Jewellery and Accessories: Upcycling


You will explore working with a variety of reclaimed materials and upcycling to create new jewellery and accessory wearables. 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 / upcycled treasures supplied by student, these could include (but not limited to): jewellery, clothing, hats, bags, opshopped curiosities, old toys, reclaimed haberdashery / trim etc etc
  • 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.

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You will 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 deconstruct eg. jewellery, clothing, accessories, opshopped curiosities, old toys etc etc
  • Ideas and inpsiration 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.

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