So here’s the story! On Wednesday 14 June at 1pm, Sam Harvey will be bringing her famous dressmaker’s dummy to the Heath Robinson Museum to take part in our brand new “Rejuvenated Junk” exhibition that opens on 17 June.
Why the park parade for the dummy? Well, as Sam says, “It’s the greenest way to bring her to the museum!”
Sam believes recycling is vital for many reasons: “As a geography graduate of the early 80s I’m a proper greenie – and as a textile artist it’s also really important in my work, primarily for protecting the planet and to challenge my creativity and secondly for the aesthetic. I am very much looking forward to a local exhibition which tunes into this.”
As a textile and mixed media artist, Sam chooses materials for their contrast and contradiction, to create a result that she hopes will mean the viewer is drawn in for a double-take. She says “I work organically: constructing as a response to the materials I pick up.” Although the materials Sam sources in urban Pinner are perhaps “less exotic” than those she used to find in her native Australia, our local area is still “a mine of natural and man-made inspiration, with lots of bits and pieces which can be incorporated into my work.”
Ann Kopka, curator of the Rejuvenated Junk exhibition at the Museum, says “We are thrilled that Sam will be bringing her dressmaker’s dummy to the Rejuvenated Junk exhibition. Having the dummy ‘walking’ through the park to the Museum seemed to me such a fun idea – a brilliant way to promote our fun new Summer exhibition.”
Sam will be setting off through the Park from the Chapel Lane entrance from 1pm on 14 June. Our talented film-maker volunteer Beverly Peter will be filming the dummy’s parade for all our social media and everyone is welcome to follow the procession and join in the fun!