Caches from the Homeland

CACHES from the Homeland








CACHES FROM THE HOMELAND (2001) mixed media 68x100cm
Price:$995

CACHES FROM THE HOMELAND gives an idea of the small treasured items that immigrants, such as two of my grandparents, brought from Europe over a hundred years ago. How were the items wrapped for the long sea voyage to Australia? And what was in them?

This piece explores the idea of private treasure, which may have been papers, jewellery, a photo, button-hook, heirloom needlework, seeds or tools. They might have been wrapped in silk, rags, or anything in between, depending on what was available in that final gathering-together before the voyage.

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CACHES FROM THE HOMELAND (Detail)

The piece was made by creating 'parcels' from hand-dyed fabrics ranging from worn-out trouser scraps to silks and lace. Oriental and vintage fabrics are used to create diverse cultural references. Each parcel has been wrapped and bound. The parcels were then hand-stitched together to create a richly-dimensional, beaded top surface for the quilt. The edge was left irregular to suggest parcels of different sizes bundled together.

Title: CACHES FROM THE HOMELAND
Size : 68 x 100cm Price:$995