Author(s): Vivien Caughley
A unique glimpse into our cultural history, and particularly women's history, through more than 80 historic samplers - many specially photographed for the book.
Through exceptional first-hand research, involving travel around New Zealand and overseas, author Vivien Caughley has created a fascinating story that opens a window on our past, and the history and craft of needlework. It features samplers by colonial women through to those who stitched samplers during World War II. This beautifully produced book will appeal to needlework practitioners, artists and designers, academics, and genealogists. The reverse of the jacket features a design of one of the samplers with instructions.
VIVIEN CAUGHLEY is a researcher and writer, and is currently Honorary Research Associate at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Applied Arts and Design. She speaks regularly to interested groups about her research into New Zealand's textile culture and history, and was recently the key note speaker at the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (March 2013), where she spoke about her research into the Cook Map Samplers, and is scheduled to speak on the same topic at the American Museum, Bath in the UK in 2014. She has written a number of research papers and articles for publication. In production is a chapter on the King Family's Samplers for the 2014 Church History Bicentennial Project, and she has written articles for Mapping South, Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations (Gardner, A (ed) Melbourne), and History of Education Review (2009).