For Autumn Winter 2019 Kate Sylvester pays homage to Frances Hodgkins, painter and pioneer. Celebrated in both New Zealand and abroad, Frances was highly contemporary and innovative, inspired by the new with a constantly evolving style.
A woman of firsts, Frances was the first New Zealander to have her work hung ‘on the line’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, the first woman to teach at the prestigious Colarossi academy in Paris and she was chosen to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale.
Frances was experimental, influential and thoroughly modern.
Kate Sylvester was given the opportunity to develop some of Frances’s textile prints by Te Papa Tongarewa. Inspired by Hodgkins’ career and her artistic evolution, Kate reinterprets the prints into a contemporary context for the modern audience, staying true to the spirit of Frances.
The resulting collection is a riot of print and colour with these four sophisticated, energetic prints at its centre.