June brooch: wood (sapele), ink, silver, oxidised silver, steel pin. 80mm x 80mm x 25mm.
For most of June I was making a brooch inspired by flowers, however, after the events of 23rd June I needed to make a piece that allowed me to explore the way I felt.
The themes of immigration, economic efficiency and trade dominated the referendum debate and result. But post-vote millions of people are grieving because they believe that collaboration, cooperation and looking outward is the best way forward for living in today’s world; that where you were born or what you look like should not be a barrier; and working towards other themes like equality, justice and environmental sustainability is as vital as economics.For many people being part of the EU symbolised and went towards delivering this.So this month’s brooch is both an acknowledgement of this incredible sadness and a tribute to those who in a climate of raw divisiveness will continue to strive for inclusivity and solidarity. (£395)