I made this one-of-a-kind brooch, Brumby 2, from painted pieces of tile and metal I found on the streets of Melbourne. It is for sale from the Incube8r Gallery, Fitzroy, online shop.
I normally create wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal and tiles I find. Recently, however, I had a chance to think smaller.
Through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Powers from New Orleans. She regularly encouraged me to try something ‘jewellery sized’, but I never had.
Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual Australian National Brooch Show.
I hunted through my collection of trash looking for smooth backing pieces and tiny pieces of metal. I bought a packed of brooch clips, then started experimenting.
Making brooches is great fun. Five of my pieces were on display in the 2019 Australian National Brooch Show. Several others have sold at Incube8r Gallery in Fitzroy and Prahran, and at the River Studios Christmas Market. Now they are available through my online shop as well.