About Jane

Senior Collection Manager Jane Groufsky was also formerly Project Curator of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, a major new permanent exhibition of the people and stories of Auckland. Previous roles have focussed on applied arts and design, and Jane has strong research interests in textiles, fashion and decorative arts, and has published internationally, including contributing to the Ockham NZ Book Awards long-listed Crafting Aotearoa (Te Papa Press 2019). 

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.