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Abstract 1 – Brooch by NancyDee Sculptures


I created this one-of-a-kind 5x5cm brooch from a flat square piece of metal with a hole (labeled RB95L on back), an irregularly shaped piece of black shale and a small round battery, all found on the streets of Melbourne.

To me this brooch is like a minimalist abstract painting, but a friend told me she thought it looked like a tropical fish in monotone. All in the eye of the beholder – perhaps in this case a colour-blind scuba diver.

I normally create wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal and tiles I find on the streets of Melbourne. However, through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Powers from New Orleans. She encouraged me to try making jewellery from the objects I found on the street, but I never had.

Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual brooch exhibition, so I entered–and found that making brooches is great fun. Five of my pieces were on display in the 2019 Australian National Brooch Show. Now my brooches are also available through Incube8r Gallery, in both shops as well as online.


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Cuber: Nancy Dee (Prahran)
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