Crafting Aotearoa explores the thought and processes behind the creation of craft in Aotearoa New Zealand. These essays consider the visible but unseen aspects of the everyday objects in our lives, bringing to light some of our untold craft histories.

Written by a range of experts from around Aotearoa, these topics offer unique and personal perspectives on the different fields of craft.

These essays contain original research richly illustrated with images from museums and private collections around the country. 

This collection of essays is a sister project to the book Crafting Aotearoa, co-edited by Karl Chitham, Kolokesa U Māhina-Tuai and Damian Skinner, published by Te Papa Press (2019). 

The essays are divided into six sections Craft concepts, TextilesGlassPaper and metalcraft, Pottery, Jewellery and adornment, Woodwork and furniture.

Crafting Aotearoa 

Spanning three centuries of making and thinking in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Moana (Pacific), this book looks at the artistic practices that, at different times and for different reasons, have been described by the term craft. Crafting Aotearoa tells the previously untold story of craft in Aotearoa New Zealand, so that the connections, as well as the differences and tensions, can be identified and explored. This book proposes a new idea of craft – one that acknowledges Pākehā, Māori and wider Moana histories of making, as well as diverse community perspectives towards objects and their uses and meanings.

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This online companion has been generously supported by the Blumhardt Foundation, the Kelliher Charitable Trust and Creative New Zealand