Tonight I was in the audience of The Project, especially to see Darren Hayes on the desk.
(For those who might not have known me for long, I’m a Darren Hayes super fan – he was the singer of Savage Garden and now has a solo career. He’s touring soon. I’ve been a fan since I was 14, and now I’m 41.)
In a recent Instagram live, Darren said that he’s into brooches, and he has commented on some of mine in photos. So I set out to collect a few brooches for him – some of which relate to his music, his dog and also one of the brooches of mine that he admired. I gave the gift to The Project staff to pass on.
When I met him briefly with his other fans tonight, he thanked me for the gift and pointed to his jacket. He was wearing the dog brooch – I said it’s Hux in a Tux. We had a selfie, I told him I loved him, thanked him for always making me feel special, he squeezed my hand, and it was amazing.
I attached a brooch explainer to the card I gave him – some of what I wrote:
Bobbi Frances dog brooch – he looks like your Huxley.
Curious Carousel ‘Beehive in Bloom’ honeycomb brooch – because you liked my honeycomb brooch.
Erstwilder ‘One in one thousand’ crane brooch – reminded me of This Delicate Thing We Made.
Erstwilder ‘Siren’s Call’ mermaid pin – my fave song from Secret Codes and Battleships is The Siren’s Call.
Haus of Dizzy ‘Fuck the patriarchy’ pin – a theme in your press for Homosexual. (Haus of Dizzy is an Aboriginal maker.)
Pins by Suri pride flower pin – because love is love.
I know that seeing him live in the studio the brief meeting tonight will have me on cloud nine for a while now. So so happy 💕
Thank you Darren for coming home, for making new music and for the upcoming tour. And thank you for making time for your fans.
Images: 1. A selfie of Darren Hayes and Carly Findlay – both wearing interesting brooches and dapper jackets, and masks. 2. A gift box with a lot of brooches in it.