About Jane


As Project Curator History, I am currently researching stories of the people and places that make up Auckland, bringing to light some of the hidden moments from our city’s history. I am particularly interested in collecting objects that reflect contemporary life in Auckland – where people eat, work, and socialise. In addition to this work, I have a broad knowledge of textiles and fashion with a focus on print and pattern-making techniques.

Research Interests and Projects


I am interested in how social history can be read through textiles, and what they reveal about the attitudes and values of an era. My research style includes learning-through-doing, and I have experimented with screenprinting, dressmaking, shibori dyeing, linocut printing, stencilling, quilting, needlework and jewellery making. 

Selected Research Projects


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

Groufsky, Jane, “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.

Groufsky, Jane, "A visit to TÜR Studio", Garland Magazine, Issue #9. First published 5 December 2017. http://garlandmag.com/article/a-visit-to-tur-studio/

Groufsky, Jane, “Threads of Inheritance: Areez Katki at Malcolm Smith Gallery”, The Pantograph Punch. First published 29 March 2019.