When I saw this enamelled brooch by Debra Townend I got very excited so had to ask her more about it. This is what she said:
“The Breathe Brooch featured part of my Graffiti collection in my degree show. My inspiration came from the mark making and graffiti found around the Brick Lane and Spitalfields area, London. The overall shape on each of my brooches were taken from the various stuck down and ripped off stickers which cover almost any surface in this area of London. I find that enamel is a fantastic medium for translating the images and colours onto metal.
The Graffiti collection represents the many traces found in and around the city, reminders of people who have sought to leave their mark by way of painted images or defaced posters. This is represented through mark making using various enamelling techniques.”
I certainly find the background to Debra’s designs very interesting and the results amazing. You may know I am a big fan of good graffiti as I have featured in my previous blog post ‘Design Inspiration – Graffiti‘ so it’s no wonder I love Debra’s work. Debra Townend is a member of the British Society of Enamellers and won their student bursary in 2010. Well deserved.
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