Oceans of Suds
2.25" x 2.5"
Sterling silver, enamel; torch fired, etched, hand fabricated.
I designed this piece as a commentary on the disparity between the way 1950s American women were portrayed and the reality of how many of them felt. The brooch features an enameled illustration from a 1950s Tide advertisement depicting a blissful housewife enamored with a box of laundry soap. I filled the soapbox with hidden silver tablets meant to represent Valium, a sedative that was freely prescribed in the 1950s and was often referred to as “Mother’s Little Helper.” The background texture is meant to resemble the foil on a blister pack of medication, and the back of the piece is crowned with a tiny ”Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” It can be displayed as an object using the pin back as a kickstand or it can be worn as a brooch.
This piece was selected for the Society of North American Goldsmith's national juried exhibition As Good as Gold. Learn more here.