Monday, 16 June 2014

Design Porn: Clare Willard



I've been hankering after Clare Willard's brooches for a goodly long while now. The pieces for each brooch are laser-cut and then assembled by hand, using a combination of plywood and colourful laminate to create the geometric inlay. I imagine the process is a bit like doing a really cool, really tiny jigsaw, but with a little bit more glue and slightly less cat "helping". The finished product is much more wearable than my 5,000-piece Queen Mother jigsaw, though. Granted, it's 150cm long, so it looks kind of weird pinned to my cardi. 


My favourite design is this Cubish brooch in red and grey. It's hard to get a sense of its size without seeing it pinned on someone, but it's about 8.5cm x 6cm.


Claire's as good with colour as she is with shapes - this Circus brooch reminds me not only of the circus, but of the seaside. And now I want an ice cream, too. THANKS A LOT, CLARE. 


At first I thought this was a bangle, but no - it's also a brooch. This photo shows off the layers of plywood and laminate that make up each piece. 


Each brooch is light enough to pin to even delicate clothes, so you don't need to hang about for coat-wearing weather to come back around. The bright blues of this Nonagon brooch were made for sunny days. 


There are some pieces that aren't quite so... shapey? Yes. Shapey. The Scratchy brooch, for example. I like it a lot, and I'm renaming it, "If Cy Twombly Made Brooches". Which I happen to think he should have. 


Fields is gorgeous, like a tiny slice of countryside. Check out Clare's larger-scale landscapes, too - amazing.


Finally, this is Totterdown - which I had to Google, but now that I've seen a photo of Bristol's suburb, packed with painted houses, everything has become clear. It's also quite similar to the colour scheme in my bathroom, but I guess Laura's Loo isn't such a catchy title.

Clare's brooches are £35 each, except Scratchy, Fields and Totterdown, which are £32. Which would you choose?

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