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Autumn is a series of brooches whose exposed process of construction reveal a lack of surface treatment. Rather than being finished with a refined surface, the metal of the twigs and leaves are left in a raw state. Oxides, flux and yellow ochre residuals from the fabrication process create their patina.
The Autumn Brooches reference the memory of trees. As the old Houston neighborhood that I reside in is becoming gentrified, the property lots are scraped away along with trees on them. Each twig brooch represents one of those lost trees.
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