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.