Costume during from the eighteenth through to the first decade of the 20th century fulfilled a function way beyond just utility. It was all about enhancing its wearer’s natural attributes.
If you added an artificial attraction such as jewellery to highlight a generous décolletage and combined it with a fragrance, you heightened that perception.
The source of inspiration for subjects for beautiful jewellery in England, Europe and America came out of their designers embracing an interest in the classical age and historical design.
Designed in the so called garland style popular during the English Edwardian era (1901 – 1914), Rutherford of Melbourne will offer a stunning necklace as a centrepiece for its exquisite array of fine antique love jewellery at the AA&ADA 2015 Sydney Antiques Fair 9 – 13 September.
James Docking of Rutherford in Melbourne, known for their rare and unique jewellery, pearls and antique silver explains
‘… an impressive necklace of this quality does not come on to the market very often in Australia… it is quite a rare piece’.
Still showcased in its original box adding to the piece’s desirability, this gorgeous rare diamond and seed pearl necklace originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It is made in platinum and features a detachable double bow that can be worn as a pendant.
Symbolic also of the firm of Rutherford, whose expertise in jewellery antique and modern is much admired, the necklace’s design was inspired by a revival of interest in ancient Greece and Rome’s halcyon days. This was when motifs such as swags, tassels, wreaths, bows and sprays of flowers appeared on architecture and sculpture.
This stunning necklace would certainly prove a panacea for all ills, especially when adorning its wearer. Dancing with the Stars co-host Edwina Bartholomew must have thought so recently wearing it on the morning Sunrise program for Channel Seven.
Clear stones like diamonds symbolized elegance while pearls evoked ideas of innocence and integrity.
Set into motifs of the halcyon days transposed during the Edwardian age into the styles of neck ornaments in high vogue, they echo the meaningful sentiment expressed in the Song of Songs…
…You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride, you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace…*
Combined in a delicate gold setting in the age of elegance jewellery created with pearls and diamonds is a reminder today that by the first century jewellery from all around the Mediterranean overflowed with symbolism.
In Melbourne the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a powerful and endearing community hub; an important aspect of community resilience and empowerment. At the moment they are kicking many goals by encouraging everyone to have fun with art and enjoy the experience by creating something beautiful.
Giving a child an enjoyable focus at all stages of their development is important, and with an artist by their side they discover the joy of learning and exploring.
From toddlers to teens, from twenty to ninety, drawing, listening, looking and making activities are a major tool for thought, creativity and cultural engagement.
They can inspired by different areas of the NGV Collection and the many and diverse stunning temporary exhibitions from their own, or fabulous international collections
At the moment at the NGV International on St Kilda Road, a major focus for activities is the historical powerhouse of the artistic legacy of Catherine the Great from Russia. Meanwhile The Horse charts its journey as a companion of man through history, and both of these are attracting and pleasing crowds.
Up the road at NGV Australia in the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Nordic Cool is considerably laid back and suits the committed modernists. And then there is the promise of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei arriving soon, which will be sure to inspire exciting pop up art summer programs.
Before that however, this Spring there will be an added cultural bonus
A wonderful exhibition that respects the uniqueness of our Australian identity.
Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids will be starting on 19 September and running through two school holidays until April 16, 2016 at NGV Australia, Fed Square. This show is all about celebrating 25 years of the Arrernte people creating in community.
The Hermannsburg Potters of the Northern Territory will offer a fabulous display of their extraordinary expressive ceramic achievements, revealing how they have helped their community to ‘…reassert their links with their country and tradition’*.
Melbourne visitors and locals will discover an endearing aspect of our indigenous communities art and culture, with the NGV commissioning some twenty AFL-themed Hermannsburg pots depicting iconic moments for Aboriginal players in the AFL.
They are sure to delight everyone in Melbourne, both players and visitors alike.
