- 29 August 2018
Every Tuesday in September I’ll be giving a series of fashion lectures at Chatswood Chase Sydney. Come along and spend an hour, as we delve into the history and stories of those fashion items we obsess over.
It all starts on Tuesday 4 September with “Beyond the Little Black Dress”, a look at Chanel’s legacy and influences. On Tuesday 11 September it’s “Well heeled – shoes through time”, examining our love of shoes and their rise as symbols of power. From flats and the birth of the stiletto to trainers and Crocs. And why they don’t call them “killer heels” for nothing! On Tuesday 18 September it’s all about accessories, with “The Finishing Touch” – from the must-have handbags that had 5 year wait-lists, to the iconic sunnies worn by Jackie O and that lobster hat worn by Lady Gaga. The final talk on Tuesday 25 September is “Material Girl – Baubles, bangles & bling” – from the designs of Cartier to Art Deco, Bakelite and costume jewellery.
Join me each Tuesday in September at 11am at Chatswood Chase Sydney. The talks are free, but booking is essential. Head to the Chatswood Chase Sydney website What’s On page and look for the fashion ... Read more
- 1 August 2018
Excited! My solo exhibition OBSCURIOSITY is showing 8 – 25 August 2018 at Art Atrium, 181 Old South Head Rd Bondi Junction.
The exhibition opening is:
on Saturday 11 August 2018
2:30 – 4:30pm
at Art Atrium
181 Old South Head Rd
to be launched by Ron Ramsey
Executive Director of the Art Gallery Society of NSW
And the following week, there’ll be an
Artist in Conversation : Saturday 18 August at 2:30pm
at Art Atrium 181 Old South Head Rd Bondi Junction
Here’s what it’s all about
During the Renaissance, private collectors roamed the world in search of the exotic, the fantastic and the bizarre. They discovered natural wonders and scientific marvels and displayed their accumulated treasures. This microcosm of the curious was often known as a Wunderkammer, or a cabinet of curiosities.
There was a need to categorise and organise the collections. A desire to create order. These collections multiplied and turned into entire rooms of displays, which morphed into the concept of the modern museum.
Claudia Chan Shaw has been a collector since childhood. She gathers, displays and arranges objects that remind her of another time. She collects memories. Ephemera, toys and trinkets that each tell their own story.
She has created her own cabinet of curiosities, and photographs treasures ... Read more
- 12 January 2017
Welcome the Year of the Rooster and check out Lunar Lanterns this Chinese New Year. Twelve giant glowing lanterns representing the animals of the Chinese zodiac are on display at Circular Quay for 17 days as part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.
Start your lantern trek at the Sydney Opera House and say cock-a- doodle- doo to two enormous roosters created by Amigo & Amigo. Continue your journey and see the Sheep by Brad & Alex; then Fan Dongwang’s mighty Dragon. You’ll see Amigo & Amigo’s spectacular snake slithering its way under Circular Quay station.
Fancy a little glamour? Visit the showgirl rats dancing on a giant rainbow at Customs House. These elegant critters are by Guo Jian. Then you’ll see the cheeky 3 Wise Monkeys by Laurens Tan; a big red Dog by Brad & Alex; Tianli Zu’s magnificent Ox made from 749 glowing Mahjong tiles; Hu Ming’s happy Tiger; a multi coloured Horse chariot by Justin Qian; and Brad & Alex’s mother Pig with her piglets.
Finish your expedition at Dawes Point to see Claudia’s whimsical Rabbits practicing their Tai Chi, with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop.
And to celebrate all things Rooster, check out Tianli Zu’s ... Read more
- 12 January 2017
All dressed up and somewhere new to go! Looking fit and fabulous, Claudia Chan Shaw’s popular Rabbit lantern installation, the Tai Chi Bunnies are back for 2017. Created for the Lunar Lanterns exhibition at the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2016, the rabbits have new outfits and look splendid in their brightly coloured happi coats. They’re practicing their Tai Chi moves throughout the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2017. Try out your own bunny poses and catch them at Dawes Point against a backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
27 January – 12 February 2017.
- 12 January 2017
Main image Claudia, Spartacus and the Robots by Kate Beynon. Kate Beynon is represented by Sutton Gallery Melbourne and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Image courtesy of the artist.
It was such an honour to be painted for the 2016 Archibald Prize by the very talented Kate Beynon. It was even more exciting that the portrait Claudia, Spartacus and the Robots was selected as a finalist! Kate Beynon, who is a 6 time Archibald finalist, was a guest on Claudia’s tour China : Art Deco to Art Now. After a few cocktails in a swanky Shanghai bar, Kate asked Claudia to be her subject for the 2016 Archibald Prize. After another cocktail, it was a done deal!
When discussing her inspiration for the painting, Kate said ‘I was struck by Claudia’s distinctive style, knowledge and energy, and saw her as a contemporary art deco goddess.’
‘The trip was a source of inspiration, and I wanted to reflect on our shared mixed Chinese ancestry. The qipao Claudia wears connects with our Shanghai experience and my interest in mask imagery. When I sketched her in Sydney, I was intrigued by her extensive collection of vintage toys. I wanted to portray Claudia with Spartacus (her and her husband ... Read more