“Found objects, antiques and collectables, have always played an important part in my work and this has inevitably led me to ‘assemblage’. The use of glass fronted, shrine-like boxes, with their religious overtones, enables me to play out three dimensional stories, drawing on historical references, figurative art, sacred imagery, mythology and our curious fascination with death, the morbid and the macabre. Narratives gradually emerge as I assemble each box, while some of the antique objects, beautiful in their own right, have their own stories to tell. To complete the scene I increasingly I use my clay and textile skills, hopefully with some humour and always a little theatricality.”
--- Jennie Sharman-Cox
After training as a window dresser and working in London’s Carnaby Street, Jennie Sharman-Cox worked as press officer for fashion designer John Bates. Later she joined one of the country’s leading theatrical costumiers, designing and making costumes for the stage. In 1990, Jennie began making antique style teddy bears which continue to be collected and exhibited around the world. In 2010, she made her first collection of hand sewn costume jewellery which was selected to be part of the ‘Bling’ Exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood and in 2011 she began producing her ‘Boxes of Curiosity’ which are now her main focus of work.