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Going for a Drive – Handmade brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

Going for a Drive - Handmade brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

Climb into my car, turn my head and say “I’m going for a drive.” It’s amazing how two totally unrelated pieces of metal, found in different places at different times, can suggest the need to go out for a spin.


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I created this one-of-a-kind 3x5cm handmade brooch called Going for a Drive from a piece of painted wood and two pieces of metal. All of the bits and bobs to make this brooch were found on the streets during my daily walks.

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 streets, but I never had.

Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual brooch exhibition. I entered–and found that making brooches is great fun. In 2019 I displayed my brooches in the Australian National Brooch Show at the Fitzroy and Eltham public libraries. In 2020, my brooches were in Wearable Art at The Old Auction House in Kyneton and online in Survival Kit at the University of Melbourne George Paton Gallery.

In 2021, as part of Geelong and Melbourne Design Weeks, my brooches were featured in exhibitions at The Reimaginarium in Geelong and again at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery, in both the Fitzroy and Prahran shops, as well as online.

This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)

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