Metal and resin
Celebrate summer with a colorful sunflower. This bright sunflower broach is made out of jeweler’s brass, copper and resin. The 3D brass flower is shaped using the ancient art of Chasing and Repoussé, which is still practiced the same way it was dating back to 3,000 B.C. Repoussé refers to a technique in which metal is shaped by hammering the back side of a piece to create a relief design. Chasing refers to a similar technique, but the piece is hammered on the front side to develop detail. A bowl of pitch is used to support the metal during this process. A famous example of Chasing and Repoussé is the mask of the King Tut (Tutankhamen) mummy. I painted the flower bright yellow and gave it a blue bead center. The distressed finish gives it an aged look. I then made an antiqued copper frame to compliment the flower. The pin backing on the frame makes the piece a wearable broach. I then anchored it in red swirled resin within the copper frame. The resin has a translucent quality that changes the appearance of the piece when held up to the light.
Boise, Idaho is Valerie’s home. She finds inspiration all around her in this great city that is a combination of rural and city living. Valerie strives to create art with positive energy, art that will inspire others. In 2002 she began painting flowers and landscapes on porcelain. She became fascinated with turning discarded flatware, especially family heirloom pieces, into wearable art in 2015. The natural progression lead her into metal smithing where she has studied this art form for the last two years at Boise State University. You will see influences of all these art forms reflected in her unique pieces.
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