Exhibition Opening: 5:30pm - 7:30pm 20 January 2012
Exhibition: 20 January 2012 - 11 February 2012


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 sculpture which represents their own view of kitsch Australiana.


Exhibition pieces and their details



   The Mark 2012 Hand inked intaglio print Image – 15cm W x 22cm H Frame – 32cm W x 42cm H $330 framed/$240 unframed ‘The Mark’ is an exploration of the physicality that underlies the sport of Australian Rules Football. As an outsider to the sport, the mark made off the back of a friend or a foe strikes me as the pinnacle of this athleticism and a point of drama in the game. A pause, an opportunity for change. Both players contributing to this challenge to the laws of physics.



   I Still Call Australia Home brooches 2011 Vintage linoleum, buttons & nickel brooch clasp 9cm W x 8cm H (including Tassie) $66 each Segments of salvaged lino from kitchen floors all over Australia form the iconic map of Australia. A wearable momento of Australian domesticity…. and we didn’t forget Tassie.



   Captain Rook woodcut 2011 Woodcut and digital print on fine art paper. Woodcut – 20cm w x 28cm H Frame – 33cm W x 44cm H $185 framed The investigation of traditional and contemporary subject matter and printmaking techniques is part of the artists ongoing investigation into the impact European colonization has had on Australia and its inhabitants.



   Australian Mulga salt and pepper shakers 2012 Australian Mulga and salt & pepper mill parts 25cm H x 6.5cm D $360 (both) In the tradition of the early 50s Mulga souvenir highlighting the bright yellow sapwood and the dark brown heart wood this pair of salt and pepper mills bring a modern twist to the humble salt and pepper shakers of the 50s. The mulga was first selected for colour and grain then cut to reveal both sap and heart wood hand turned and finished in Shell Wax to a high polish.



   Emu Egg carvings 2012 Emu egg shell 15cm H x 8cm D plus stand $250 each The Australian craft of carving emu egg shells dates back to the mid 1850s a colonial tradition developed in Australia by immigrant silversmiths. Many were subsequently set in elaborate silver mounts. The emu egg is the only tri coloured egg in the world the outer layer is a green so dark it is almost black, removing that layer reveals a centre teal or light green section which is then polished, I use a scalpel to carve a line drawing style image of a Koala into the centre white layer. The egg is then mounted on a Red Gum stand creating a genuine piece of Australiana.



   Southern Star fabric sculptured bangle 2012 Buckram and Vintage fabric Outside diameter: 15cm X 4.5cm high Inside diameter (cuff): 7.5cm $550 This is a 3D Sculptured Bangle constructed from the inside out, using a buckram framework to form a geometric polyhedron shape and dressed in vintage Australiana fabric. This is both a functional and sculptural piece featuring protruding ‘fabric jewels’ and Australian native floral iconography on each flat surface of the bangle. The star shape is evocative of the Southern Cross Star Constellation with each of the five protruding points of the bangle representing one star.



   Bush Fairytale pendant 2011 Resin, fabric cord, oxidised copper, mixed media 24cm L x 12cm W x 2.5cm D $165 Like a lot of Australians I grew up reading may Gibbs’ Gumnut babies and other bush fairytales. They taught me to respect our flora and fauna and spark wonder and awe at the magic of their secret worlds. “Humans please be kind to all bush creatures and don’t pull flowers up by the roots” – May Gibbs. Words to live by.



   I’ve been everywhere man sculpture 2011 Recycled tourist spoons, recycled material, fringing 16cm W x 16cm H x 16cm H $425



   Green and Gold bangle 2011 Recycled yoghurt lid and gold 1cm W x 1.25cm H $330 “Green & Gold” is a very patriotic piece with colour representing Australia. It can be worn as a bangle with the green, or the green can be cut off to convert it into a pendant. The Australia shape is not overwhelming and it becomes a subtle souvenir (with room on the back for engraving).



   The Mighty Tigers ring 2011 Sterling silver, Glass & Enamel Ring size – P $396



  Tea Towel landscapes 2010 Vintage Tea Towels, Cotton, Felt Images – 8cm x 8cm approx. Frame – 25cm W x 25cm W $130 framed (each) These ‘Tea Towel Landscapes’ are constructed from vintage Australian tourist tea towels, collected from op shops around the Western District of Victoria. The composition is put together and machine embroidered with a felt backing to produce the finished piece. It is important the tea towels are ‘used’ to show the history of the item, which is up-cycled to represent a new version of Australiana.