Museums & Galleries Qld

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor opens at the JamFactory, Adelaide

Posted on: 7 March 2012

  Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor!

The largest jewellery exhibition ever seen in Australia

The exhibition, Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories, is from an old rhyme that little girls would chant to predict the profession of their future spouse. Not in their wildest dreams could they have imagined that all the professions listed would one day be open to women.

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.

Dr Dorothy Erickson, eminent jeweller and history-enthusiast, selected 100 Australian women with notable professional achievements. Evie Franzidis, writer and researcher, wrote a short biography about each of these women, and Kirsten Fitzpatrick, exhibition curator, selected 100 jewellers and matched each with one of the 100 fantastic stories.

“The brooches are as diverse and individual as their makers. Collectively, they offer a glimpse of the infinite creative talents of Australian jewellers” says Curator, Kirsten Fitzpatrick. “They cover the spectrum of contemporary Australian jewellery from highly experimental brooches made from materials including old tram tickets, vinyl records and plastic McDonalds spoons, to the more traditional fashioned from precious metals and gems.”

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor is sponsored by Grain Furniture, who custom built 10 display cabinets for the exhibition. The cabinets are painted pastel green and purple, inspired by the suffragettes. Richard Sachs, Director of Grain Furniture, felt a personal connection to the project, as his godmother Pamela Brown was an inspiring woman and one of Brisbane’s pioneering interior designers.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor is an artisan travelling exhibition, toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. The exhibition will tour Australia until early 2014.


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