Gold is no longer the ground of financial stability. Objects are becoming less important than information or services in sustaining our sense of well being. What purpose might there be, then, to retaining objects-at such cost of human and material resources? Does the craftsperson have a role to play as a custodian of objects, particularly everyday items that contain private meanings?
Julie Blyfield spoke about the commissions she had to make works that memorialised loved ones. She related this back to the use of hair in Victorian memorial jewellery and advocated the important role of craft in servicing this emotion.
Christopher Menz discussed the history of the decorative arts collection in the Art Gallery of South Australia.