My current works are studies of birds' feet. They are rendered from recycled Glomesh bags and reference a collection of specimens housed at the Australian Museum. As a material to work with, Glomesh offers an endless construction pattern which consists of two simple pieces. These can be undone and redone to create a variety of formations. The material contrasts and transforms what is commonly perceived as the more grotesque feature of a bird.
Using a pair of tweezers Sian Edwards transforms brass mesh into intricate renderings of animals and animal parts. Sian’s work references both the rich historical use of animals in adornment and the actual animals that share our environment. Sian undertakes a detailed study of her subject, accessing museums and zoos to assist in the production of her work.
Based in Newcastle, Sian completed an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design, Enmore TAFE in 2005 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in Jewellery and Metals, Monash University in 2009. Sian had her first solo exhibition, A Study of Birds at Studio 20/17 in 2010 and has exhibited in group shows nationally including the Filippo Raphael Fresh! Award in 2010 and the National Contemporary Jewellery Prize in 2012 and 2016. Sian undertook an artist residency in Jaipur, India in 2012.