This brooch features bull kelp which has been treated to make it durable. I have combined the kelp with brass, sterling silver and stainless steel. I love the rich deep colour of the kelp and the organic forms. The kelp has been sourced in a sustainable manner from a licensed provider.
I've started a series of works which speak about the lives of one of Australia's most common native animals - the Echidna. I've been lucky enough to get a permit to collect echidnas that have died on our roads (sad but true they are run over). This is one of a series of works that will emerge over the coming year. I have one echidna who regularly comes for a nap under my studio on Bruny- such as pleasure to work with this company!
I've been working on some new pieces which form a collection about ocean acidification, particularly in the Southern Ocean. The impact of the carbon we release into the atmosphere on small marine species such as the pteropods or 'sea butterflies' is enormous. Their shells are dissolving in an increasingly acidic ocean. The flow on effect for other species, including us, is going to be enormous.