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July 21, 2012 / kristindagostino

Victoria McIntosh

Victoria McIntosh

Catching up on comments from October wearer:

Well, being an occasional keen pastrycook I instantly recognized the genesis of the ‘boat’ form that encases the ‘eye’.  Must confess it put me off a bit initially. ‘Oh, it looks like an eye like that – do you have to wear it horizontally?’ asked one family member.  But I quiet like it like that.  Its weight mean it’s probably best worn on something substantial – a coat/jacket, rather than a blouse or sweater of any fine material.  It did make substantial holes in a fine cotton shirt.  But then, I was to suggest ‘pins’  at the back be more sturdy but this cannot be – unless kept in jackets etc.  Overall I think it elegant and enjoyed wearing it.  It certainly drew ample compliments.

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  1. Derrick Paull / Apr 23 2012 11:51 pm

    As my first BOM Brooch Victoria’s work felt completely fitting. It’s boat like shape sits well with my widely known love of fishing and boating. On it’s first outing I was surprised at the lack of marine connection, instead those who did comment were more convinced I had arrived with my third eye wide open. I wore it to a kitchen designers meeting, expecting a level of acceptance not only of brooches but of men wearing them. I was surprised and a little perturbed by their lack of knowledge of modern jewelry and more so by their inability to ‘get it’. The question ‘What is is’ was matched in frequency by ‘Why are you wearing it’. I felt like a little bit of an exhibition piece myself. That is not to say that i did not love every moment of it, there’s something a little bit edgy about a guy in a brooch!

    I’m not unaccustomed to wearing brooches, but my normal fare are darker, more ‘masculine’ pieces. Again they generally relate to nautical themes. I learned by wearing this piece and listening to others comments, that it has likely started it’s like as a kitchen implement – that was a connection i could make and I began feeling, more comfortable with it on.
    On reflection, a month is not long enough to really experience each piece, but I will struggle on!

  2. wearer / Jul 17 2012 7:54 am

    1/8/11
    Stunning brooch. Tried it on black lapel of jacket. My red scarf enhanced the red centerpiece. Love the way it can be worn facing any direction.
    1.8.11
    A beautiful combination of silver, pearls and colours. Looks particularly (good) with a touch of red clothing.
    1.8.11
    Just loved it everything about it – coulour, shape.
    1.8.11
    Loved it. A bit worried about effects of soy or spaghetti sauce, but a really elegant brooch.

    Hi Victoria
    A note from me (the wearer). This brooch has the WOW factor – and I received comments confirming that. It is elegant, stylish and very stunning – and I even got to like wearing pearls. ( I am not a pearl wearing kind of girl!!)
    It made me feel special and sophisticated. It is a truly beautiful brooch.

  3. wearer / Jul 18 2012 11:46 pm

    Hello
    I am your brooch foster mother while Penny is away on holiday!!
    What strikes me most about this brooch is the contrast it embodies. Constrst between the curvy, feminine forms and the masculine armour –like casing. Contrasts between the way the different materials are treated: the stuffed fabric, which seems common and everyday, is held by ‘claws’ which are more commonly associated with precious jewels – and the pearls, which would be traditionally be the ‘valuable’ part of the jewellery, are sewn on like beads. The materials seem to have switched roles. The use of textiles make the brooch recognizable as something to be worn, that is designed for and around the body: and there is a contrast between this and the starkly bold casing which keeps the brooch independent of the wearer’s body, an art object that stands alone.
    I would describe this brooch as masculine, bold and playful. When I first saw it I though it looked like the eye of a monster in a children’s illustration. It reminded me of the aesthetics of the children’s book ‘Where the wild things are’, which fits perfectly with the sense of playfulness, softness and adventure that make this brooch unique.
    Kellie

  4. kristindagostino / Jul 21 2012 11:34 pm

    Well, being an occasional keen pastrycook I instantly recognized the genesis of the ‘boat’ form that encases the ‘eye’. Must confess it put me off a bit initially. ‘Oh, it looks like an eye like that – do you have to wear it horizontally?’ asked one family member. But I quiet like it like that. Its weight mean it’s probably best worn on something substantial – a coat/jacket, rather than a blouse or sweater of any fine material. It did make substantial holes in a fine cotton shirt. But then, I was to suggest ‘pins’ at the back be more sturdy but this cannot be – unless kept in jackets etc. Overall I think it elegant and enjoyed wearing it. It certainly drew ample compliments.

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