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The flotsam and jetsam of Asian flea markets, op shops and grocery aisles is what inspires Collins. She sees potential in the everyday and ephemeral – colours, textures, patterns and patina which provide the basis for works both lasting & unique.
Everyday treasures scoured from the Asian marketplace continually suggest new forms and functions. These ‘finds’ motivate her to experiment with different techniques & materials. The notion of transformation underpins not only Collins practice but also her pieces and is particularly evident in her current focus on contemporary jewellery. Here Collins has tried to communicate the grace of the commonplace – embedding Asian newspaper into resin bangles, transforming silver dipped chopstick ends into drop earrings, and giving the generic Chinese chopstick new life as bracelets, pendants and neckpieces.
This body of work uses the ‘everyday’ utilitarian object as a starting point for reinvention, appropriation and reinterpretation.