Making ‘Earring for Giovanna’

4 03 2011

I have thoroughly enjoyed making ‘Earring for Giovanna‘ for the Part B Lend me Your Ears‘ exhibition at Mailbox 141 (throughout March 2011).

When I was asked to be part of it, I didn’t have a lot of time for ideas or making … perhaps five or so weeks. This worked out well for me actually, because it meant I didn’t over-think it.

The initial description I received from Part B people was: “following a format that (curator) Dianne has used before successfully, so we’re asking for you to produce (or co-opt) a postcard and also make an earring (or two) for display in these tiny little spaces. Each artist will get a single mailbox in which to insert their postcard and piece(s)“.

Immediately I thought of the postcards I bought when I was travelling in Spain last May. The one of Giovanna was the most appealing to me.

postcard from Spain

Surprising, the design came very quickly – the first drawing in fact was the right one.

detail of design; not to be reproduced without permission

The shape of the blackened silver back-piece, and the red donut-shaped front-piece, references the button and loop on her arm sleeve. The woven component is something I just love doing, and it made sense to me as it referenced the fabric and colouring of her garments.

Earring for Giovanna; on postcard; image not to be reproduced without permission

More making ahoy …



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