The physical forms and geometric patterns found throughout biology inspired the aesthetics of my work, but also lead to the development of an erudite language for the brooch mechanisms. Simple mechanisms including springs and hinges negotiate the inherit qualities of fabric; utilising tension, stretch, weave and resistance to allow the brooches to attach without the use of traditional pins or clasps. The brooch has remained a fascination in my practice and works within a particular definition for my purposes; by ‘brooch’ I do not mean an item purely of decoration, nor work made in the traditions of jewellery, though I choose to allow those traditions to influence the way the work is perceived and read. In a most general way I mean Brooch as a term for describing the physical situation of small sculptures that interact with and are in a state of function when attached to fabric in relation to the body.
I also produce a small range of traditional jewellery, for retail at Lord Coconut (Melbourne) and Design Tasmania (Launceston).