Making Do: exhibition

This lampshade is a functional tribute to my father, E.G. Chorik (1929-2017). The wrought iron stand is the same one my dad used to sit reading under when I was a kid. The slides are his photographs from travelling the world in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The inner shade is made from his resume.

When I work with old things, I find myself enriched by empathy and connected to all that’s come before. In this work, I wanted to rescue my father’s vision of the world from dusty boxes, get to know him in a new way, connect with his memories and make them my own. - Mira

The lampshade was exhibited as part of the Making Do exhibition developed by the Moreton Bay Regional Council at Redcliffe Museum, 27th August - 21st November 2021.

It’s an old mantra: ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without’. During times of hardship, like the Great Depression and the war years, ‘making do’ was a way of life - furniture made from packing crates, continually mending clothing and improvising solutions to make ends meet. Today, making do is less about survival, and more about considering our impact as consumers. Showcasing fascinating make do objects from the past, this exhibition also features reused and repurposed contemporary objects. - source