Open the Window and Greet the Day – Handmade brooch


It always amazes me what simple pieces of bent wire found on the streets can become. In the case of these two pieces, they suggested a happy figure and a window. What better way to greet the day than wearing this brooch!

I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch called Open the Window and Greet the Day from two pieces of thick wire mounted on a ceramic tile. I found the materials for this brooch on the street 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 were in the 2021 Australian National Brooch Show. A wide range of my brooches was at CoLab Arts in the Park in The Pavilion at Fitzroy Gardens from July to September 2021. In 2022, they were featured in the exhibition Gold Rush at The Old Auction House.


This particular brooch was on display in the exhibition From Then to Now at The Old Auction House in Kyneton, then in CoLab Arts in the Park at The Pavilion in Fitzroy Gardens, both in 2021.  In 2022, it was also featured in my solo exhibition In the Drawer: The Silver Lining at the Melbourne City Library.


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