Blanche Tilden
Grand Palais (necklace) 2014
borosilicate glass and oxidised 925 silver
Collection of Margaret Hancock Davis
Photographer: Grant Hancock
© Blanche Tilden

Blanche Tilden
Grand Palais (necklace) 2014
borosilicate glass and oxidised 925 silver
Collection of Margaret Hancock Davis
Photographer: Grant Hancock
© Blanche Tilden


Blanche Tilden—ripple effect: a 25 year survey (coming soon)

Victorian and Australian Curriculum levels 9 to 10—The Arts (Visual arts) and VCE Studio Arts Unit 3, Outcome 3


This 25 year survey of the work of Melbourne-based jeweller and maker Blanche Tilden will reveal her remarkable and critically acclaimed practice. Tilden has a unique approach to her materials, in particular, glass, which she explores both as a material for jewellery making and deploys as a metaphor for the connections between making, industry, the wearable object and the body. Her fascination with mechanical devices, fuelled by a desire to understand how things work, continually inspires her work.

This first comprehensive survey of Tilden’s career will include historical and contemporary works loaned from numerous public and private collections. Tilden will reinterpret previous work to create new forms that expand on her preoccupations with value, mechanical movement, and industrial and architectural uses of glass, translating something of the macro immensity of the built and material world to the intimacy of the jewellery object.

The Blanche Tilden—ripple effect: a 25 year survey resource will include focus questions and making activities to assist students in considering the ideas and themes presented in this exhibition—exploring concepts of art and design.