Diorama, Jacinda and Ashley Bears

Maker and role
Maker: Ailys Tewnion
Production date
Apr 2020
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Object Detail

Production place
Nelson/Nelson Region/New Zealand
Diorama of two crocheted bears depicting Right Honourable Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health. Bloomfield bear is wearing a black suit and glasses and has short brown hair and is standing at a podium with the Nelson clock tower in the background with the hands set at 1pm. Prime Minister bear is wearing a skirt, earrings and has long hair. This diorama depicts the daily COVID-19 briefings during the Stage 4 national shutdown of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. Displayed on maker's front fence to entertain people out on daily walks.
Media/materials description
Acrylic yarn. Bears stuffed with Dacron and with galvanised or copper wires for rigidity. Podium has block of wood wrapped in aluminium foil inside. Coin on front of podium wrapped in foil. Some parts are glued at the feet. Includes some plastic components e.g. buttons.
0 - Whole = Height x Width x Length (mm) = 360 x 300 x 300mm
Maker biography
Ailys and her husband moved to Nelson from Christchurch in 1986 with their 2 children. Ailys maintains many interests including walking, swimming, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, gardening, mosaics, floral art, volunteering and collecting ‘stuff’ when on holidays e.g. stones, driftwood, shells, wool – you just never know when they many come in handy.

Lockdown in April 2020 didn’t allow Ailys to spend quality time with her children and grandchildren. There were no regular swims or walks and coffee with friends, but it did give her unlimited and uninterrupted hours to pursue her passion for making things.
Prime Minister
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Credit line
Diorama, Jacinda and Ashley Bears. Nelson Provincial Museum Collection: NPM2020.57.2


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Is it possible to do a version of this with knitting needles still in the heads?

- Witchdoctor

Posted on 04-07-2022 08:28:15