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I am happy to share with all of you more images of wonderful brooches from artists around the word. I had so many submissions on my first call that I had to create a second part exhibition.
This exhibition focuses on a side of the brooch we usually do not pay much attention to: the back side. Our first look is naturally always trained at the front, but when we do take the time to look at the back of a brooch, it will oftentimes reveal a surprising aspect for us, a delightful little secret. With this exhibition, I would like to let you in on that secret, something that typically only the maker and the wearer know about. I hope you will enjoy with me this selection of brooches by makers from all over the world.
Curator: Lorena Angulo
Exhibition: December 14 - January 14
Imaginary Books from “In Principio erat Verbum…” Series, 2011.
Silver, engraved,oxidized copper and paint.
1.8 x 3 x 0.4 in.
Photo: Josep Maria Oliveras
Rendered Brooch No. 4, 2009.
Sterling silver, copper, vitreous enamel, steel; hand drawn, etched, kiln-fired enamel in constructed setting with hand fabricated brooch finding.
5 x 2.25 x 0.2 in.
Photo: Emily Watson
Down by the sea, 2012.
Copper, mixed media, sea shells, iron wire, pearls, stones.
2 ½ x 1 ½ x ¼ in.
Photo: Tara Locklear
Floral Embroidery-Pixel 6.2, 2012.
Stainless steel, thread; laser cut, hand embroidery, fabricated.
4.9 x 3.1 x 0.4 in.
Photo: Heng Lee
Pierced No. 3, 2008.
Sterling silver; hand pierced, fabricated.
2 ½ x 2 ½ x ¾ in.
Photo: Allyson Bone
Sterling, 18k, brass, ping pong ball, velvet; fabricated, fused, melted.
2 x 3/8 in.
Photo: Andy Cooperman
14 Months, 2012.
Fine silver, glass beads, freshwater pearls, silk thread, photograph, resin, acrylic paint.
1.61 x 0.79 in.
Photo: Marsha Thomas
Cement, brass, copper, sterling silver, steel, powder coat, fiber, pigment; fabricated, soldered.
3 x 3 x 3 in.
Photo: Demitra Thomloudis
Remembrance, Through the Window (II), 2011.
Sterling silver, acrylic, stainless steel wire; CAD/CAM, cast, hand pierced. 2 x 2.5 x 0.7 in.
Photo: Samantha Vincent
Bling Brooch #5, 2008.
Plastic, sterling silver, 14K gold, diamond; cast plastic, sandblasted, hand cut. 3 x 1.5 x 2 in.
Photo: Mary Hallam Pearse
Painted Decay #2 brooch, 2010.
Silver, 9ct red gold, copper, enamel; patina captured in enamel.
2.4 x 2.8 x 0.6 in.
Photo: Kirsty Sumerling
Argentium silver; repousse , granulation.
2 ½ x 2 ½ in.
Photo: Hap Sakwa
Cafe Estrella, 2002.
Sterling silver, found object, patina; cast, constructed.
1 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 3/8 in.
Photo: Alex Jordan
Rococo Landscape, 2006.
Oxidized sterling silver, mixed media image on sterling silver, 14K gold, 23K gold leaf, stainless steel (pin stems); fabricated and cold connected. 2 ¼ x 3 5/8 x 3/8 in.
Photo: Bill Pogue. Private Collection
Re-purposed materials, silver, copper, ivory recycled from piano keys previous to the year 1911, hand carved amber from Chiapas; hand stamped, riveted, patinated.
2.75 x 2.75 x 1.5 in.
Photo: Jesse Bert
405 Summit Kitchen Sink, 2012.
Found metal, copper, enamel, brass; dye formed, enameled, cold connections.
2 x 1 ½ x ¼ in.
Photo: Kat Cole
Edmond Ranguette, 2011.
Silver, steel bottle cap, baby button, porcelain, gypsum powder; hand fabricated, rapid prototyped.
2.5 x 2 x 0.75 in.
Photo: Kevin Montague
Object of Sentiment #5, 2008.
Vintage fabric, doilies, thread, silver; sewn,soldered.
3 ¾ x 2 ¾ x 1 ¼ in.
Photo: Renee Zettle-Sterling
Look for me under your boot soles: a mechanical reliquary, 2012.
Copper, sterling and fine silver, brass, lazertran, mica, acetate, found objects; fabricated, riveted, patinated.
2.25 x 1.62 x 1 in.
Photo: Kimberly Nogueira
Polite Clapper brooch, 2009.
Aluminum, brass, doll shoes, paint, steel wire; hand-cut, folded, soldered, riveted, tabbed.
2 x 3 x 1.5 in.
Photo: Gary Schott
About the curator:
Sacred Milagro Heart, 2012.
Sterling silver clay, stainless steel wire, LOS patina;
hand sculpted, carved, fabricated.
1.96 x 1.55 x 0.45 in.
Photo: Marsha Thomas
Lorena grew up in Mexico and the time she spent there amongst the beautiful and traditional Mexican Folk Art shows in her body of work that she loves to create. Each of Lorena's intriguing creations seems to hold an untold secret that keeps you guessing its true meaning with each glance.
She has become a very active artist in metal clay wearable art. Her work has been featured in several books, magazines, and publications of the Precious Metal Clay Guild, and countless on line articles and industry websites.
Lorena was asked to be one of the jurors next to Robert Ebendorf, Celie Fago and Kelly Russell for the PMC Annual 5.
Lorena is the author of the coming up book, Behind the Brooch. Behind the brooch: A closer look at backs, catches and pin stems will be published by Schiffer Publishing in February, 2014.