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Melinda Young

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Fascinated by the potential for unexpected narrative, my work has a carefully considered use of colour and often a sly, subversive sense of humour. I tend to find inspiration in architecture, the landscape, the social condition of the body and my everyday surroundings, which also frequently provide materials for my work.

My practice has always been concerned with the re-use and re-working of found materials. For me these materials bring their own stories with them, an existing narrative if you will. With this comes pre-existing connections with viewers, wearers and frequently with myself as the maker - these associations can be drawn on (or subverted) in the creation of new meaning and a new piece. I have participated in and initiated projects for myself, and others using gifted/found materials in the past and this has become an important element of both my practice and teaching methodology. I am drawn to projects that challenge my making, gently steering it in new directions, increasingly these seem to be collaborative in nature.

From 2015

Melinda Young

6 x Landlines Neckpieces   $250 each
Copper, 925 silver, fine silver, gesso, coloured pencil, hand spun linen cord

Melinda Young

Train Neckpiece.   Found nail, marine ply, paint, waxed linen thread   $295
The Fabric of Days, of Years, Neckpiece.   Fine silver, oxidised 925 silver, marine ply, paint, waxed linen thread   $385
Haze Neckpiece.   Marine ply, paint, waxed linen thread   $250
Blistered Brooch   925 silver, marine ply, paint  $295
Across the plain Brooch.   925 silver, marine ply, paint   $250
Evening Bloom Brooch.   Found earring, 925 silver, marine ply, paint   $295

From 2013

Melinda Young

And stories of your dreams I  Neckpiece 2013, Labradorite, metal bells, 925 silver   $380
And stories of your dreams II  Neckpiece 2013, Smoky quartz, labradorite, metal bells, 925 silver   $380

Melinda Young

I pressed my fingers into yours  Neckpiece 2013, Air dry clay, antique and dyed coral, 925 silver   $350
You pressed your fingers into mine (and I blushed)  Neckpiece, ceramic, antique coral necklace, fine silver 2013  $320
You pressed your fingers into mine  Neckpiece 2013, ceramic, panyas seeds, coral, fine silver   $320

Melinda Young

Across the rooftops  Neckpiece 2013, Plastic game pieces, freshwater pearls, coral, amber, 24ct gold, silk thread (adjustable length)   $350
Banana Chain  Neckpiece 2013, Toy banana, artificial plant foliage, jade, glass & plastic beads, freshwater pearls, 925 silver, 24 ct gold, paint, silk thread   $380

From 2011

Melinda Young, Redhead Spine Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Redhead Spine Neckpiece, 2011,   $430
Cake Decorating Stamens, Glass, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Deflowered Darkly (Wedding Garland) Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Deflowered Darkly (Wedding Garland) Neckpiece, 2011,   $410
Artificial Plant Foliage (Indian Wedding Garland), Wood, Plastic, Waxed Linen Thread



Melinda Young, Kirsch Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Kirsch Neckpiece, 2011,   $1,040
Fake Cherry, Fake Grapes, Artificial Plant

Melinda Young, Glistening Trickles Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Glistening Trickles Neckpiece, 2011,   $550
Fake Grapes, Artificial Plant Foliage, Garnets, Stone, Nephrite, Wood

Melinda Young, Brown Triple Spiker Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Brown Triple Spiker Neckpiece, 2011,   $280
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, Jade, Waxed Linen Thread

Melinda Young, Acid Double Spiker Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Acid Double Spiker Neckpiece, 2011,   $380
Artificial Plant Foliage, Jade, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Bushy Neckpieces I-III

Melinda Young, Bushy Neckpieces I-III, 2011,   $280 each, $750 set
Artificial Plant Foliage, Jade, Wood, Waxed Linen Thread


Melinda Young, Succulent Button Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Succulent Button Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, Smoky Quartz, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Succulent Ovoid Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Succulent Ovoid Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, Smoky Quartz, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Flower Cup Garland, 2011,   $580
Artificial Plant Foliage, Nephrite, Glass, Plastic, Coral, Wood, Costume Jewellery Finding, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Shield Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Shield Neckpiece, 2011,   $360
Artificial Plant Foliage, Vintage Sequins, Costume Jewellery Finding, Nephrite, Plastic, Wood, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Black Grape Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Black Grape Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Fake Grapes, Onyx, Lava, Stone, Agate, Coral, Glass, Wood, Silk Thread, Polystyrene, Glitter

Melinda Young, Spined Brush Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Spined Brush Neckpiece, 2011,   $420
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Coral, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Neckpiece, 2011,   $460
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Coral, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Brooch

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Brooch, 2011,   $300
Artificial Plant Foliage, Coral, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Double Skeleton Nerckpiece

Melinda Young, Double Skeleton Nerckpiece, 2011,   $550
Artificial Plant Foliage, Stone, Lava, Nephrite, Coral, Oxidised 925 Silver, Enamel Paint

Melinda Young, Drop Pom Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Drop Pom Neckpiece, 2011,   $530
Artificial Plant Foliage, Coral, Mother of Pearl, Freshwater Pearls, Peridot, Costume Jewellery Finding, Wood, 925 Silver

Melinda Young, Spiker Lariat

Melinda Young, Spiker Lariat, 2011,   $530
Artificial Plant Foliage, Tourmaline, Aventurine, Nephrite, Glass, Plastic, Coral, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Brooch

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Brooch, 2011,   $320
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Neckpiece, 2011,   $530
Artificial Plant Foliage, Mother of Pearl, Nephrite, Freshwater Pearls, Tourmaline, Wood, 925 Silver

Melinda Young, Green Triple Spiker Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Green Triple Spiker Neckpiece, 2011,   $320
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Plastic, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Coral Bloom Brooch

Melinda Young, Coral Bloom Brooch, 2011,   $300
Artificial Plant Foliage, Plastic, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Spurt Brooch

Melinda Young, Spurt Brooch,   $320
Coral, Plastic Costume Jewellery, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Pollen Garland

Melinda Young, Pollen Garland, 2011,   $400
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Plastic, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Skeleton Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Skeleton Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Stone, Lava, Nephrite, Coral, Tourmaline, Oxidised 925 Silver

Melinda Young, Kirsch Royale Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Kirsch Royale Neckpiece, 2011,   $1,170
Fake Cherries, Fake Grapes, Artificial Plant Foliage, Garnets, Glass, Wood, 24ct Gold

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