Hardware, Ancestors and Markets

Yesterday I posted the dates for my March markets. I hope I’ll see you there and I’m looking forward to showing and talking about my new ranges – Ancestors and Hardware.

I’ve scoured my favourite collectibles fairs and markets around Melbourne to source hardware and components for these designs. The rustier, chippier and more decrepit, the better. I love the challenge of transforming these discarded items into wearable treasures.

For the ‘Hardware’ range I am taking things like drawer handles, escutcheons, camera parts and washers and using rivets, eyelets and glue to create one-of-a-kind wearable artworks. Here are some, below:

An Art Deco Drawer Handle has been flattened, shaped and embellished with antique brass stampings. A lovely Gothic style cuff bracelet, I can add a chain and clasp for smaller wrists. I can also re-shape it a bit to make it smaller.

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Here is another drawer handle, the same as above, but embellished in a different way, with a tintype photo of three brothers dating to the 1860s, rusted antique filigree stampings, copper and brass bits.

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And here is a simple and sweet bracelet featuring a little girl, also from the 1860s. She is pouting and looks like she did not want her photo taken. Her cheeks have been rouged and she is framed by a brass washer and set onto a copper disc that I have etched and aged by hand. This bracelet looks fabulous on!

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My Ancestors range is ready to list online and it will be for sale at the Hawthorn Craft market this Sunday. I managed to get some better photos this morning so here is a reminder of what’s currently in this range. I’ll have a few more necklaces to list later today, once I’ve finished and photographed them.

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