Inside the Collection

Love Lace International Lace Award and Exhibition: an artist’s view

July 27, 2011

Anni Turnbull
A textile artist from the Cook Islands, Andrea Eimke has spent the last week installing her work in the Love Lace exhibition. With the title ‘Third Space II’ the work is made up of thirty five hanging panels of tapa (bark cloth), cotton gauze, interfacing, thread and soluble stabilizer.

Sketching the Museum

July 25, 2011

Erika Taylor
A special gem popped up in our google alerts this morning, we found out that the Museum had been visited by the Sydney Urbane Sketchers on the weekend! We contacted sketcher David Jack (you can check out his blog here) to find out a little bit more.

Cities Reborn

July 13, 2011

Charles Pickett
There's been some comment lately about the fact that for the first time, more than half of the human race lives in cities. At the same time, cities are being seen again in a generally positive light.

Evolution of a 1950s fashion model

July 6, 2011

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
Discovering the many aspects of one woman’s career was one of the most interesting aspects of my 20 day internship at the Powerhouse Museum. Under the supervision of Curator Anne-Marie Van de Ven I’ve just finished cataloguing the Janice Wakely modelling and photography archive.

Jenny Kee, Chanel, ‘Princess Di’ (and a passing reference to David Bowie)

July 1, 2011

Glynis Jones
Anyone who has read Jenny Kee's fascinating biography A Big Life Jenny Kee (Jenny Kee with Samantha Trenoweth, Penguin Group, 2006) will appreciate how apt the title is. From modelling as the face of Canadian Pacific Airlines and spending a memorable night with John Lennon during the Beatles Australian tour in 1964 to selling vintage Schiaparelli jackets to Mick Jagger at the Chelsea Antique market in London, surviving the Granville train disaster in 1977 and campaigning for the conservation of NSW old growth forests Jenny’s adventurous spirit and creativity has seen her involved in many of the key social movements and events of the last fifty years.