My Favourite Necklace Ever is Home!!

My all time favourite piece that I have ever made arrived at the post office yesterday after a two year tour down the east coast of Australia. It was a finalist in the award exhibition ‘Contemporary Wearables 13’ at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, a competition that I try to enter as often as possible.

My favourite piece of all time.

My favourite piece of all time.

Being a massive wildlife lover, I wanted to represent a horrible issue that is currently plaguing our oceans. Animals such as fish eat these tiny fragments of plastic, mistaking them for their usual diet of plankton, which is causing issues for them and other animals higher in the food chain.

 To make this piece I traveled around to seven different beaches in Western Australia and collected hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic which are choking our wildlife and waterways.

Collecting at South Beach near Fremantle, Western Australia, with my beloved Molly Dog. This was the last beach collection we worked on together so it is especially meaningful.

Collecting at South Beach near Fremantle, Western Australia, with my beloved Molly Dog. This was the last beach collection we worked on together so it is especially meaningful.

Each collection was washed and refined to get rid of any nasties. This is a small part of what I came across in a short time which is pretty concerning.

Each collection was washed and refined to get rid of any nasties. This is a small part of what I came across in a short time which is pretty concerning.

I then sorted the collection and played around with the colours to get the right pallet for my piece.

A rainbow of discarded plastics.

A rainbow of discarded plastics.

Sunglasses any one?

Sunglasses any one?

I combined simplified silver versions of the plankton forms to house the tiny pieces of plastic and tangled them together with silver seaweed. I made every little component of the piece by hand and while it took me far too long, I think the results were definitely worth it.

I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.

I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.

Close up of my  favouritist  necklace ever. I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.

Close up of my favouritist necklace ever. I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.