1. quite long väli II. brooch. painted wood, quartz, oxidate silver
2. Quite long väli III. brooch. painted wood, marble, oxidate silver
3. Quite long väli III. brooch. painted wood, marble, oxidate silver
4. Mutual grafting. brooch. painted wood, smoked quartz, silver, steel
5. Initial distance (almost clear). brooch-pendant. quartz, nickel silver, silver, steel
6. White (and this little black) visible väli. double brooch. oxided silver, painted wood, marble, pearls, calcite beads, onyx beads
7. germinate red väli. brooch. painted wood, coral, oxidate silver
8. red sentimental väli. double brooch. painted wood, coral beads, pink glass beads, oxidate silver
9. hidden joints or one private and curve trophy. brooch. painted wood, smoked quartz, steel
10. Properous pruning. brooch. stone, oxidate silver, onix beads, glass beads, steel
11. Mourning of that beauty. brooch. painted wood, onix, onix beads, thread, steel
12. several joints signals or one plain and dark trophy. brooch. horn, quartz, gold, oxidate silver
13. Several joints signals or one plain and dark trophy. brooch. horn, quartz, gold, oxidate silver
14. initial distance (almost apparent). brooch. painted wood, quartz, silver, glass beads, steel
15. never-ending joints. brooch. horn, quartzite, sterling silver, steel wire
16. shadowy joints. brooch. horn, quartzite, graphite, sterling silver, steel wire
17. germinal joints. brooch. horn, quartzite, graphite, sterling silver, steel wire
18. here you have some more questions. double brooch-necklace. quartzite, white agate, wood, glass beads, graphite, acrylic plastic, silver, cotton thread
A collection of brooches on the idea of healing cuts. More cordial changes, 2007
When our linguistic environment changes and we immerse in a language still unknown for us, we sense a strangeness feeling that can be very stimulating. For a short time we can appreciate the new language from our absolute ignorance, before we can establish any connexion, without understanding the structure of repetitions. This situation is exceptional and valuable. Our attention is kept in that inexplicable magma out of which emerge small elements that we can recognise. Some words capture our attention for its unlikely tone while other words attract us for the things they name, for the concept they portray.
Last year I felt this rewarding surprise with the Suomi, the Finnish language. And, with special intensity, with the word “väli”, that conveys a number of meanings that in my mother tongue need different words to name them all.
“Väli” means the space existing between two things, the distance, the relationship among them. This word seemed to name exactly something I had tried to show in the material with which I was working.
Gemma Draper, 2007