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A brooch always works when worn, left or right, over the bust

but it can also be a surprising embellishment closer to the neck on a buttoned up collar instead of a necklace. Depending on the piece, wearing a bright metal brooch like this one by Helen Britton can lighten up the area closest to the face and draws the attention upwards. To your brain.

As a meditation on our contemporary industrial surroundings, Australian artist Helen Britton delicately constructs & layers rose gold plated silver to create her own Industrial Garden.

A nod to the hardness of industry but made in a traditionally feminine material and color the piece is delicate and tough simultaneously. Wearable forms are created in much the same way as buildings are: base materials are used to build up and create structure which is then embellished with functional and non-functional design. Attention to construction for the design to work is imperative. Fashion designers have used architecture as inspiration for years, creating three-dimensional architectural proportions with swooping angles and attention to construction and shape: pleating, folding, and layering in order to build up the final effect. With the same attention to scale and detail, Britton’s work exudes a sophisticated elegance with her modern take on urbanization.

Helen Britton, Industrial Garden brooch. One of a kind, rose-gold plated silver, $3400.