This brooch was originally made for my degree show over 10 years ago. As you can see from the images, the resin and photographs that have been set into the sterling silver frame are still looking as bright and colourful as the day I made it.
This piece is a one-off.
This brooch features the view of Arran from my childhood home and includes the cranes of Hunterston terminal which is currently being demolished. This view has been the same for my whole life, though my family can remember a time before the cranes, and are looking forward to seeing the skyline over the Cumbraes and Arran unblemished by industrial features!
The phrase “the clouds are hiding” is a comment made on the many trips over to Arran. We would often look out the window in the morning before travelling to Arran for a holiday, it would be raining with clouds obscuring our view to Arran. I once commented “I hope the clouds are hiding something” and when we got over we discovered it was a beautiful day on the island, the clouds and rain were all hovering over the mainland, and had been hiding a glorious day.
This brooch measures 10 cm by 1.9 cm and is about 4mm deep from the top of the resin to the back of the brooch. The brooch fastening is a steel pin with a silver tube hinge and silver revolver catch. The pin is around 9cm long so this would fit through a larger quantity of fabric, perhaps a heavy scarf or a wide lapel. The sterling silver frame was made by casting and has a textured finish with the hallmark on the bottom left corner.