Here’s Looking at You Kid 1- Handmade brooch


Here’s looking at you kid – as immortalised by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. What other name could I give to a brooch with such wistful eyes?

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I created this one-of-a-kind 2x6cm handmade brooch called Here’s Looking at You, Kid 1 from a rectangular piece of pink and black granite, plastic and washers. 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.

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 wnow ere in the 2021 Australian National Brooch show at the Fitzroy and Eltham Public Libraries.

My brooches are available through Incube8r Gallery, in both the Fitzroy shop and online.