I first met Clara Breen at Dazzle, a Jewellery show held annually at the National Theatre London. I couldn’t have been happier, two of my favourite pastimes rolled into one evening. I can’t remember which play we went to see but I liked the brooch so much I went back and bought the matching earrings.
Clara works with fragments, insignificant pieces of paper like train tickets or maps. Tiny reminders of an experience or an emotion. My five layers brooch is a metal translation of this process. When I buy a brooch to add to my collection I’m looking for something different. Clara’s brooch is unlike any other I own. And maybe one day when I have my own book published I will ask her to make me a brooch from one of the pages.