About Jane

About Jane

Jane Groufsky is Curator Social History and the co-curator of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, a major new permanent exhibition of the people and stories of Auckland. The Social History collection focuses on the social, cultural and environmental history of Auckland City and region. Jane’s current focus is on expanding the collections to reflect contemporary Auckland urban issues such as housing, transport, migration, and environmental concerns. 

Research interests and projects

My research looks at the way social history can be read through textiles and adornment, and what these crafts reveal about the attitudes and values of an era. Recent projects have focused on textile design in Aotearoa New Zealand as a vernacular language which has been used to reflect personal identity. Outside the Museum, I am also a textile practitioner with an interest in printmaking and embroidery.

Selected publications

Groufsky, Jane (2018). “A Local Motif; use of kōwhaiwhai patterns in printed textiles”. The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global. Textile Society of America's 16th Biennial Symposium. Vancouver, BC, Canada; September 19 – 23, 2018. DOI 10.32873/unl.dc.tsasp.0030

Groufsky, Jane (2019). “Threads of Inheritance: Areez Katki at Malcolm Smith Gallery”, The Pantograph Punch. First published 29 March 2019. https://www.pantograph-punch.com/post/areez-katki-bildungsroman

Groufsky, Jane (2023). “Cook & Company”, Objectspace. First published 6 April 2023. https://www.objectspace.org.nz/journal/essay-cook-company/

Groufsky, Jane. “Alwynne Crowsen, Lace Historian” in Low, A. (2022). A Triad of Safekeeping. Auckland Museum.

Groufsky, Jane. (2023) “Protecting ‘Paradise’: Anti-Nuclear Textiles in New Zealand”, TEXTILE, DOI: 10.1080/14759756.2023.2239563

Pont, D. D., Groufsky, J., & Dix, K. (2018). A Certain Style: Bruce Papas. Auckland: Published by the New Zealand Fashion Museum in collaboration with Auckland War Memorial Museum

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