This special piece has been a collaboration between a Politician (Christine Milne) a Professor (Sandra Harding) an Artist (Lea Stein) and a Business Owner (Bruna Harrison of Harlequin Market). The image in the form of a brooch of the White Lemuroid Ringtail Possum (Yuwa) has been produced by French artist Lea Stein for the purpose of bringing attention and awareness of the plight of this endangered species.
The White Possum population which inspired the creation of the brooch resides on the traditional lands of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji, in tropical northern Queensland in northeast Australia. After a severe heatwave hit the region in late 2005, dead possums of several species were found along forest roads and the Yuwa seemed to have vanished.
Dimensions: Height- 8cm, Width - 10.5cm
Materials: Celluloid Acetate
Style: Brooch features a signed v-clasp pin on the back
Signed: Lea Stein
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About Lea Stein (Born In France)
Lea Stein began designing her iconic jewellery from the early 1960’s, pioneering a unique method of working with celluloid & plastics. Together with her husband, Fernand Steinberger who was a chemist at the time, Stein developed a technique of layering and laminating extremely thin sheets of celluloid acetate. The multi-dimensional pieces were then baked for long periods, cooled and cut into shapes - a painstaking process that could take up to six months to complete.
Stein has continued to work this way over the decades, creating original hand-crafted pieces - of which no two are ever exactly alike - recognisable by their extraordinary designs, colours, textures and patterns. All Lea Stein pieces stocked at Harlequin Market are signed and sourced directly from Stein herself in Paris by Bruna Harrison, ensuring their authenticity and collectibility.