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.”
The piece can be displayed as an object using the pin back as a kickstand or it can be worn as a brooch.
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