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Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor…

October 3, 2011

Last Thursday night I attended one of the hotest exhibitions in Brisbane!

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor was formally opened at Artisan by the 25th Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC to a good few hundred art, craft and design enthusiasts!

The exhibition celebrates 100 years of International Women’s Day and features 100 stories of great Australian women, with 100 brooches made in response to these stories by 100 of Australia’s most talented women jewellers. It is a premise that runs both deep and wide, is beautifully curated and presented with paired-back sophistication and clarity. The catalogue is a must buy as it not only provides a complete snapshot of the exhibition (with one page dedicated to each featured Australian woman and the jeweller responding to her life history and work), but is a valuable document and resource on this particular slice of Australian history. What an honour to be one of the jewellers invited to participate in this project. The works are as diverse as the women they honour and are absolutely divine! It’s impossible to pick one work that stands out over another, but if pushed, I have to say that I’m particularly enamoured with Brisbane-based jeweller, Barbara Heath’s response with her Ma Brown Peg.

The exhibition is set to tour for the next two years, so if you’re in Brisbane make sure you see it now while we are so lucky to have it here. If you love jewellery, history, craft and design, you will not want to miss this rare jewel (sorry, couldn’t help myself) in Brisbane’s exhibition crown…

Exhibition Details:

When: 30 September – 12 November, 2010

Where: Artisan

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