Blanche Tilden (Melbourne, from Kiama)
‘The harder I work, the luckier I get’ / “Cuanto más trabajo, más suerte tengo”
||to provide those striving to achieve something against the odds with a moment of inspiration
||At a critical challenge, the host grates the gold ingot against the file provided, which creates a shower of gold dust, to accompany the words ‘The harder I work, the luckier I get.’
||750 gold, oxidised 925 silver, hardened steel file
Blanche Tilden is celebrated for a combination of modernist precision and creative interpretation of the machine. She started her undergraduate degree at Sydney College of Arts, where she specialised in a combination of glass and jewellery. She continued her studies at Canberra School of Art then took at traineeship with Susan Cohn at Workshop 3000. With Phoebe Porter she developed a participatory jewellery event titled General Assembly. Her work has been shown at Gallery Funaki Melbourne, Helen Maxwell Canberra, Jam Factory Adelaide and Sabbia Sydney. See www.blanchetilden.com.au.
The harder I work, the luckier I get
Tilden’s charm consists of two parts that can be rubbed against each other:
- Part one is a section of a 24 carat gold bullion ingot (from gold dust gathered from 20 years at the bench)
- Part two will be a grating surface
These two parts are connected with a chain, made to sit together, and are to be worn as a pendant/necklace. To activate the charm, the gold ingot is rubbed against the grating surface; this ‘work’ will generate a small amount of gold dust and activate the charm. The words to activate this charm are: ‘The harder I work, the luckier I get.’
Tilden’s ‘charm’ is a statement that the capacity to change things for the better depends more on our hard work than mysterious forces beyond our control.
To read one person’s account of what it is like to live with this charm, read the charm offensive.