For the month of May, 35 of my small wearable sculptures are on display at the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.
Copper Lizard Studio – "Lucky Wearable Sculptures" created by Susanah Windrum are made of recycled, found and repurposed metal. Each Lucky is a whimsical character with lots of personality.
Discarded, lost, tossed or abandoned bits of metal have been found, scrubbed, shaped and lovingly made into a "Lucky" for you.
They attach to your clothing with exceptionally strong rare-earth magnets. There are no pins or clasps to create holes in your t-shirts, jackets, hats, ties or anything else you want to wear them on.
You might wonder how I got started making "Luckies". Even though I go by the name Susanah, my parents actually named me Penelope Susanah and as a young girl I was called Penny.
Consequently, I have always had a love for copper, coins and metal that changes. It seems that as soon as I could walk, I started looking for lucky pennies.
And during my life, I have found many abandoned pennies and a lot of odd treasures along the way. Treasures, like rusty pieces of tin, flattened bottle caps and other strange bits of metal. Luckily, I saw it as treasure not trash.
These days, I take all this bounty back to my studio, scrub it up and look at it. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle, at first, all the pieces look the same and then I see a face, an arm, someone’s body and a new Lucky is born.
I love the process of creating something new, out of objects that once had a completely different origin.