MUMA Talks: Kate Daw and Peg Fraser

Date: Saturday 16 June 2012
Time: 12.30 – 1.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Monash University Museum of Art

Social history and needlepoint

Artist Kate Daw and Public Historian Peg Fraser will tease out ideas around ‘the subversive stitch’ and discuss the social and cultural history of needlepoint in relation to the MUMA exhibition Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion.

Kate Daw is a Melbourne-based artist and teacher who, since 1992, has exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally. Her practice explores issues of authorship, narrative and creative processes; moving between the domestic and the social, the everyday and the imagined. Her work, which has incorporated embroidery, painting, film, ceramic texts and silkscreen prints, is created within a context of broader cultural and social experience. Her most recent exhibitions have included at ACCA, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Sarah Scout, together with a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2006. Kate Daw is represented by Sarah Scout, Melbourne.

Peg Fraser is a professional historian with a background in material culture, exhibition development and oral history, but her first love has always been textiles. Her Master’s thesis examined 19th-century schoolgirl needlework and was the first study of Australian samplers as documents of social history. She curated the travelling exhibition Indigo: the blue and white embroideries of Sichuan for the Gold Museum in Ballarat and Practice Makes Perfect, an exhibition of Australian samplers at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.  Peg has also worked on many exhibitions for Museum Victoria, where she is a Research Associate, addressing such diverse topics as Japanese kimono, migrant textile workers, West African art, numismatics and British child migrants. She continues to work as a freelance curator as she completes her PhD in history at Monash, and was the 2011 holder of the 1854 scholarship at Museum Victoria.