‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor’ exhibition

10 03 2014

I’m terribly disappointed. I was hoping to get to this exhibition personally, but haven’t been able to – a combination of work commitments, driving stamina failure, and the Morwell coal mine fire ruining my original plans.

The exhibition ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories‘ at the LaTrobe Gallery is the last showing of this long-touring exhibition supported by the Museum & Gallery Services of Queensland.

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Exhibition media: “This exhibition celebrates the 2011 centenary of International Women’s Day, and the old rhyme was a starting point for 100 of Australia’s finest women jewellers to make a brooch in response to the professional achievements of 100 Australian women in every field imaginable—from tinker to tailor, bishop to soldier, bullocky to lawyer.

I wanted to see this exhibition so much and read the stories behind the pieces – but I have settled (for now) with reading the education kit produced alongside the show. It has thumbnail images (understandably of low quality) of each piece and a little snippet of story for each woman.

It is a poor substitute I know, for how wonderful it would have been to see the 100 pieces together; to see their scale and texture and from different angles, and how they play off each other …

I’ve also ordered the exhibition catalogue and hopefully that’ll arrive soon.

Sigh, while it’s super fabulous that this exhibition has toured regional centers, I do wish it could have come to Melbourne.

For further reading:

  • an essay by Dorothy Erickson on Craft Australia website (with some more images)
  • and another essay by Kirsten Fitzpatrick also on Craft Australia
  • Ari Athan’s blog post about her brooch
  • Nicole Bannerman’s page about her brooch
  • Katherine Bowman’s blog post about her brooch
  • Melissa Cameron’s blog post about her brooch
  • Jess Dare’s page about her brooch
  • Anna Davern’s blog post about her brooch
  • a page including Carolyn Delzoppo’s brooch
  • Yuko Fujita’s blog post about her brooch
  • a story about Barbara Heath’s brooch
  • Sheridan Kennedy’s post about her brooch
  • Julie Kiefel’s blog post about her brooch
  • Peta Kruger’s blog post about her brooch
  • Christel van der Laan’s page about her brooch
  • Cinnamon Lee’s page about her brooch
  • Katheryn Leopoldseder’s blog post about her brooch
  • Coconut Lu’s blog post about her brooch
  • Sim Luttin’s blog post about her brooch
  • Jessica Morrison’s blog post about her brooch
  • Pheobe Porter’s page about her brooch
  • Elizabeth Shaw’s blog post about her brooch
  • Rebecca Ward’s page about her brooch

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor‘ is at La Trobe Regional Gallery until 6th April 2014.



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