Two brooches and a book
Paper, ink, steel wire.
For this special commission the focus has been to create a jewel that could communicate what is valuable for us. What could be more precious than the possibility of understanding and sharing our human experience through language? Thesaurus is the Greek word for treasure. These two brooches are physically made from the richness and the joy of the language: paper, ink, and meaning.
Each ovals, a shape that is deeply rooted in the language of jewellery as one of the most traditional forms used for cameos and faceted stones, has been carved in the materiality of words to reveal and to celebrate both its simplicity and its complexity. What a light way of carrying so much!
My approach to this search for what is worthy and can be shared as a common good has been kept intentionally simple in terms of materials and technical solution. A simple steel wire holds the shape and allows the work to be worn as a brooch.
One of the brooches will be included in the Time Capsule. The other one will be kept with us. The book will be donated to the Artist Books Collection at Teesside University Library, to remain there as the exhausted carved mine, from where the valuable raw material was extracted.