Masters students Benjamin Farry and Zuzana Kristofova were chosen to participate in a collaborative project with Objectspace and award-winning designer Alan Deare. The objective was to design a silk scarf in celebration of Objectspace’s 12-year history of exhibitions and publications. It features select image reproductions of jewelry from 14 iconic contemporary NZ jewelry designers, including Warwick Freeman, Alan Preston, Fran Allison, Jane Dodd, Elena Gee, Karl Fritsch, Nadene Carr, Peter Deckers, Joanna Campbell, Lisa Walker, Becky Bliss, Mary Curtis, Neke Moa and Renee Bevan.
Objectspace Director Kim Paton presented the proposal for the collaboration during the inaugural MFA Fashion Sustainability seminar in January 2016. Students Benjamin and Zuzana sourced 100% sustainable and ethical silk, which was then printed with eco-friendly, water-soluble dye and made into scarves by a local manufacturer. The limited-edition scarves were launched at the Auckland Art Fair in May and are now available for sale on the Objectspace website for $190. Proceeds from sales support the major fundraising exhibition show_sell_shift on now at Objectspace until 2 July.