Today I lost a brooch. And even though I can re-make it I’m still having a ‘missing you’ moment. I think I lost it on the aeroplane from Auckland – the flight was delayed by an hour because someone had packed a container of petrol(!) in their bag which leaked. (Which meant they had to unpack all the luggage and take out the contaminated bags). Funnily enough the brooch had fallen off once already that day in a taxi. – I should have seen the writing on the wall! Somehow I missed the clues and popped the brooch back into place on my garment. Duh!
The brooch I lost was a simple empty silver circle. A brooch that explored (or showed off) what it contained in its space inside the frame rather than what it was in itself. Quite a while ago I had a show called HOLE (Hidden, On Loan, Lost) which explored the ideas of loss and connection, of missing elements and withheld objects. It’s interesting how strongly we connect with objects we wear. I’m reading a book at the moment about the relationship we have with clothes and other things we wear, Women in Clothes – Why We Wear What We Wear. It is a great book filled with interesting ideas, images, explorations of personal collections, candid discussions and intriguing questions & responses.