|Dimensions||6 × 4 × 1 cm|
I created this little penguin, a 6x4cm one-of-a-kind handmade brooch, all from found objects. The mounting is a black metal keyring found on a street in Berlin by my friend and fellow artist Julia Zoellner. I found the rest – a black vinyl bow, two screw-like legs, and a piece of metal with holes for two eyes and a beak – on the streets of Melbourne. That’s why the alternative name for this piece is Der Kleine Pinguin, German for ‘The Little Penguin’.
I normally create larger wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal and tiles I find on the streets and beaches 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, 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.
Sustainability is very important to my arts practice. My hope is that this brooch makes you smile, and at the same time, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.
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