Press Release – Kitsch Australiana
BEARS, BOOMERANGS, BATHERS & BOOZE – KITSCH AUSTRALIANA
(Released 12 January 2011) Mulga wood ashtrays, shell houses, souvenir spoons, tea towels or a southern cross tattoo. We all have (or had) a secret collection of these fabulous, or not so fabulous, souvenirs of our travels throughout Australia. Lord Coconut is celebrating Australia Day 2012 with his own take on Kitsch Australiana with this exhibition. Local jewellers, designers and artisans were challenged to create jewellery or a display piece which represents their own view of kitsch Australiana.
Lauren Pitts says “Like a lot of Australians I grew up reading May Gibbs Gumnut babies. They taught me to have a well deserved respect for our flora and fauna and spark wonder and awe at the magic of their secret worlds. I hope my resin necklace pays adequate respect to both May Gibbs and our local flora”.
“The segments of salvaged lino from kitchen floors all over Australia which I make into iconic map of Australia brooches” says Liz Jones, “remind me no matter how far away from home I am, there is always a little piece of Australia close to my heart reminding me of the long hot summers at holiday shacks when I was a child”
As an outsider to the sport, Beth Croce states “The mark made off the back of a friend or foe strikes me as the pinnacle of aussie rules athleticism. My print highlights how both players contribute to the drama in this indigenous game”
The jewellers and artisans involved in the exhibition are: Justine Austen, Beth Croce, Tim Murray, Jo Grant, Liz Jones, Natasha DeSilva, Dianne Erdmanis, Lauren Pitt, a.l.i.Alexander and Andrew V Weatherill.
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 25 Melbourne jewellers, designers, and artisans.
Mark Boldiston and the 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 – 3pm and Sunday by appointment.
Lord Coconut is a successful recipient of the City of Melbourne Small Business Grants program.