“Homage” is an installation utilizing a rescued and very weather beaten old dolls house. It references the old timey homes that once populated our inner northern suburbs. Old floor coverings like lino and rosy carpet. Chippy painted walls with peeling wallpaper. Remnants of that dated house decor that is only just surviving the gentrification of suburbs like Northcote, Thornbury and Preston. Each room in the house will have hand crafted mementos in situ. These items will be recreated artifacts that were proudly displayed on our Nana's mantelpiece and on the walls of the good room. Flying ducks, Crucifixes, Souvenir spoon racks, kitsch Australiana, and more. It will be a homage to what we are slowly loosing in our architecturally designed streetscapes.
Home is where the craft is; craft is where the home is.....or was. Our Nana and Pa's homes where often a shrine to craft and the handmade. I have coined my own phrase "grandpa craft" which describes the whimsical, naive and totally made with love artifacts that emerged from Grandpa's shed back in the day and took pride of place in the home. Poker work spoon racks in the shape of Australia, matchstick dinner trays, tyre swan planters and all manner of quirky hobby crafted knick-knacks. I don't even need to mention Nana and her creations. Crocheted covered coat hangers, dolly toilet roll covers and embroidered pinnies. All these were crafted in the home, homes we are sadly losing as the wrecking ball swings busily in our neighborhoods and the bull dozers continue to demolish “old lady houses” that aren't slick and trendy or neat and tidy.