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Explore ways in which found objects and environmental impact shapes contemporary artistic practices. Led by artist and weaver Yasbelle Kerkow and contemporary jeweller Pennie Jagiello, participants will transform natural, recycled, fossicked and found materials into sculpture, jewellery and wearable art. Participants will learn techniques specific to one artist per workshop, but will have the opportunity to work with both artists if attending the two sessions. Attendance to both sessions is recommended, however the option to attend one session is available. An exhibition of pieces created by artists and workshop participants will be presented at the Kingston Art Centre in August.
Yasbelle Kerkow is an Australian-born, Fijian (Vasu Batiki, Lomaiviti) artist. Her work focuses on promoting Pacific communities in Australia and communicating Pacific stories through the arts. Her arts practice centres weaving using pandanus, flax and cotton cord. Yasbelle is a community arts facilitator and leader of the Kulin Nations (Melbourne) based art collective New Wayfinders.
Pennie Jagiello is a Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who completed a Masters of Fine Art at RMIT in 2017, titled "Remains to be seen, worn and heard: an inquiry into anthropogenic debris investigated through contemporary jewellery objects". Her practice and ongoing research investigates the objects we use and discard and the environmental consequences of unsustainable practices, conveyed through one of the oldest creative mediums, jewellery and adornment. Only working with found, reclaimed and recycled materials, informs and challenges Pennie's practice, providing wearable dialogue for what we discard, and the expended heirlooms we leave behind for future generations. Pennie runs workshops and is a lecturer at RMIT.