London Oxford Jewel sterling silver representing Oxford and London with a crown, skull crossed bones lilac and a jewel cast into silver. Rather than lace in the original idea drawing, I used a piece of crochet I found in an opshop in Bendigo. I cut and manipulated the original daggy cotton doily into the shapes I wanted, then cast them into silver. The full pendant/brooch is connected with bolt rings so that it can be worn in parts. POFE 2012/13 1A .
Mitford Charms gilt charm bracelet, with charms representing each of the sisters, the beautiful one, Diana Mitford, the horse mad one who also loved food Pamela Mitford, the lady writer who also loved clothes Nancy Mitford, the nazi, who attempted suicide with a little gun the day Germany declared war on Britain Unity Mitford, the communist who wrote about the American funeral business Jessica Mitford, and the one who became a duchess Deborah Debo Mitford.
(Now I wear the bracelet I have made the swastika into a flower)
Pompeii Wisdom necklace based on the kitchen mosaic of Axel Munthe’s Villa San Michele in Capri a copy of a mosaic of a skeleton holding 2 jugs (wine and water) from Pompeii and said to represent Carpe Diem. POFE2012/13PW1
Polystyrene beads and whittled polystyrene threaded on natural silk.
On the Foreign Excursion my mother's lovely friend Sylvia (who makes fabulous pots) was talking about polystyrene and said "polystyrene should be illegal", this is what I envisioned, like pearls but indestructible.
Surrounding Streets - Paris
Paris bangle - papier mache made from tourist maps.
Ashmolean octopus cufflinks sterling silver cast cufflinks based on a vase in the Ashmolean Museum POFE2012/13AOC
Pericolo di Morte cufflinks sterling silver cast cufflinks based on a warning sign at the Naples port. POFE2012/13PDM
A locked door and a broken heart are not forever key pendant sterling silver cast with the saying. POFE2012/13ALDAABH1
I decided to have a closing as well.
The exibition was at MAILBOX141, 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 17 March - April 19 2013
Then Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence St, Sydney. May 16-28 2013.
Harold Mitchell AC was kind enough to open the exhibition for me. There was crostoli and champagne - which would be my last meal if I had to choose.
Quote from the pamphlet
Melbourne has many small museums. The Australasian College of Surgeons' museum has old surgical instruments and masks taken from wounded soldiers; there is an ANZ Banking Museum with examples of not only money but also guns used to protect money; there is a Fire Services Museum and a Victoria Police Museum a Telstra museum of old phones and of course there was the Melbourne Museum of Printing.
I am fascinated by museums big and small so I was thrilled to have a (temporary) museum of my own. The collection for this museum was inspired by a trip to Europe in 2012. I tried to capture some of the experiences in permanent pieces that celebrate and continue the journey. All the pieces were related to the trip, from the more obvious like the bangles made from ephemera from the excursion, to the London Oxford Jewel which is based on what I saw in London and Oxford. I went to Kew Gardens and saw ducks in flight, in Paris I saw ducks standing around. All the pieces are displayed on photos that I took of clouds during the 'excursion'