Last December my daughters and myself had been invited to create items for the Johnston Collection Christmas Tales exhibition http://www.johnstoncollection.org/ which began on the 7th November.
Tours of works, created by the Mornington Peninsula Artists, Guilds, and our family group will continue to the 28th February 2014.
William Johnston was a collector of fine arts and beautiful objects and traveled around the world for items which appealed to him. Our work is focused upon his travels through Northern Africa, Egypt and India.
The room selected for us was the Green Room.
The link has a slide show of the room decorated by previous groups. There are further links under the Header for more information about William Johnston and his collection.
We were asked to take inspiration from items in the collection, using any medium.
DD1 designed a panel from various watercolors of carriages, bearers, dancers etc., Some of us embroidered figures which were added to cushions and a long bolster.
DD 1 and 3 created porcelain angels, Magi and hand made lamp-work beads. DD2 worked her magic for putting together creatively, anything needing to be completed with her sewing machine.
For the Christmas tree we made Tassels, Beaded decorations, paper-clay pipes, boots, postcards, dough snowflakes and wet-felted and embellished Christmas baubles.
Anyone who visits a Johnston exhibition would never be disappointed. There are several exhibitions each year.
The finished bolster. Mostly stitched with a single DMC or similar thread.
Close up .
Some of our Christmas decorations
Paper clay pipes
Beaded decorations. This is the reverse side. Our hand made lampwork beads were strung to hold the decorations.
The decorations were made on a loom and approximately 5,000 beads were needed for each.
Various fronts of the decorations.
Gold painted Dough decorations
Hand made stamps inspired from items in the Johnston Collection. The stamps were impressed into the dough.
The large postcard is of William Johnston in his garden.