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