Between one flower picked and the other given... by Thea Tolsma

Exhibition  /  11 May 2019  -  22 Jun 2019
Published: 07.05.2019

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For this three-way collection of metal flower-jewellery, Thea Tolsma was inspired by what she sees during the guiding tours she has been giving for years in the Rijksmuseum and the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.

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Patterns of seemingly floating flowers, on tapestries from the 15th century, led to a group of brooches that can be worn as a corsage: Tapestry. For Still Life, free after the painted flower-still-lives from the 17th century, Thea made necklaces out of two different flowers, choosing from the rose, tulip, carnation, lily and poppy. She also made pieces – Wreath – based on fragile Ancient wreaths of golden myrtle flowers, used as burial gifts. Myrtle symbolises prosperity and wealth. Each piece is titled after its symbolic meaning.