|Dimensions||5 × 5 × 2 cm|
I created this one-of-a-kind 5x5x2cm handmade brooch, called On Reflection, from bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne. This includes a bent metal hook with a hole through one end, a clear iridescent green marble and a shiny bit of green metal, all mounted on a thin chunk of cement. It is suggestive of someone meditating or reflecting, while the marble reflects the light around it.
I normally create larger wall sculptures and 3D sculptures with what I find, but last year I had a chance to think small – in particular, brooch-sized. Through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Powers from New Orleans. She regularly encouraged me to try making jewellery from the found objects I collected, but I never had.
Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual brooch exhibition. I entered in 2019, and five of my pieces were displayed. Since then, I’ve discovered how much fun it is to make these one-of-a-kind brooches.
I am committed to developing a more sustainable arts practice. My hope is that you will enjoying wearing this brooch as much as I enjoyed making it. As importantly, I hope it will remind you of the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.
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