The Collections Project

Kath Inglis

Museum of Economic Botany


PVC has been the dominant material used by Adelaide-based contemporary jeweller Kath Inglis for over 15 years. She has developed and mastered techniques that elevate the material, creating jewel-like works from this widely-produce plastic.

In 2019 Kath will investigate the Botanic Gardens of South Australia’s Marine Algae Collection. Through the lens of ‘values”, Kath will examine the Marine Algae Collection within the context of the broader holdings of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia while also considering the impact of plastic waste on marine health.

The opportunity to undertake independent research at the State Herbarium and at the Museum of Economic Botany will be a rich experience for my contemporary craft practice. I can’t wait to get in there, explore and see how this experience will shape the future of my work.’

New work developed by Kath will be exhibited at the Museum of Economic Botany in July/August 2019.


Image: Kath Inglis, Protea Brooch, detail, 2018, Heat fused layers of coloured, cut and carved Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) + stainless steel. Photographed by Craig Arnold.