Saturday, July 12, 2008

You Boats

This is a new brooch to go up to Umbrella Collective show at Kick Arts. Made from Orepuki pebbles, cuttlefish cast silver, 18 and 24 K gold. The little word flipper says LOOK and FIND. The U in 24 K gold refers to U boats or my pun, You Boats: the way we carry our baggage in bathtub like vessels on perilous journeys to nowhere very much but the stuff we hold precious is beautiful and interesting and often gets us sunk along the way.

So it is a "Look and Find U Boat". I was thinking of the German U boats (underwater submarine type things) suicidally sunk in Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands North of mainland Scotland at the end of WWI. Sunk by the Germans rather than letting the Brits get them, they are now the worlds largest reserve of non-radio active steel as they were submerged before the nuclear age and the steel is protected by being underwater. Now they are harvested for space exploration. How do I know this? Well I once took a tour of the Orkney Islands with Mad Uncle Mike who filmed the entire thing in real time.

8 comments:

Kay said...

That's fascinating and I am in love with that brooch - and the story that goes with it. A beautiful brooch post Rebecca !! :)

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

Thanks Kay! I'm wearing it today before having to send it up the coast.

kindling said...

I am really impressed - this brooch is beautiful...congrats!
Nina

Uschi said...

what a story!! So this is a look-and-find-amulett?
I LOVE these Orepuki-pebbles...you know what: I would visit Australia only for them :)))), hehee.
Ähm, what I wanted to say is, that I like it, how you built this brooch with lots of ocean-related-material!!
But: how heavy is it??

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

thanks nina and uschi! The pebbles are actually from across the ditch in New Zealand. It is not too heavy as is quite small only about 3.5cm across so will not drag you or your clothing down into the deeps! I was thinking tho as I posted off this body of work that it was quite a heavy parcel of 20 or so pieces- lots of silver which is heavier (because denser) than the pebbles. At least I was able to use most of my scrap in making the cuttlefish castings.

fliss said...

This brooch is stunning, your work is incredibly beautiful :)

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

thanks fliss- i love your beautiful toys too!

sooz said...

Oh. My. Stunning.

Totally stunning.