Just for Good Measure – Handmade brooch


How often do you find a steel ruler bent in thirds on the street? In my case, just once – and this is it. And how often do you find a red metal cap, possibly to a tyre valve, on the street? In my case, just once – and this is it. Put them together, call it Just for Good Measure, and voila! A unique brooch if ever there was one. It’s a bit heavy as brooches go, so suitable on a winter coat or jacket, not a sheer blouse.

Categories: , , , ,

I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch called Just for Good Measure from a bent metal ruler, a red metal cap and part of a belt buckle. I found all the bits and bobs needed to make it 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. 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.


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.