Dingle Dangle – Handmade brooch


Dingle dangle and jingle jangle – this brooch is a mover and shaker! The forerunner of this brooch was made by Creativity Cluster artist Deidre Ogilvie when she came to my studio – she shared her paints with me and I shared my junk with her. Her version was held together by a toothpick and it had more jangly bits. However, to make it wearable, I had to glue the squished spring to a mount, then limit the number of bits so that they could hang flat.

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I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch called Dingle Dangle from a thin, blue and white paint-spattered piece of cement, a flattened white spring, and three pieces of metal: one with hanging bits, one bent in two curls, one horseshoe shaped. 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. They were also 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 were in the 2021 Australian National Brooch Show from May to October at the Fitzroy and Eltham Public Libraries. An even wider range of my brooches was at CoLab Arts in the Park in The Pavilion at Fitzroy Gardens from July to September 2021.

In 2022, my brooches were featured in the exhibition Gold Rush at The Old Auction House and again in the Australian National Brooch Show. They were also in Covid-Themed Jewelry, an international online exhibition organised by the Art Jewelry Forum in San Antonio, Texas.

Where you can find my brooches

And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery @incube8r in Fitzroy and Dimora Designs @dimora_designs at the Fyansford Paper Mill @fyansfordpapermill in Geelong, as well as online.