Inside the Collection


Bernard Sahm (1926-2011)

March 14, 2011

Paul Donnelly
Bernard Sahm was a greatly respected potter whose work is represented in all the major galleries of Australia. He trained and practiced as an industrial draughtsman which gave him skills he was to use in his distinctive ceramic output that frequently included drawn and applied detail.

Faded glory or historically charming?

January 11, 2011

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
The assigned value and significance of objects is in a state of perpetual flux. Evolving digital technologies (like the potential to create high resolution scans from original negative and positive formats and distribute these over the web) contributes to, engages with and draws attention to this constant process of change.

Dahl and Geoffrey Collings and Moholy- Nagy

January 4, 2011

Anni Turnbull
This is the third our series based on the cataloguing of 2007/30/1, the archive of Dahl and Geoffrey Collings, specifically on the Christmas and New Year’s cards sent to them by family, friends and professional colleagues.

Fastenings: The Australian Dress Register

December 7, 2010

Erika Taylor
There’s more history in a button than you’d think. As a volunteer helping with the Australian Dress Register, I compiled information on the history of fastenings as a resources sheet for the Register’s website.

World AIDS Day 1st December 2010 and the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt

December 1, 2010

Anni Turnbull
First diagnosed in 1981, HIV/AIDS is the major infectious epidemic of the late 20th century. Community and government organisations have educated on the disease and its transmission. The idea for the first AIDS Quilt was conceived in the United States of America in San Francisco in 1987.

Barbie and Ken Fly Qantas

November 29, 2010

Geoff Barker
John Willmott Potts joined the catering section Qantas in 1964 and served in a number of postings in Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and the Cocos Islands. In 1974 he was posted in Darwin when cyclone Tracy hit and after this he returned to Sydney and completed his Flight Steward training.

Fashionable patchworks

October 27, 2010

Rebecca Evans
If you thought patchworks were just for Nannas, think again! The recent Erdem collection at London Fashion Week employed the use of beautiful patchwork-like prints and was received with praise by many fashion journalists and bloggers.

Vale Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010)

October 15, 2010

Michael Lee
The passing of the great Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland this week was a very sad event and her influence on Australian musical culture will be sorely missed. However, she also left a great legacy for those that had the privilege to know her and train and perform with her.

An Ellis Rowan Mystery

October 13, 2010

Lynne McNairn
This beautiful painting has been in our collection since the 1920’s. It is one of a collection of paintings by the well known botanical artist Ellis Rowan. A lot can happen to an object in 90 years.  The Museum has moved from the old Technical College Building to the current Powerhouse site, storage systems move and change, conservation treatment is undertaken, paintings may be framed for exhibition and then remounted for storage.

Fabric designer- Georgia Chapman, Vixen

September 20, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
What is “The Vixen Look”? In this post, we feature a video interview with Georgia Chapman, fashion and textile designer (including screen printed and digital textiles) and owner of Vixen Australia.

Design underground #3- Bootilicious!

August 12, 2010

Rebecca Bower
The Bootilicious behind-the-scenes tour revealed stories of everyday, famous and infamous Australians through looking at what they wore on their feet. On Monday August 9, as part of the events, talks and tours program for Sydney Design 2010, I teased out some of the more unusual background stories in an extended tour for a group of 11 footwear enthusiasts.

Benini and Fashion at the Foro Italico

August 9, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
When the large crate containing the Bruno Benini archive arrived in the basement last year, it was opened with as much anticipation as if we were opening a treasure trove! In it were photographs Bruno captured of another world, a world where everything was beautiful, albeit in different ways - elegant and sophisticated to gritty and decaying.