Embracing happy accidents and leftovers from the creative process, Nounua's Lost Oddities project has evolved into a series of colourful brooches. They're available to buy from her site, with 50% of the proceeds going to a very worthy cause...

A few months back we ran a piece on Lost Oddities, an ongoing project by Nounua – aka Cork-based artist Gráinne Nagle – embracing the creative potential of leftovers and happy accidents. Gráinne's love of layering led to experiments with tissue paper collage, and while cutting out shapes she soon became fascinated with the off-cuts. Having moved the project on to encompass laser cut wooden sculpture, she's now created a series of Lost Oddities brooches.

Here's Gráinne to tell us more about the project and the charity she chose to donate half the proceeds to. "As part of my on going project Lost Oddities, I've created these pieces of wearable art. Twenty-four unique pieces have been created in total, with each piece made up of a combination of shapes creating a symbolic visual metaphor for vulnerability."

"The objective of selling this collection online is to give half of the proceeds to the Focus Ireland charity. Homeless people are incredibly vulnerable and right now in Ireland 6,709 people are homeless – 2,426 of those are children – the latest figures are the highest ever recorded. By buying one of these brooches, you will also be helping those who need it most. My objective is reach €250, and it would be amazing if it was possible to do this by Christmas."

Each Lost Oddities brooch is unique, laser cut and painted by hand in a variety of eye-catching hues. Measuring approximately 4–5cm wide, each brooch has been finished with a clear protective top coat before being wrapped in tissue paper and presented in a lined recycled cardboard box. Did someone say perfect stocking filler? Visit Nounua's site to buy your brooch today (see below image for links). At the time of writing, there were only nine brooches left, so get yours while you can. 


Buy Lost Oddities brooches here

Read our feature on Nounua's Lost Oddities project here

See Nounua's screenprints on Look Up here