This brooch is a tribute to the fox. A fierce trickster, a reminder of uncompromising wildness in the city, moving on silent paws between two worlds. Stroke the rusty silk's soft, fur-like raw edge and say it's not alive.
The silk was dyed with plants to a lustrous rusty colour with streaks of dark brown in the bottom part. It's pleated and smocked in off-white and dark brown with added dark amber glass beads.
The design is my take on the penannular brooch. To fasten: push the pin through fabric and moving it side-to-side guide it up between the ends of the oval until it rests on top of it. The ends have raised edges which makes it quite secure. I made the pin slightly rounded so it's more suitable for knits and looser-weave fabric (I've pinned it to a T-shirt with success too).
All metal is antiqued sterling silver.
Size: the fabric part is 6 cm (2 1/4 inches) wide and the whole brooch to the tip of the pin is 5.5 cm (2 inches) long.
As with all textiles, storing the brooch out of direct sunlight is recommended to keep it at its best.