Jewellery and Accessories: Upcycling


You will explore working with a variety of reclaimed materials and upcycling to create a new contemporary jewellery piece or wearables accessory. Beginning with redesigning recycled elements you will deconstruct items and redesign with the addition of other found objects and materials using a variety of simple hand tools and cold joining techniques.

You will learn to design and complete wearable work from found objects or upcycled treasures of your own choice, completing at least one finished piece or more, depending on the desired design.

Course content

  • re-designing recycled components, guided by tutor expertise and inspiration
  • de-construction of found objects / recycled treasures supplied by student, these could include (but not limited to): jewellery, clothing, hats, bags, opshop curiosities, old toys, reclaimed haberdashery or trim 
  • re-construction
  • incorporation of alternative materials
  • joining, threading, combining techniques

Ideal for

This course is great for beginners or experienced makers as it offers a combination of hands-on skills with alternative application of processes and techniques to upcycled materials.

The course will inspire students to see found objects in a new light whilst the de-construction and re-construction process evokes a method of creative discovery. 

Important Information

This course is delivered in the newly renovated fabrication workshop at the School of Fashion and Textiles, Brunswick Campus. For health & safety reasons, students need to wear closed toe shoes, no thongs or sandals and long hair is to be tied back and no long necklaces or scarves worn during class.

 If you are travelling from out of state it is highly recommended that you wait for your course confirmation letter before booking any flights.

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You will aim to complete at least one finished wearable piece, or more, depending on the desired design. Designs can range from bold statement to fine and delicate elegant pieces.

With the basics of design and construction skills, students will be able to confidently continue to develop and expand these techniques outside of the course.

Materials supplied

Students will work in our newly renovated fabrication workshop at the School of Fashion and Textiles, Brunswick Campus.

Materials to bring

  • Items to consider for deconstructing such as jewellery, clothing, accessories, op-shop curiosities, old toys. It is recommended that you bring a wide range of materials as not everything will be suitable to work with in this class. This class will not be undertaking metal work. An introduction to working with metal is available in the Jewellery Basics short course.
  • Ideas and inspiration for designs
  • A full list of materials will be emailed on course confirmation


Participants will be emailed an RMIT Statement of Participation on course completion.

Additional notes

Your tutor, Pennie Jagiello, has over 20 years experience in creating contemporary jewellery and object making, in her professional practice she specialises in the use of recycled materials.


Pennie Jagiello

Pennie is an accomplished Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who recently completed a Masters in Art at RMIT, titled: ‘Remains to be seen, worn and heard: an inquiry into anthropogenic debris investigated through contemporary jewellery objects’. Her ongoing research investigates the objects we use & discard, and the environmental consequences of unsustainable practices. Her masters body of work was constructed entirely from anthropogenic debris collected from beaches and coastal environs across Victoria, New South Wales & the Pilbara. Pennie was a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Craft Award, and recently selected for a residency with Form Gallery in Western Australia, which enabled her to visit the Pilbara between 2014-16.
Her works have been exhibited nationally at selected Craft and Design galleries, as well as showing in alternative art spaces. Pennie is a short course tutor in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT, as well as a guest lecturer in the School of Art.

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Available course dates

Saturday 12 October 2019

  • Code S350364
  • Start date 12.10.19
  • End date 02.11.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus RMIT Brunswick
  • Fee $670.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 12.10.19 10:00am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 19.10.19 10:00am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 26.10.19 10:00am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 02.11.19 10:00am 04:30pm 6.00

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