Into the box

We have been inspired by the intriguing shadow boxes of the American artist, Joseph Cornell and, at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk by the wonderful collection of gypsy wagons.

During the course we have found out how different artists collect and gather material and how their work is influenced by museum collections.  We have drawn and photographed the gypsy wagons and learnt about their life on the road.  We have made ‘leporello’ books to record our ideas through collage and drawing.  We spent three sessions and time in between at home, making our own shadow boxes.  In these boxes we were able to tell our story through the objects that we selected to put in them.  We found our own connections to the travellers objects and way of life and so these finished boxes contain a piece of us, a connection to the museum we worked in and a nod to the great Joseph Cornell who captured all of our imaginations.

These three boxes are all by Trisha. 

2of3 box second

Mixed media by Trisha

box 3 of 3 copy

mixed media by Trisha

In This Box……….
In this box, the bottle top stars are contained within the deep blue, like the universe.
Within a natural net of shiny conflict and busy plastic, a gypsy wagon is on its journey, tranquil, peaceful and calm.
But what’s inside?
And what is disguised within the layered words, celestial leaves, and cluttered twigs of this box?
Fallen autumn leaves on their journey to become the dust of the earth.

1of 3 box

mixed media by Patricia Lockwood

melissas box copy

Mixed media by Melissa Williams

jos box copy

Mixed media by J Rooks

janes box1

mixed media by JCK

johns box

the outside of a mixed media box by John

johns box open 2 copy

The doors opened to reveal the inside of John’s box

lizs box 1 copy

mixed media by Liz Warne

These boxes are all on display in the Community Cabinet at Abbott’s Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk.


The boxes exhibited in the Community Cabinet in Abbott’s Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk

About Juliet Lockhart

Juliet Lockhart is an artist, educator and writer working predominately in fabric, paper and with found objects. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Literature and Creative Writing. The focus of her work is story. She is interested in folk and fairy tales, the stories hidden beneath our landscape entwined with personal memory, history and happenings and the stories that shape us into who we are. She is the founder and artistic director of a Suffolk charity, Lockarts. Lockarts uses the power of the creative process to make a real difference to people’s lives in Suffolk; inspiring and empowering them to explore, develop and grow. To find out more about the work of the charity click here:
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