A Conversation: Virtual and Actual Spaces – Textile Practices in an Era of New Technologies

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Kelly Thompson
Margo Barton

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Kelly Thompson, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic Te Kura Matatini ki Otago

Kelly Thompson is a senior lecturer and co-ordinator of Textiles in the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. She regularly exhibits in New Zealand, Australia, the USA and has work in various public and private collections. In recent years she has worked with computer-assisted dobby and jacquard looms, handconstructing narrative textiles that explore postcolonial themes of identity and location.

Margo Barton

Margo Barton is the lecturer in charge of Design at The School of Fashion, Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is currently undertaking doctoral studies through Fashion at RMIT University in Melbourne and her project is entitled “Conceiving and Communicating Fashion: the Ideas, the Image, the Prototypes”. She has a specific focus on the use of new media and CAD technologies, their potential and realising possibilities within a millinery context. She creates millinery for NZ designers and exhibits in New Zealand and Australia.