Sunday, May 1, 2011


Sandy Webster from the United States gave generously of her time and expertise at her recent workshop at Primrose, and the participants responded with the wonderful and personal works you will see below.

Brenda Livermore's collection box relates to time she has spent walking through the National Park, around the cliffs and on the beach at Bundeena, always collecting little treasures from the beach or bush along the way. Brenda says it was wonderful to create a space for these treasures to be together and reflect her emotional response to this area.

Chris Hutch's pair of boxes evokes memories of a special place where her family has spent some wonderful holidays. That place is Pretty Beach in the Murramurang National Park on the South Coast of New South Wales. The 'forest' box includes a print representing the dense spotted gum forest of Durras Mountain. The companion piece contains her beach treasures which represent my lifelong fascination with the ecology of rock platforms.

Diana Brandt's box is a response to her most recent trip to Bali which became a more profound inner journey than previous trips, taking her to places of self-healing and spiritual realization that she needed to document in her box of memories. In Bali, and particularly Ubud, she discovered a sense of freedom she does not experience anywhere else.

Jean Riley opted for a practical and craftsman-like approach and created a box to house her collection of beads, needles, threads and tapes which she uses in her handmade books. The box reflects her passion for this ancient craft.

Marie Waterhouse's 'treasure box' was constructed with compartments of different depths to fit precisely the objects she wished to house there and which she has collected in her walks along the beach or a bush track. These objects, which include animal bones, a bird's skull, dead leaves, empty seed pods and scribbly bark, reflect nature and its processes through the life cycle.

Sue Shaw's box was created to hold memorabilia from her family history, including a watch belonging to her grandfather, her uncle's drawing implements, a cup and saucer from one grandmother and pearls from the other. To finalize the collection, Sue added her own baby shoes and a Milly-Molly-Mandy book.

Valerie Rubel's box was built to house the symbols of memories, reminders of who and where and when, and to 'place' that which would otherwise remain hidden in drawers, cupboards, boxes, and pockets.

Here are three more creations by ...

Karen Vernon

Michele Skelton

Nui Boonyubol.

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