Ginuary 14th: Tatty Devine Gin Brooch.

It’s been a while since I’ve done this category! I do feel like it’s a bit of a cop-out but at the same time I like to share exciting gin-related finds and it’s also a good excuse to enable me to buy things.

This brooch was actually a gift from my sister a couple of Christmases ago. According to the jeweller’s website, the brooch is made using high quality French enamel techniques, so the white label is smooth and shiny and the green bottle areas have a lovely speckled texture. It was always a treasured item of mine but really hit the forefront of my mind toward the end of last year when the gallery I work for opened an exhibition of the artists who inspired the pin.


Gilbert and George are an artist (singular) who I didn’t ever really look into when I first set my eyes on their Tatty Devine collection; all I knew was that the collection featured gin bottles and I wanted it. Maybe not the cuff links, but the brooch and necklace, sure. I blame my Tatty Devine interest on Noel Fielding, but that’s another story for another day.

So back in November, Gilbert and George’s exhibition opened at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. It’s a fairly sizeable exhibition, with works spanning their entire career. Back in the early to mid-70s, after their first substantial success, they made a series of works based around drinking (because they had money and could afford to drink). A couple of the drinking series pieces are at MONA and feature Gordons. “Gordons makes us drunk” comes chanting out of the video rooms every hour or so. It still took me a few days to put two and two together; I can’t remember what exactly it was that finally caused me to twig but one evening after work I dug my brooch out and right there on the back were the same names! What larks! And a beautiful excuse to wear my gin brooch to work every day. 

If you feel any inclination to buy me the necklace, I won’t complain.