An artist has found inspiration for jewellery in pigeon droppings. Frances Wadsworth-Jones from Ealing, west London, who studied silversmithing and jewellery at Glasgow School of Art, creates brooches using crushed precious and semi-precious gems which sell for up to £2,500.
She said it "played on the idea" that bird droppings landing on someone was
"lucky". Ms Wadsworth-Jones, 30, said she was inspired to create the 'Heaven Sent'
collection of brooches on her journeys from Ealing to the Royal College of Art
when she was completing a Masters degree.
She said: "I like to try and find beauty in the unexpected and I quite often
look at the floor. Ealing is great for inspiration. People must think I'm mad because I have to take pictures of poo too. I've
got hundreds," she added.
Asked why she thinks people want to look like they have a pigeon dropping on
their lapel, she said: "The stain is very intimate, something that you wouldn't
want and you're turning it into something beautiful." A lot of the brooches have been sold in the Netherlands, she said. "You definitely need a sense of humour to wear one," she added.