This collection of badges and buttons is an extension of my current body of work, Corrupt Fairytales. By referencing gender roles that were reinforced in Post World War II America, these pieces are meant to invoke discussion about what it is to be “manly”. Much like the past, in today’s society, men are supposed to be handy. To make reference to this epitome of masculinity tin from a mid-century children’s toolbox was employed in the construction of these pieces. In our culture, jewelry is often considered to be highly feminine. While the subject of these badges and buttons is obviously masculine, the idea that the pieces are wearable art challenges the current climate of gender-biased jewelry.
Materials used in this collection:
Copper, vintage tin, sterling silver, stainless steel pin wire, enamel, tie fabric