Granddad’s Shed: artist pays tribute to her father and grandad at Dwellingup exhibition


Favourite things: Janine Matthews with some of her favourite quirky objects.
Favourite things: Janine Matthews with some of her favourite quirky objects.

JANINE Matthews is a self-professed scrounger but unlike others, she has genuine excuses for why her home is in chaos.

Matthews says she can look at one thing and see something else and loves rummaging in op shops.

Retro and kitsch are firm favourites and the results can be seen when she opens her first exhibition Granddad’s Shed at Dwellingup this Sunday.

In Matthews’ colourful home there are quirky objects on every available surface; a unique collection of sculptures created from found items and roadside treasures, including window latches, old bedposts, exhaust pipes, drawers, bicycle cogs and fishing rod reels.

Every room is crammed full.

One of her favourites is Princess Tilly, an artwork created from a yacht tiller, spark plugs and parts of a vegetable steamer, roller doors runners and a serviette ring.

Where other people have garden furniture on the lawn, Matthews has a handsaw and a bench drill and in pride of place in her living room is her late father’s workbench where she makes jewellery.

Her late sister and father Ken were jewellers and Ken once owned the Ken Matthews Diamond Centre in Perth’s London Court.

“My father and grandfather used to visit the tip and come back with heaps of stuff, much to my mother’s horror,’’ she said.

Granddad’s Shed is dedicated to Matthews’ dad and grandad and to all grandad sheds everywhere.

The exhibition opens this Saturday at the Forest Heritage Centre, Dwellingup at 2pm and runs until August 21.