General Assembly is an ongoing collaborative jewellery project conceived, designed and made by Phoebe Porter and Blanche Tilden, aka
Studio Hacienda. The project invites the public to participate by selecting from pre-fabricated parts to create their own souvenir brooch.

General Assembly was first staged in March 2007 at as part of Solutions for Better Living curated by Kate Rhodes at Craft Victoria. Since then, Porter and Tilden have held a number of General Assembly events in both Melbourne and Canberra.

In 2008 General Assembly was awarded a Victorian Premier’s Design Mark in the category of self initiated, handmade objects. The judges made the following comments:
“General Assembly highlighted important concerns within contemporary design practice with both practical and conceptual outcomes. The interrogation of the local, the importance of social networks, the interactive customisation and the adding of value through the application of a good idea are all elements that make this project intriguing and outstanding.”

Read a review of the project by Merryn Gates


General Assembly – Melbourne brooches 2007

Aluminium, titanium, stainless steel
Image: Johannes Kuhnen

 

General Assembly event at Craft Victoria 2007

Image: Rhiannon Slatter

 

General Assembly event at Craft Victoria 2007

Image: Rhiannon Slatter