I am a collector of the discarded. I want the things that previously held meaning, no matter how aged or tattered they might be. Once deserted, these items are stripped of their history and significance. These are the things I seek – and I honor them through the language of jewelry.
This collection of brooches investigates issues of abandonment. The materials I use come from the ruins of dilapidated homes – singular puzzle pieces from lives I’ll never know. Loss of sentiment links directly in relation to Victorian jewelry, when the idea of mourning jewelry was conceived to evoke the remembrance of lost loved ones. Materials used consisted of jet stone, porcelain, photographs, hair belonging to those lost, and other precious personal items. I’m correlating this notion to contemporary craft by using the non-precious belongings of strangers.
Altering these objects into brooches explores a new narrative by letting deserted objects embrace new meaning. As wearable pieces, these belongings now have a permanent home and focus on the relationship between the jewelry and the wearer. These disremembered objects are adorned with details only seen through interaction and imposition. Their main function is to create a secret connection with only those who explore the pieces. To find the relationship, we must cross the lines between curiosity and vulnerability. The objects are non-precious, stained, and tatty – but beauty is there if you’re willing to peek.