Since 2011, the PIN brooch exhibitions at ANCA Gallery embrace the concept of reducing scale and honing in on wearable miniatures in a vast variety of materials and approaches…
sPIN | 2015
PIN-a-4 | 2014
globe skirters: a tribute to the humble shearwater
directions for maps
After a summer on the beach spent photographing decaying carcasses of stranded seabirds, I started wondering about those creatures referred to as muttonbirds – frequently finding their death by the hundreds on Australia’s eastern shores. Respect grew with every fact I unearthed.
Enjoying borderless ecologies on epic journeys; blissfully ignorant of the fiercly protected international boundaries below.
Not long ago, I rediscovered my collection of salvaged paper maps – a bird’s perspective for human navigation. And since there has been paper, it has been folded to understand, create and celebrate. It seemed appropriate to make a tribute to those creatures passing Japan on their journey out of a coastal map following the japanese tradition of origami…
selectively picked shearwater tidbits:
- Shearwaters are medium-sized long-winged seabirds with over 30 species (some known and harvested as muttonbirds)
- They are one of the world’s most remarkable migratory birds (the Sooty Shearwater travels up to 65,000km a year)
- Shearwaters fly with stiff wings and use a “shearing” flight technique to move across wave fronts with a minimum of active flight
- Their primary technique for feeding is diving, geolocating tags recorded them diving over 60 meters below the ocean’s surface
- All members of the family have tube-like nostrils on their upper beak, filtering out excess salt and are one of the few bird families with a well-developed sense of smell
- They can be extraordinarily long-lived. A Manx Shearwater was observed to have lived for at least 55 years
- Sooty Shearwater populations are declining, both in the Southern Hemisphere, where they breed, and in the Northern Hemisphere, where they winter. Overfishing and the multiple effects of global climate change are the main contributors to waning numbers.
PIN up | 2013
the silver lining series
(using vintage linoleum from the Old Parliament House)
rePIN | 2012
the chimes of the old guard series