The exhibition Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor 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.
And yes I was one of the lucky ones invited to be apart of this exciting show.....My great Australian was Quinton Bryce...and yes I did feel the pressure she is very gutsy!!
Fine silver, sterling silver, 24ct gold and glass enamel, 2011.
When researching QuintonBryce I was overwhelmed by her countless personal academic and political achievements. From lecturing at T.C. Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland to becoming the Governor General of Australia. Her 43year career to date has been full of many challenging and powerful roles. All of which at a closer inspection have been to better the conditions for others and in particular women and children. It is this focus that I found my inspiration to make the brooch.
I chose the form of a flower to represent the fragility and beauty of those she strives for. Each fine silver petal in this form represents a year in her career.
To depict her journey I have used the colours of International Women’s Day, through the use of glass enamel I have applied these colours with a painterly approach.
Through white, purple and green, I have told her story.
I usually don't include many making shots but when I found myself in this situation I thought it should be documented. For a piece that looks so organic i planned every detail. You can see Quinton's career timeline and my colour coding. Phew....
Artisan 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD until the 12 November 2011