From the Introduction by Liana Heath, CEO artisan…The seed for this exhibition was sown at Governor Ms Penelope Wensley, AC 2010 International Women’s Day (IWD) Reception. Her Excellency urged attendees to think of bright ideas to celebrate the forthcoming 2011 centenary of IWD and advocated that something extra-special was needed, something that would perhaps promote the history of this important day.
Inspired by the Governor’s’ remarks, artisan’s ambitious Tinker Taylor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories exhibition was born. Beginning with the old Tinker Tailor rhyme – which lists male-held occupations – artisan invited eminent jeweller and history-enthusiast, Dr Dorothy Erickson to select 100 Australian women with notable professional achievements. Evie Franzidis was then engaged to write a short biography for each of these incredible women, and artisan selected 100 of Australia’s finest women jewellers, ranging from emerging to established, to create a brooch inspired by one of these stories.
The jewellers’ brief was open to interpretation and the outcome was truly astonishing, with 100 brooches of every imaginable form, technique, and concept received. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor showcases a superb collection of contemporary jewellery that celebrates the brilliance and ingenuity of great Australian women. It generates pride for the milestones set by the women of the past and provides inspiration for the women of the future.