My practice incorporates the technique of metal collage to make jewellery and objects that examine an idea of “Australian-ness”. Issues of colonialism and multiculturalism are addressed using the images of kitsch Australiana found on old biscuit tins and other historical imagery that I print onto metal. I rearrange and reconstruct these images to create fantastical hybrid creatures and strange altered landscapes. My work is part Aussie folk craft, part comment on cultural intervention and part humorous acknowledgement of the hybrid nature of contemporary Australian society.The incorporation of humour into my work acts as a buffer, a kind of cushioning around the more difficult elements of Australia’s dark history. This is not to say that I want to make light of serious issues, rather that humour puts the viewer at ease and in so doing, they’re more comfortable to investigate the ideas further.