We recently had the pleasure of listening to Priscilla Lowry speak about her textile works, which were exhibited in the group show Written in Thread along with Ailie Snow and Priscilla Evans. Check out the video that was filmed by our Media Producer, Amelia Harris, below:
Priscilla Lowry trained as a Home Economics teacher, specialising in textiles and gained her BA from Auckland University majoring in Art History and Education. She was the owner and director of Gallery St John in Remuera which focused on hand worked silk, exhibiting everything from tiny exquisite items to wearable art. This period was followed by seventeen years in the UK where for six years she was the Director of the Schuster Gallery which specialized in illuminated manuscripts. During this time she obtained her MA in Medieval History from London University. This was followed by almost constant travelling in the UK and abroad, teaching and giving lectures and workshops on working with silk. Concurrently, she wrote two books published in the UK on the history of silk and a third book, The World of Silk on her return to NZ. For the last ten years she has been teaching Medieval History at Auckland University and has continued to give talks and workshops, and judge for major exhibitions of textiles. Her solo exhibition at Northart was entitled Silk: Deconstructed: Reconstructed which was followed by a shared exhibition with Joan Taylor in 2013 at the Depot Artspace, called Off the Wall, again focusing on silk in its many and diverse forms.