Exhibition now open at Röhsska

Imagined Objects of Desire is now open at the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. The exhibition will run until the 4th December 2011 and there are more images of the exhibition posted in my news section.

Imagined Objects of Desire at Röhsska

On the 11th October Imagined Objects of Desire will open at Röhsska Museet in Gothenburg, Sweden.  The exhibition will run until the 4th December 2011 and there is also a collection of pieces available to purchase from the museum shop.

Imagined Objects of Desire – finished pieces

Here are all of the finished pieces and the original museum objects.  All photographs are by Sylvain Deleu.

Brooch. A type known as La Tene III. 1st cent. BC t 1st cent. AD, Ancaster.

Bronze necklace with gold stud. Saxon, 6th cent. AD, Broughton Lodge Cemetery.

Cinerary urn for cremated remains. 6th cent. AD, Kingston-on-Soar Cemetery.

Arch Fibula. This particular style was very popular in Italy and Sicily. L 9th to 8th cent. BC, Italy.

Hollow Cone. 'Half a lime acorn used as pendant/ornament often worn as charm against disease'. Roman, Margidunum.

Hook. Roman, Margidunum.

Mould for making a bowl. Roman, Lezoux in Central Gaul (France).

Antefix of a face from the neck of a jug. Roman, Margidunum.

Left to Right: Possible hairpin or toilet implement for mixing cosmetics. Hairpin with hand decoration. Roman, Margidunum.

Workshop participants’ final pieces

Currently on display in the museum is the work of all of the participants of the summer workshops.  Here are photographs that Matthew Andrews took of their work and statements written by the participants.

Sauce Cage pendant ‘Silver pendant inspired by Roman soldiers frying-pan and mortarium and portable food from a British Army ration pack 2010.’ Susan Roberts

Sauce Cage pendant ‘Silver pendant inspired by Roman soldiers frying-pan and mortarium and portable food from a British Army ration pack 2010.’ Susan Roberts

Afghan Boots ‘Boot prints of a Royal Engineer recently returned from Afghanistan. 2010.  Clay tiles inspired by Roman soldiers boot prints on tile from Margidunum and the tour of duty recently completed by my daughters fiancée in Afghanistan.’

Afghan Boots ‘Boot prints of a Royal Engineer recently returned from Afghanistan. 2010. Clay tiles inspired by Roman soldiers boot prints on tile from Margidunum and the tour of duty recently completed by my daughters fiancée in Afghanistan.’ Susan Roberts

Brass hare ‘Inspired by decoration on the Samian pottery mould from Lezoux in central Gaul. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese traditionally saw the hare as a symbol of life and hope’ Lesley Drury

Hidden Messages ‘Necklace, ring and brooch inspired by the Anglo-Saxon ivory ring used possibly as an opening for a sack or bag, found at Broughton Lodge. I have always been fascinated by what doesn’t remain and drawn to the broken and incomplete artefacts in the Museum’ Lesley Beale

Plaster hands with silver barbed charm bracelet and peacock ring displayed with a pottery plaque. ‘All of these artefacts influenced by actual archaeology also relate to my own personal archaeological quest for a missing granddad, airbrushed out of our family history and rediscovered, sadly posthumously, through archiving records and follow up clues. The pottery plaque has imprinted directional clues which I have worked in stains and waxes to resemble old leather. Some influence for this object came from the Greek funerary inscription in the Museum. The three silver charms on the bracelet relate to him. A walking stick he used, an anchor for the Cunard Line he worked for and a paint box which related to my mother’s last memory of him when he left the family in 1925. The plaster hands are linked in posthumous reconciliation for a missing part of my family history and a granddad I would like to have met.’ Gerry Henegan-Barr

Embroidered purse and pendant. ‘The designs were inspired by patterns on medieval tiles and Anglo Saxon jewellery. The shape of the silver pendant and clasp were inspired by the shapes if a large Spanish amphora in the Museum’ Sue Bailey

Silver brooch with textile and embroidery ‘My brooch has been inspired by two favourite pieces in the Museum; An Italian leech fibula and the Roman plant designs of a mould for making bowls from Lezoux in central Gaul.’ Andrea Heinlein

Two pendants and earrings ‘working from spiral forms inspired by the Italian Iron age Arch Fibula and Serpentine fibula. The Saxon cruciform brooch and the door hinge from Margidunum.’ Janet Martin

by Jed Brignal

Bramley apple pie crust tile with impressions of Nottingham Lace ‘Inspired by the Samian ware in the Museum and Richard Grainger’s lace talk.’ Sue Crawford

Embroidered bag ‘This is a useful bag to put things in! The embroidery was inspired by a 15th century tile on display in the Museum made at Keighton and found at Lenton Priory.’ Gillian Hashim

Brooch and necklace ‘Silver jewellery and padded taffeta brooch inspired by spearheads from the Middle Bronze Age found in Nottinghamshire.’ Julie Jackson

Ring, ring imprints and brooch ‘I took inspiration from both the Samian Ware motifs and the Flawborough lead tank. I was fascinated by the soft, gentle folds appearing in something so solid. After the ring was caste I used it to make imprints in clay. I decided to turn this into a brooch using both the ‘punch’ and the lost wax casting.’ Sharon Rick

Exhibition open

So, today is the first day the exhibition is open, showcasing both the pieces that I have made and the pieces made by the workshop participants over the summer.  Clare Pickersgill and I have been putting the exhibition up and on Wednesday Matthew Andrews, the museumaker photographer, came along and took some photographs,  many of which are included in this post.

Leaving the museum at night