Pauleen and I were fortunate to attend the opening of the Banks Florilegium at the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library Gallery. It was a very illuminating opening with interesting speakers, delicious food and drinks and we were also able to meet the curator of the exhibition, Kirsten Thornton.
The exhibition features amazingly detailed prints of Australian flora, drawn under Joseph Banks direction on his voyage with Captain Cook. More details on the original drawings can be found here.
The original engravings for the prints are held by the British Museum. Only 100 limited editions of the prints, which took years to create, were available to buy. A set of these prints is held by the Deakin Library special collection.
Pauleen and I both agreed that the prints would be wonderful translated into stitch, especially the beautiful Capparis lucida.
This would be a great exhibition for viewing if you are coming to Geelong for our Embroiderer’s Guild Victoria Geelong Branch exhibition . Entry to Banks Florilegium is free and it is ideally sited in the Sally Walker Building at Deakin University’s waterfront campus.