Necklace Fragments Black PJ MW 08
(One only) Carved black and b/w stripe neckpiece; hand plaited vintage cotton, adjustable length.
Pennie Jagiello has created these jewellery pieces to accompany the ADC touring exhibition Made/Worn.
In her work, Pennie Jagiello aims to summarise the extremity of the lasting environmental impacts we impose upon the natural world. She collects that which we discard, and her way of processing these anxieties is through contemporary jewellery objects. Pennie only works with found and discarded human-made materials without the purchase of new resources. This way of working, which provides many challenges, has completely formed Pennie’s practice for many years.
The works in the series Objected inheritance from the errors of the Anthropocene were made by employing cold joining techniques without heating materials and with non-powered hand tools to minimise further environmental footprints. Instead, Pennie uses plaiting, binding, knotting, sewing and carving; time-honoured techniques that are reliant only on the artist’s two hands.
"The importance of my work is placed within human-made debris as the discarded wearable heirlooms we pass on and leave behind us, in place of more traditional forms of jewellery. Diamonds are forever, so is anthropogenic debris which defines in our short existence the era and errors of the Anthropocene."
Pennie Jagiello is a Melbourne-based contemporary jeweller who recently completed a Masters in Art at RMIT. Pennie’s ongoing research investigates the objects we use and discard, and the environmental consequences of unsustainable practices.
Pennie was a finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Victorian Craft Award, and recently selected for a residency with Form Gallery in Western Australia, which enabled her to visit the Pilbara during 2014–16.
Her works have been exhibited nationally at selected craft and design galleries, as well as showing in alternative art spaces. Pennie runs workshops, is a short course and studio lecturer in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT, and is a guest lecturer in the School of Art.