I plan to make a set of the brooches. The First will be consisting of three steps to resemble a wing, all three will begin with this design. The steps will be made of copper, then transparent enamels will be put on top of them, the tip of the brooch will be a fabricated piece. The Second will have the same construction, but each stepped piece will have a pierced pattern which will be filled using Plique a Jour, the tip will be a pointed semi-domed shape. The Third piece will be carved out of wood, with metal riveted to it, the tip will be riveted together and will have two spring-attached barrels.
My concept behind this piece is that of war. But a different take. My Midterm piece was a piece that was meant to have seen battle, and bear the scars, very heavy and very masculine. This piece will tell a different story. With this series I hope to show the aftermath of conflict. One of the first results of war is death, death of sons, fathers, brothers, and husbands. This is the majority, the look I went for is one of tears, while many men wore metals on the battlefield, many women wore tears at home. The wing imagery from my first piece is present, but changed to resemble more of a teardrop. The other very vague image I played with was sense of a shifted perspective, the brooches are meant to be worn any orientation. What I tried to do here was have each direction to show something different. With the tip pointed up, the teardrop is very apparent. Rotated with the tip to the right uses the look of the eagles wings. With the tip down, I tried to have it look like the architecture of the time, to show the land we fought for. Finally the tip pointed left was meant to resemble waves, to show both seas we fought in.
The First piece I like to call the Sea piece. Naval warfare literally leaves wreckage in its wake. The tip of this piece is designed off of the front of the USS Tennessee, a ship that fought in Pearl Harbor. The transparent enamels will be green and blue to show the ocean, textured copper as the base, and foil to show the wreckage left in the water.
The Second brooch is the piece for Air. The tip is based off of the US P-59 Airacomet, a plane designed during WWII. The Plique A Jour pattern is to show both bricks and windows. The reason for this is because most of the building destruction was caused by planes. The amount of windows I want to be similar to such planes like Bockscar and The Enola Gay.
The Last piece is the Land. The tip is loosely based off of the Panzer II and Panzer IV tanks, Germanys most produced tanks. The reason this one is riveted to wood is because of the destruction tanks caused to the woods and forests of any battleground.