Floor Talk: Julie Ryder. The Hidden Sex

Classes, Lessons, Workshops and Talks

8 Mar 2019

With The Hidden Sex, Julie Ryder presents a rich exhibition of textile work that continues her interests in science and history, and that tracks her determination to solve an historical mystery. For the past few years, Ryder, one of Craft ACT’s highly respected Accredited Professional Members, has been researching early Australian botanical collections and her imagination was captured by two albums of pressed seaweed which seemed to have no provenance. Seaweed collecting was a global craze in the 19th century but rarely depicted in botanical illustration. She was lured on a journey of detective work and discovery, visiting herbaria and museums in Australia and Ireland and handling original material.

The Hidden Sex is an artistic response to this research, and Julie has used seaweed (cryptogams, literally ‘hidden sex’) as a metaphor for the hidden roles that women played in 19th-century science.

Come along and find out if Julie solved the mystery of the unnamed collectors, and find out about women as citizen scientists!


Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet Shop


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8 Mar 2019

Once Only Event


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