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, I embrace the unknown. 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 – now lone puzzle pieces from the lives I’ll never know. Loss of sentiment links directly in relation to Victorian jewelry. The Victorian Era birthed the notion of mourning jewelry – in 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 nonprecious belongings of strangers.
Altering these objects into brooches explores a new narrative by letting deserted objects embrace a new meaning. As wearable pieces, these belongings now have to a permanent home and focus on the relationship between the wearer and the jewelry. These disremembered objects are adorned with details only seen through interaction – imposition. The main function is creating 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 nonprecious, stained, and tatty – but beauty is there if you’re willing to peek.