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Meet the Artists

Blackbird’s Emporium 

martin-pedder-and-bec-peart-copyBec Peart and Martin Pedder have collaborated creatively for nearly two decades. They have produced props for gala events and street theatre, created costumes for conventions, and also once shared a retail outlet selling their creations. In more recent years their collaborative artwork has taken the form of assemblage sculptures, two of which have been award winners.  Bec and Martin’s style has been likened to ‘Steampunk’ and ‘Neo-Victoriana’, but mostly they just enjoy tinkering with old junk.

Both artists see the aesthetic potential in reclaimed materials, and work predominantly with recycled items. A strong interest in history draws them to old and discarded items that have their own story to bring to their creations. Their re-purposing of everyday items is also the artists’ way of promoting recycling in our modern throwaway society.

Martin is a graduate of NIDA’s Production Crafts Theatre course, and Bec has a background in commercial art and fashion design. The combined talents of this dynamic partnership bring together Martin’s use of large scale and theatrical, and Bec’s use of design, detail and fashion.