These objects, some of which are mysterious and opaque in their origins, have been given a new life and a wider audience by translating or transporting them from a box or drawer, into something that may be worn or displayed to invite a conversation. Adding to these objects with a sterling silver element is a contemplative action, allowing time to consider the origins and history of these pieces. Any work undertaken on these items is reversible, thus enabling them to return to their ‘natural’ state at some point.
These pieces were given to me by a member of the family I grew up next door to, who lived ‘over’ the fence. These pieces evoke a range of emotions about family and history as well as ‘over’: gratitude for wonderful and long-lasting relationships, sadness for people no longer with us, laughter at the odd things that we as humans collect and hold precious. I have connected the 5 items onto a central ring to hold them together and to represent their singular origin. Left to right | Fragment of a clay pigeon found on the beach at Limeburners Point, Geelong, VIC | Royal Women’s Hospital fundraising badge, possibly 1960’s | A beautifully formed shell collected from shared beach holidays on Phillip Island at Christmas time | A German porcelain Christmas pudding baby | A battered 10 cent piece. | In the Drawer | Photo: Michelle Bowden, Visuall