An exhibition of limited edition work by Australian designer Trent Jansen opened on Thursday the 17th February at Criteria Collections in Melbourne’s Cremorne district. The collection is a collaboration between Jansen and Broached Commissions, a studio that commissions limited edition design pieces within the parameters of a historical context. Jansen has worked with Broached Commissions to produce limited edition pieces in the past but these were always a group effort with several designers working on a historical theme proposed by Broached Commissions director, Lou Weis and historian John McPhee. Broached Monsters by contrast is a solo show consisting of seven pieces of Jansen’s work conceived around the mythological figures Pankalangu and The Hairy Wild Man From Botany Bay (to be referred to as HWMFBB from now on!). The collection therefore had a dual source of inspiration. On one side ideas were drawn from indigenous stories about Pankalangu, a largely invisible scaly creature, while on the other it was British colonial reports from the late 18th century of strange man-beasts that roamed what is now called Australia that formed the ideas behind the collection.