“I always had empathy for objects, and in my practice in recent years, I have become more specifically interested in collecting those awkward and sometimes ugly fragments, those hidden beauties, those components that were intended for life as jewellery. I try to provide them with a new opportunity, a chance to sing again or to sing at last. I have a great clamoring collection, all demanding attention, each one such a handful that I keep them tucked away, restless in their boxes, waiting for their day to shine. Is their oily smile, their rugged gesture, the rust of their metal, the giggle of the plastics, the wink of glass, the jungle of material emotions locked in these fragments, that I am looking to give room for expression”.
Extract from PREMIO COMINELLI catalogue 2015, p. 14.
Helen Britton, Horse brooch from the CORNUCOPIA exhibition at SIENNA PATTI Gallery, 10 August – 3 September 2012
HELEN BRITTON, Knife Garden, Silver (925), steel, vintage glass, diamonds, 2012
[© By the author via KLIMT02] ● SCHIAPARELLI, Embroidered gown from Haute Couture Fall/Winter collection 2016 [source: Vogue.com via Pinterest]