Each of the AFL teams are depicted, with some of the most historic scenes from Aussie Rules football featuring Indigenous Australian players such as Cyril Rioli, Adam Goodes, Nicky Winmar and Michael Long. They highlight the importance of the game for all Australians, helping to create a dialogue with the community through one of its endearing traditions and passions.
Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, said, “Art and sport are celebrated markers of Australian culture. This exhibition brings two worlds together and shows the role creativity plays in starting conversations, forging connections and telling stories to audiences of all ages.”
I’m not usually a white wearing kind of chick, I always find myself on the dark side of fashion.
So why am I gravitating towards my more angelic angle?
As we start to move out of the bleakness of winter and a little sunshine sprinkles it’s way into our lives.
Darker hues and heavier fabrics will be pushed aside for more ethereal pieces.
It’s just seems to be a natural progression, or is there more to it?
I don’t think we ever need to over-analyze our sartorial choices, sometimes its just a matter of being attracted to a certain style.
As I have mentioned before, the Boho look has …
Many people will look forward to the telemovie about the story of the talented award winning Australian singer-songwriter and cabaret performer Peter Allen (Woolnough) (1944-1992). Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door is a two episode mini series and will screen on Australian television station Channel Seven starting 13 September 2015. It features highly regarded NIDA graduate Joel Jackson, a young entertainer all Australians can feel pride for.
Ky Baldwin will play the young Peter Allen, who grew up in the countryside of Tenterfield in northern NSW and dreamed of so much more. He had a great advocate in his mother Marion who will be played by well known actress Rebecca Gibney. Studying at NIDA following an adventure overseas, Joel Jackson is the right man for the role, having himself grown up in a rural atmosphere in North Western Australia where he dreamed of being a rock star and did become 2010 Young Australian of the Year. Lucy Honigman will play Carole Bayer Sager one of the quartet including Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen, who co-wrote the Academy Award winning Arthur’s Theme (1981).
After an initial success in a popular duo the Allen Bros in Australia, Peter Allen went off on a great adventure, leaving his sunburned country behind to sing up a storm in America. From the Big Apple to the west coast many people admired his prodigious talent and most especially his joie de vivre.
They gave him a rousing reception when he arrived with the late great Judy Garland known to successive generations through her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, gave him a boost no Australian before him had enjoyed. Veteran Australian actress Sigrid Thornton will feature as Judy Garland and Sara West as Liza Minelli, Judy’s daughter.
Appearing on stage with Garland was the starting point for what would become his brilliant, but brief singing career, sadly losing his life aged 48, having not only made it memorable through his music for all those who admired him, but also for Australian expatriates’ longing for home.
Peter Allen’s wonderful anthem of patriotism and nostalgia, I Still Call Australia Home touched all hearts from ‘New York to Rio and old London town’ when Qantas took it on from 1997 – 2004, featuring it in their commercials all around the world. It became his signature song.
When Peter Allen performed I Go to Rio in his red and white Hawaiian shirt with Latin American maracas in hand, it was a good excuse for everyone to get up and dance. The music Peter Allen wrote was endearing, whether it was upbeat or soulful. It was no surprise when, after his tragic and early passing that Peter Allen’s life story became a hit on the Broadway stage with Hollywood A list’s Australian actor-singer-dancer Hugh Jackman playing the Boy from Oz. Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door a two part mini series on Channel 7, 13 September, 2015.
Cutting a fine figure, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is on the hunt for a visible incorporeal spirit one of a terrifying nature; the criminal organisation, Spectre
Rutherford of Melbourne offers superb antique jewellery, antique silver, contemporary jewellery and pearls to suit your pocketbook, design and style preferences
Score a goal, visit the National Gallery of Victoria soon to meet and see the art of the Hermannsburg Potters and join the fun events for kids, teens and adults
The legacy of Catherine the Great (1729-1796) is celebrated and reflected in the Masterpieces from The Hermitage now on show at the National Gallery of Victoria
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York uniquely captures cultural achievement, showcasing master art works as a reflection of human evolution antiquity - today