Unlinked Sync – Handmade brooch


I wasn’t sure what this brooch turned out to be. In a way, it reminded me of an abstract version of the famous photo The Sunbaker by Max Dupain, but then I thought, that’s a bit of a stretch. So perhaps synchronised chain links are a closer approximation.

I created this one-of-a-kind 5x5cm handmade brooch called Unlinked Sync at River Studios. It is made from three pieces of bent wire, mounted on a chunk of cement with a light blue painted band at the bottom. All of the bits and bobs to make this brooch I found on the streets during my daily walks.

I normally create wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal, tiles and plastic I find on the streets and beaches of Melbourne and other places where I work or travel. 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 Wearable Art 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 were featured in exhibitions at The Reimaginarium in Geelong and again at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery in  Fitzroy and their online shops, as well as at Dimora Designs at the Fyansford Paper Mill in Geelong.