Press Release – Dear Father
DEAR FATHER EXHIBITION
Exhibition dates: August 30 to September 17
Dear Father is a special exhibition curated by Lord Coconut, Melbourne’s newest handcrafted contemporary jewellery gallery and store.
The in-store exhibition is part of the 2011 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Look.Stop.Shop program. Look.Stop.Shop @ MSFW is a fascinating and experimental showcase of installations located in fashion-related retail window spaces and in-store displays.
The Dear Father exhibition is a historical exhibition of vintage postcards Lord Coconut sent to his father, whilst travelling on his grand tour between 1898 and 1911. During that time, Lord Coconut visited Canada, France, India, Japan, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.
Each jeweller, as part of the exhibition, was randomly given one of these postcards and asked to produce a small gift that Lord Coconut may have sent back to his father which reflects the postcard’s origin.
The jewellers involved are: a.l.i.Alexander, Emma Bulpit, Beth Croce, Tamara Hain (My Friend Romeo), Vikki Kassioras, Deeana Michela, Kath O’Neil, David Parker, and Justin Siow.
Deeana Michela, creating the small gift based upon Lord Coconut’s travels within America says “being able to create something so personal, which reflects Lord Coconut’s love for his father so long ago, has reminded me how enduring a child’s love for their father can be. I can only hope that what I write to my own father, using all of my electronic gadgetry, lasts as long as these postcards”.
David Parker says “the recent cold weather has certainly helped in creating my small sculpture that represents the Arctic region of Canada. Sometimes it feels as though Lord Coconut has sent the arctic weather back to his father”.
Justin Siow, on answering the question why the cicada absinthe spoon exclaimed “after the fifth glass of absinth, all in the name of research, the fabled green fairy started to look more and more like a cicada”
The Exhibition is on from Tuesday 30th August until Saturday 17th September. There will be an opening event running from 3 to 5pm on Saturday 3rd September.
Lord Coconut, the store, can be found on Level 4, Carlow House 289 Flinders Lane. This hidden treasure is the only retail store in Melbourne specialising in handcrafted contemporary jewellery, cufflinks, and art for men. The store features works by over 20 Melbourne jewellers, designers, and artisans.
Mark Boldiston and the various designers/jewellers involved in the exhibition are available for interviews. The store and exhibition pieces are also available for photo shoots upon request.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 3p and Sunday by appointment.
Lord Coconut is a successful recipient of the City of Melbourne Small Business Grants program.