Inside the Collection

Metal craft

Meet the curator – Rebecca Evans

November 9, 2011

Anni Turnbull
What is your name? Rebecca Evans What is your speciality area? Isn’t specialisation code for ‘things I like best’? I have made and loved clothing and textiles for as long as I can remember.

History Week: Rice bowls – food, memory and tradition

September 8, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Memories and food are often wrapped up together, a well known example is that of Marcel Proust, his Aunt Léonie and her lime blossom madeleines. Rather than madeleines, Joungmee Do, a Korean-Australian artist, uses the concept of the rice bowl to explore her own personal memories and meanings associated with food and tableware, in the context of Korean culture and tradition.

Love Lace International Lace Award and Exhibition: creating the shadows

August 12, 2011

Anni Turnbull
When you walk through the Love Lace exhibition its apparent how important lighting is to the successful display of these works. The Museum electrician Peter Hermon says This was a unique exhibition to work on, we had more time to work on the lighting (and wiring) and the nature of the work was different, shadows were really important and the lighting needs more particular.

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.

Hair in Museums

April 28, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Why does hair appear in the most unlikely places? Like this man's shirt from the Cameroons. Or worked into this unique needle lace panel from the 1600s. That hair has been readily available as a material is one answer.

New Giles Bettison commission for the Powerhouse Museum

December 16, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
With the continuing generous support of ADFAS, Ku-ring-gai branch, the Powerhouse Museum has recently acquired what is undoubtedly the most striking glass vessel from Giles Bettison’s ‘Lace’ series.