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Badge - Heidelberg District Artists' Society, Helen Ilich, 1960s-1970s Object Reg. No: HT 23938

Heidelberg District Artists' Society membership badge featuring enamelled artist pallet and paint brushes. It belonged to post-war Serbian migrant Helen Ilich. She was a member of the Society during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Helen Ilich migrated to Melbourne from Croatia in 1953 with her two children, her husband already having arrived. She had always wanted to be an artist but rarely had the opportunity or parental support to pursue her passion. This continued in Australia but she found a degree of artistic outlet by working in three ceramic studios around Melbourne - Ellis, Isobel (a small independent business) and Guy Boyd's studio in East Bentleigh which she particularly enjoyed. At the Boyd studio she painted this vase and other ceramic pieces with Australian landscape and Aboriginal motifs, produced for the domestic and tourist markets. Helen later joined the Heidelberg District Artists' Society in the late 1960s and taught painting at home, producing many works of her own.
Metal badge in the shape of an artist's pallet, brown enamelled with red, blue, yellow and green enamelled paints and two gold plate paintbrushes. Pin attached to reverse side. Attached to the badge with a ring is a metal rectangular bar with two stars etched. A separate identical bar has one star etched.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Nina Chelleri, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 45 mm (Height), 50 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: artistic practices, immigration, societies
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Helen Ilich, Serbian Migrant & Ceramic Artist, 1953, Helen Ilich, Serbian Migrant & Ceramic Artist, 1953
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: artist socieities
Inscriptions: Inscribed around perimeter of the pallet: Heidelberg District Artists Society Est. 1964
Organisation Named: Heidelberg District Artists Society, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 1964 or later
Past Owner: Helen Ilich, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 1965-1996

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