Rust Bowl 1 - Handmade Art Brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

I created Rust Bowl, this 5x7cm one-of-a-kind handmade art brooch, from a bit of cement tile, a rusted bulldog clip and a tiny cup rusted on the inside, all of which I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. Each bit was not that interesting or unusual in its own right, but placed together, these pieces make a strong impression. Guaranteed you will never see another one quite like it!

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. Five of my pieces were on display in the 2019 Australian National Brooch Show. Now my brooches are also available through Incube8r Gallery, in both shops as well as online.


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Weight 0.04 kg
Dimensions 5 × 7 cm
Jewellery Material

Reclaimed Materials

This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Prahran)


Nancy D Lane is a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, working as NancyDee Sculptures. She creates works from metal, wood, tile and plastic that she gathers from the streets of Melbourne. NancyDee’s background has been eclectic, including training in painting, weaving, ceramics and jewellery making. She currently creates brooches, miniature wall sculptures and larger 3-dimensional works, ranging in size from less than 2×2 cm to more than a metre square. NancyDee is an artist in residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. She has had five solo exhibitions, and her works have appeared in more than 30 group exhibitions. She has a strong commitment to sustainability and hopes that her creative use of unloved and unwanted trash will serve as a reminder of the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, repurpose, reuse, and recycle. INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE | FITZROY

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