Plastic Fantastic takes a playful stab at the idea of fine jewellery, contradicting the ‘norm’ and instead creating imposter jewels out of plastic, pigment, glitter and gold leaf.
These pieces are designed to provoke a feeling of nostalgia through the use of vintage playtime items. The specific items that I chose are particularly meaningful to me because they were play items in my own childhood. They were carefully stored away for years, awaiting their new purpose. Wearing these piece provokes child-like joy and feelings of a sentimental nature.
An investigation into the ancient art of toreutics (the art of making a design in relief or intaglio, particularly by chasing, embossing and carving metal). These items are a homage to the historic metalsmithing techniques used by the Machupe and the Navajo. I was inspired and humbled to know that, despite so many years passing, metal working techniques are very much the same now as when these indigenous and nomadic communities were creating their iconic adornments.
Found on the Ground is a series of works which showcase textures found on the ground within the Adelaide CBD. These textures have seen thousands of feet, yet they’ve received little appreciation until now. Using polyurethane resin teamed with multi-coloured dress pins and enameled chain, these often unnoticed and overlooked textures are brought to life, forcing admiration and recognition.