Assemblage Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)


An assemblage in the form of a miniature vignette, inspired by the classic tale by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.

Measuring 37 cm high, 27 cm wide, 20 cm depth.

A small three dimensional assemblage comprised of remnants from a vintage book – Great Expectations and ply wood. Constructed into a miniature house worn with age it tells the tale of a forgotten time. A platform divides the room from the little drawer below, where hidden inside are Miss Havisham’s wedding shoes carefully encased in a glass box.


Ply wood and papier mache are used to construct the drawer, to which a stunning vintage brooch acts as a handle.

In the room are many intricate details. Painted using a mixture of blue acrylic to give a secret midnight feel. The small wooden drawers are adorned with paper moths and a small brass clock symbolising the passing of time. A small LED light is hidden in one of the drawers giving a soft light.

Hanging from the ceiling above is a vintage brooch with two small LED lights attached, symbolising a “once upon a time” decadence.


The wedding dress is made from beautiful soft worn vintage cottons and book papers. The bodice is full of intricate details and very small beads.

“Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.

Great Expectations

The thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel. The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to mid-19th century and contains some of Dickens’s most memorable scenes. Great Expectations is full of extreme imagery—poverty, prison ships and chains, and fights to the death — and has a colourful cast of characters who have entered popular culture. These include the eccentric Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster who takes Pip on as a companion for herself and her adopted daughter, Estella. Havisham is a wealthy, eccentric woman who has worn her wedding dress and one shoe since the day that she was jilted at the altar by her fiancé. Her house is unchanged as well. She hates all men, and plots to wreak a twisted revenge by teaching Estella to torment and spurn men, including Pip, who loves her. Miss Havisham is later overcome with remorse for ruining both Estella’s and Pip’s chances for happiness.

If you’d like to read the novel, get a free digital copy here at Project Gutenberg

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