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Keep Your Arm on the Ball – Handmade brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

Keep Your Arm on the Ball - Handmade brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

Keep your eye – no, make that arm – on the ball! A bit of a stretch perhaps; this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch is more abstract than representational. As you’ll find when you wear it, everyone will have their own interpretation.


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I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch, Keep Your Arm on the Ball (pun intended), from a miniature grey tile, twisted piece of wire, a round 2-tiered piece of metal and a tiny gold coloured ball bearing. I found all the bits and bobs needed to make this brooch on my daily walks.

Normally I 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 in 2019 I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its Australian National Brooch Show at the Fitzroy and Eltham public libraries. I displayed five of my brooches–and found that making them is great fun.

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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