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Never Smile at a Crocodile 2 - Unique handmade brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

This is the second of my ‘Never Smile at a Crocodile’ brooches. After visiting Kakadu National Park and seeing many in their native habitat, I am fascinated by them. Nonetheless, I am happy to keep a safe distance – except for Sweetheart, the 5.1 metre taxidermied croc in the Northern Territory Art Gallery and Museum!


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I created this one-of-a-kind, handmade brooch from a round disc of grey metal (approximately 4cm in diameter), rusted sheet metal, and some sort of metal clip that must have had an original purpose, but what it was is anybody’s guess. I found all the bits and bobs to make this brooch 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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