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Abstract in Gold – Miniature brooch

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If you need a miniature brooch, light-weight to pin to a blouse or scarf, this fills the bill. It has a very unusual design – perhaps a golden angel with long hair, or flames in a fireplace, or liquid gold in a smelter. Or as the Thai people would say, ‘Arai gadai!’ (‘Whatever!’).

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I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch called Abstract in Gold on a textured 2x2cm piece of tile. The gold design is a piece of plastic – though it looks quite impressive.  I found all the bits and bobs needed to make this brooch on the streets during my daily walks.

Normally I create wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal and tiles I find on the streets of Melbourne. However, through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Powers from New Orleans. She encouraged me to try making jewellery from the objects I found on the street, but I never had.

How I became a brooch designer

Then in 2019, I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its Australian National Brooch Show at the Fitzroy and Eltham public libraries. I displayed five of my brooches–and found that making them is great fun. In 2020, my brooches were in Wearable Art at The Old Auction House in Kyneton and online in Survival Kit at the University of Melbourne George Paton Gallery.

In 2021, as part of Geelong and Melbourne Design Weeks, my brooches were featured in exhibitions at The Reimaginarium in Geelong and again at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. A special series using handmade 19th-Century nails from a friend’s roof are in the 2021 Australian National Brooch show from May to October 2021 at the Fitzroy and Eltham Public Libraries, and a wide range of my brooches is at CoLab Arts in the Park in The Pavilion at Fitzroy Gardens from July to September 2021.

You can find my brooches at Incube8r Gallery

And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery, in both the Fitzroy and Prahran shops, as well as online. They are also available during July to September 2021 at CoLab Arts in the Park in Fitzroy Gardens at The Pavilion (near the Tudor Village).