Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Exhibition Part 5 - Special Exhibit

We were very honoured to have this special project incorporating fabric, paper and other items from Wafu Works as part of our 10th anniversary exhibition. Emily Doi did this project when she was in grade six at Princes Street Primary School in 2009. It's in the form of the album of a Japanese war bride who moves to Australia  with her serviceman husband whom she met during the occupation.  She made her war bride a seamstress and  used items such as old needles and thread  from the shop in her album.
Emily entered her project in the 2009 Australian National History Challenge where she not only won the overall state and national awards for the grade 5/6 age group but also  the state and national awards in the 'Asia and Australia' and 'Museum Display Model' categories. Emily was named Tasmanian Young Historian  of 2009 and the album  was displayed for some time at the Australian National Museum in Canberra.

This final photo shows the beautiful piece of meisen kimono silk which Emily used to cover the album.  It was an extraordinary achievement and I'm very grateful to Emily for letting us display it as part of our exhibition.

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