Table Mountain Skyline 1 – Cityscape brooch by NancyDee Sculptures
When I travelled to Capetown, I was awed by Table Mountain. This cityscape brooch is a Table Mountain of my imagination – not the real thing – but I do want to acknowledge my source of inspiration.
In stockCuber: Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)
I created this 3x8cm handmade cityscape brooch from a piece of broken grey tile and lots of different kinds of screws. I found all the bits and bobs needed to make it on the streets during 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. A special series using handmade 19th-Century nails from a friend’s roof are in the 2021 Australian National Brooch show from May to October 2021 at the Fitzroy and Eltham Public Libraries.
And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery, in both the Fitzroy and Prahran shops, as well as online.