• Kirsty Lillico

Local luxury leather goods brand Yu Mei partners with Te Whanganui-a-Tara textile artist, Kirsty Lillico, to repurpose leather offcuts into new works for Threads Textile Festival. Yu Mei uses South Island-farmed Deer Nappa, a byproduct of the venison industry, for their range of handbags, wallets and small leather goods. Lillico is working to transform Yu Mei's production offcuts from the past four years into wall-mounted upholstered reliefs. The works will be on display at Yu Mei's Wellington retail Lounge at 85 Victoria Street for the duration of the festival.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Threads: Textiles Festival. With more than 15 free exhibitions and a roster of workshops, talks and tours at venues spanning Lower Hutt, Petone, Thorndon and the central city, Threads sheds new night on contemporary textile practices in Aotearoa and beyond. The festival will take place across Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington from 16-20 March 2022, read more here.

Opening Hours

  • Mon–Fri 10am–6pm
  • Sat 10am–5pm
  • Sun 11am–4pm


  • Yu Mei
  • 85 Victoria Street
  • Te Aro, Wellington