Bro.och /  July 11 - August 9  2014

A collection of brooches for all, especially men and manly men

 

Featuring Nick Bastian,  Bifei Cao, Simon Cottrell, Elisabeth Holder, Godwin Baum, Catherine Truman, Johannes Kuhnen, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Marcus Foley, Sue Lorraine, Phoebe Porter, Mark Vaarwerk, Kath Inglis, Cinnamon Lee, Losje Skala, Jill Hermans, Nellie Peoples, Eugenie Keefer Bell, and Mio Kuhnen.

 

This year we are banishing the long held stigma of the brooch, removing the bad 80’s connotations, the old lady tags and embracing the ‘anything goes’ style!  Because one should never underestimate the power of a good accessory to draw attention, to heighten ones appearance and to instigate stimulating conversation. While many archetypes of jewellery are often associated with the feminine, we are blowing the cobwebs out of this old stereotype and this year Bilk is bent on seeing more gentleman donning a brooch or pin to their often bare lapels. We have set our sights at not just on the finely dressed dapper men, but to the rugged and everyday bloke who could just as easily pull off great brooch given a little bit of encouragement. 

 

For Bro..och we have collected a diverse range of makers who have created a wide selection of brooches and pins ready to adorn the chests of Canberra's most discerning men and women (because men shouldn’t have all the fun). 

 

Bilk’s co-director Mio Kuhnen says “I grew up with my father adoring brooches, and every jacket had its own special brooch. Working with public servants I have noticed how blank and lacking their jackets are without brooches. This year I want to make the brooch become the accessory for both men and women.  The exhibition is also well timed as the Canberra winter is moving in and more empty jackets are appearing and begging to be adorned.”

 

 

Bifei Cao
Bifei Cao

"Shying" Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel Pin

Simon Cottrell
Simon Cottrell

"Simple Complex Reed" brooch. Monel, 666 Green Gold, stainless steel

Simon Cottrell
Simon Cottrell

"Within Rectangle 2" brooch. Monel, Stainless Steel

Simon Cottrell
Simon Cottrell

"Within Rectangle 4" brooch. Monel, Stainless Steel

Godwin Baum
Godwin Baum

Fibular, 925 Silver Blackened

Mark Vaarwerk
Mark Vaarwerk

Crayon Brooch. Black, 9ct Gold, 9ct white gold

Mark Vaarwerk
Mark Vaarwerk

Crayon Brooches.

Mark Vaarwerk
Mark Vaarwerk

Crayon brooch. Black, 18ct yellow gold, 9ct white gold

Mark Vaarwerk
Mark Vaarwerk

Crayon brooch. Black, sterling silver, 18ct white gold

Johannes Kuhnen
Johannes Kuhnen

Brooch, found rock segments, anodised titanium, stainless steel

Johannes Kuhnen
Johannes Kuhnen

Brooch, found rock segments, anodised titanium and aluminium, stainless steel

Johannes Kuhnen
Johannes Kuhnen

Brooch, found rock segments (3), anodised titanium, stainless steel

Johannes Kuhnen
Johannes Kuhnen

Brooch, found rock segments, anodised titanium, stainless steel

Marcus Foley
Marcus Foley

"Ideal Variation (type A)" brooch, 925 silver, reclaimed ceramic, beach pebble, stainless steel

Marcus Foley
Marcus Foley

"Ideal Variation (type D)" brooch, 925 silver, reclaimed ceramic, beach pebble, stainless steel

Marcus Foley
Marcus Foley

"Ideal Variation (type C)" brooch, 925 silver, reclaimed ceramic, beach pebble, stainless steel

Lousje Skala
Lousje Skala

Large oval ripple brooch. ABS vacuum aluminium, bright chrome tint, stainless steel

Lousje Skala
Lousje Skala

Large oval ripple brooch. ABS vacuum aluminium, pale blue epoxy tint, stainless steel

Lousje Skala
Lousje Skala

Large oval dimple brooch. ABS vacuum aluminium, dark chrome tint, stainless steel

Cinnamon Lee
Cinnamon Lee

Brooch Side ways #1 Circles to Hearts, pink orange 925 Silver, paint 35 x 35mm

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen

Beach Brooch, 925 Silver, enamel

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen

Beach Brooch, 925 Silver, enamel

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen

Coral Cod Brooch, 925 Silver, enamel, cloinsenie gold

Carlier Makigawa
Carlier Makigawa

Brooch, Sterling Silver, painted expanded styrene

Kath Inglis
Kath Inglis

Rock Brooch. Dyed and cut PVC

Catherine Truman
Catherine Truman

Lucky Fish brooch. blackened cast sterling silver (from original in wood) Lucky Fish brooch. 22ct Gold plated, cast sterling silver (from original in wood) Boat Brooch, blackened cast sterling silver

Catherine Truman
Catherine Truman

Boat Brooch, blackened cast sterling silver

Catherine Truman
Catherine Truman

Lucky Fish brooch. 22ct Gold plated, cast sterling silver (from original in wood)

Eugenie Keefer Bell
Eugenie Keefer Bell

Winter series: Ice fields #1 brooch, sterling silver, stainless steel 26 x 26 mm

Mio Kuhnen
Mio Kuhnen

Drought to flood series #2. 925 Blackened Silver, enamel, stainless steel

Mio Kuhnen
Mio Kuhnen

Drought to flood series #2. 925 Silver, enamel, stainless steel

Mio Kuhnen
Mio Kuhnen

Then the rain came. 925 silver, enamel, stainless steel

Mio Kuhnen
Mio Kuhnen

Dry lake 925 Blackened Silver, enamel, stainless steel