Freight train dosie doe was selected for inclusion in the Contemporary Wearables ‘17 Award exhibition which was held at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery in 2107. The piece is a response to the freight trains yards in Melbourne’s inner west. The work looks at the patterns created by containers as they wait in the yards on seemingly endless lengths of train. The form of the necklace becomes symbolic of the endless cycles of freight trains and their containers around and around in their process of transporting goods to and from cities and their destinations.
Image : Freight train dosie doe, copper, enamel paint, brass, 2metres x 25mm wide, 2017, image by Shane Northey.
Cladding neckpiece is an exploration into the material of corrugated sheet metal, making a feature of the textures of weathering and layering.
Image : Cladding neckpiece, oxidised sterling silver, enamel paint, 700mm x 12mm, 2017, image by Katrina Tyler
The Worn Debris Collective is a global jewellery project conceived and run by Pennie Jagiello. Her passion for the environment, climate and material legacy we are generating in the Anthropocene fuels her practice and message to all. Through objects of adornment, our relationship to the materials we use, consume and dispose of is questioned and challenged. Pennie collects this debris of the anthropocene and uses these materials in her jewellery and object practice..
For The Worn Debris Collective, Pennie has distributed some of this material to participants around the world in surprise packages. They are then tasked to convert this material into wearable artefacts, aiming to use ALL of the material, and incorporate any waste back into the piece.
My contribution, #42, took inspiration from the colours of the materials, red and black, and looked at their meanings in the context of the climate crisis. Red being a signifier of warning, danger, overdrawn, and black of carbon, contamination, industry. I aimed to create as much length for a neckpiece as possible from my materials to reflect the amount of evidence for climate change, like the neckpiece, a reality not easily worn by humanity.
The Worn Debris Collective exhibition was held at Testing Grounds, Southbank, Melbourne, August 2019.