Whitireia NZ/Sydney College of Art exchange project
25 jewellery bugs dispatched to SCA students in Sydney, with the aim of sparking some trans-Tasman cross-fertilization:
Dear SCA jewellers,
These broochlets are far from home;to thrive they need loving shelter and the unique spiritual sustenance that is generated by active jewellery practice.
Please help with this habitat trial and take one into your home when the exhibition ends.
With luck and tlc it will adapt to the Sydney climate, and flourish alongside your own work.
Jewellery bugs and travel boxes, Silk, steel, card, matchboxes, paint
Tragically, only one survived, but he flourished, in the loving care of Sean O’Connell:
Sean and his bug looking over the Tasman sea towards NZ
Image: Sean O’Connell
“the pupa went to a gaffa opening last night – a nice jewellery-and-art-and-design gallery in the middle of the city. he/she was very happy.
it is the season for containment and transformation and i think that this brooch may be accelerating my own ugly-duckling-to-elegan-swan metamorphosis….”