PVC tape, silk thread, brass, paint
Latest comment from wearer Eloise Sept/October 2011:
I found this brooch surprisingly easy to ear despite its box like nature. I did notice it, feel it while wearing it, but it seems to have survived being bumped & brushed. It was slightly disconcerting to discover the weaving/netting moved. I always thought I was potentially stretching or re-arranging it. Most comments I received likened the brooch to a cage, one person thought a washing/clothes basket! Often got suggesting that something should be inside the case, one or two offers to make something to put inside. These functional readings of the brooch I found curious. I assume the weaving/netting appearance lent the piece to these functional interpretations, rather than people seeing it as purely sculptural or decorative – which is more common for brooches. My only suggestion in terms of construction is possibly a couple of bars joining the front corners top & bottom. (see picture)
As I had a couple of people try and squeeze this piece from the top & bottom & the bars do move a little. This may of course affect the ability to weave the thread and tape around the structure.