Wired for Sound – Handmade brooch


I loved this tile when I found it – just one, and not sure where it had come from. The two sets of ‘earphones’ are pieces of metal, also from who knows what and who knows where. To me, this brooch looks neat and tidy, to wear to someplace formal, as well as weird and wonderful, to wear out raging wherever!

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I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch called Wired for Sound from two pieces of metal that look vaguely like earphones, mounted on a white tile with a bluish-brown edge. 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.

How I became a brooch designer

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, again in the Australian National Brooch Show, and in Covid-Themed Jewelry, an international online exhibition organised by the Art Jewelry Forum in San Antonio, Texas. They are in the 2023 Australian National Brooch Show as well. 

Where you can find my brooches

And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery @incube8r in Fitzroy, as well as online.