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  This series is a collaboration with artist Jason Bige Burnett, and grew out of a mutual desire to showcase the rich cultural traditions of celebratory ornamentation. By awarding individual achievements with badges, ribbons, and medals, we are bookmarking those special moments in our lives and showcasing them as important by pinning them over our hearts. Jason’s experiences in military school fueled his desire to continue using the decorative elements of accolades and accomplishments by incorporating personal iconography in his pottery. Ordinary, and oftentimes secretive, moments of change are reflected in the patterns, silhouettes, and motifs of my own metalwork. Using our disparate visual languages, we found common ground through our materials, coalescing them into a series of brooches that punctuate the wearer with a feeling of pride.

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