.
The Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle preparing for their installation. Image via Mis-design blog