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Jane Groufsky

Position title:
Associate Curator
Applied Arts and Design
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About Jane

As Associate Curator, Applied Arts and Design, I work with a wide range of beautiful and inspiring objects from New Zealand and beyond. I have a broad knowledge of textiles and fashion with a particular interest in print and pattern-making techniques.

Research interests and projects

My interest in textiles focuses less on fashion and more on the cloth itself: patternmaking, dyeing and printing. I am currently exploring the history of textile printing in New Zealand with an aim to expand the profiles of key practitioners. In addition to my research, I like learning through doing, and have experimented with linocut printing, stencilling, dressmaking, shibori dyeing, quilting, needlework and jewellery making.

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Read articles by Jane.

The Mulvany Sisters

​Shoppers walking down Darby Street in 1929 might have come upon an interesting sight in a studio window - a woman sitting, busily weaving at a loom.


​Indigo is more than just a colour: it is a natural dye that has had a profound effect on the history of textiles globally.

Print and pattern in New Zealand textiles

New Zealand's textile designs provide a fascinating window on our social history. Fortunately the Museum holds a small historical collection and a growing number of contemporary works.


​Brought to New Zealand by early settlers, the technique of quilting remains popular here today. The Auckland Museum collection includes around 50 quilts, from traditional European and American bed quilts to Pacific Tivaevae.