Inside the Collection


How to make a nib – a story of gold rainbows and diamonds for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
I struck gold in the basement last week: 14 carat gold in the form of this delightful didactic display showing stages in making a fountain pen nib. Note the shape of the ‘breather hole’, which exposes ink to the air and helps it move smoothly towards the writing tip: a tiny heart.

Transylvanian blood-suckers

September 16, 2011

Geoff Barker
The objects discussed in this post are currently on display in the exhibition Design for Life, 26 September 2020–31 January 2021.   Last week I started work on a collection of objects relating the period of the Australian Gold Rush and one of the objects was a porcelain medical jar made by S.