YOLO Man Limited Edition Jewellery by Pamela Irving
YOLO is a social media term meaning You Only Live Once.
Irving developed her YOLO Man character while constructing huge mosaic figures for Melbourne’s Luna Park. YOLO Man is a happy character embracing life. YOLO Man is essentially a head with legs and sometimes an arm or two.
He now appears as a range of limited edition, acrylic jewellery - as necklaces, earrings and brooches. In this range of 5 designs, and a range of colours, he wears a homburg hat as a nod to famous Australian poet ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Pamela’s recent series “YOLO Man Waltzes Matilda”. One Figure has one bare leg and one wearing pants, a reference to Banjo Paterson, who always had one foot in the city and one in the outback. These pieces are quirky and collectable and a part of Pamela’s search for Australian Identity.
Materials: The earrings have sterling silver fixings.
Dimensions: Necklace length 35cm, YOLO man is 6.5cm x 6cm
Meet the Maker: Pamela Irving originally trained in ceramics and sculpture. She has been the recipient of several Arts Victoria and Australia Council Grants and Winner of the Shepparton Australia Day Award for Ceramics in 1994. Pamela works across media and her pieces adorn many public spaces in Melbourne and afar. They include the mosaic façade of the Luna Palace Building, Luna Park Melbourne and Larry La Trobe, the bronze dog standing in front of Melbourne’s Town Hall, large scale ceramic mural at the Shanghai American School, Shanghai and many other sculptures and murals around Melbourne. Pamela is based in Bentleigh, Melbourne where she has a large studio and gallery space. Pamela’s works are quirky and irreverent and she has created a niche market for her works both in the public and private domains.
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