Rocket Man – Handmade brooch


Can you remember back to 1972, when Elton John first sang Rocket Man? If not, I’m sure you’ve heard it many times since then. This is my take, a brooch made from metal and ceramic found on the streets of Melbourne, to celebrate this classic song.

I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch called Rocket Man from a blue and white ceramic piece, a rocket shaped hunk of metal, and a weirdly shaped piece of metal with a ‘head’ and four ‘arms’. 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 were in the 2021 Australian National Brooch Show from May to October at the Fitzroy and Eltham Public Libraries, and 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 have been featured in the exhibition Gold Rush at The Old Auction House, and again in the Australian National Brooch Show.


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