Snail’s Pace – Handmade Brooch


I loved that scrunched pull tab – but what to do with it? Put a shell (well, two pieces of thick pre-bent wire) on its back, and it became a snail. But in case you aren’t into snails, think of it as an abstract work of art.

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I created this one-of-a-kind 3x5cm handmade brooch, Snail’s Pace, at River Studios. It is made from a small piece of wood, two bent pieces of thick wire, and a crushed pull top. I found all the bits and bobs to make this brooch on the streets of Melbourne.

I normally 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 I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual brooch exhibition. I entered–and found that making brooches is great fun. In 2019 I displayed my brooches in the Australian National Brooch Show at the Fitzroy and Eltham public libraries. In 2020, my brooches were in the Wearable Art exhibition at The Old Auction House in Kyneton and online in Survival Kit at the University of Melbourne George Paton Gallery.

As part of Geelong and Melbourne Design Weeks in 2021, my brooches featured in exhibitions at the Reimaginarium in Geelong and at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery, in both the Prahran and Fitzroy shops as well as online.