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Cylindrical City in Miniature 1 - One-of-a-kind brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

Most of my cityscapes are wall sculptures. From time to time, when I’ve finally found enough small bits and bobs on the street, I’ll make a cityscape brooch, and this is one of the few. This one is a real conversation starter, as heaven only knows what some of those cylindrical pieces of metal used to be before I ‘rescued’ them!


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I created this one-of-a-kind, 4x5cm handmade brooch from a piece of veneer, small cylindrical and flat pieces of metal, and a battery.  I found all the bits and bobs to make it on the streets of Melbourne.

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. My brooches were displayed in 2019 in the Australian National Brooch Show at the Fitzroy and Eltham public libraries. In 2020, my brooches appeared in two exhibitions: Wearable Art at The Old Auction House in Kyneton, and Survival Kit (online) at the University of Melbourne George Paton Gallery. Now my brooches are also available through Incube8r Gallery, in both shops as well as online.

This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)

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