Voodoo Heart Brooch
Copper, sterling silver, brass, paper, and steel
4 x 2 x 0.75 inches
Photographed by artist
The Voodoo Heart Brooch was designed for the Halstead Design Challenge for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. The theme of the challenge was “Memento,” with the requirement to use an image in the finished piece that represents an important and significant memory in one's life. In the Voodoo Heart Brooch, I used a photo from a significant trip in my life to theme the entire piece.
In 2013, I went on a trip with my wife's family to New Orleans. As an Anthropologist, New Orleans quickly became one of the most important cities that I have ever visited. The blending of culture that exists in New Orleans is unlike anything that I've ever experienced. Walking around the French Quarter, I experience South American, Asian, African, European, and American cultures. All of the people from these different backgrounds were all working together, having fun, and enjoying the differences that made them all unique. This was an inspiring experience for me. While in New Orleans, I studied and learned a great deal about the Voodoo practices that the city has become so well-known for. I ultimately decided to buy some fabric to possibly use at a later date. It is a photo of this Voodoo fabric that I used to etch the surface of the brass sheet from the kit to create the Voodoo-themed brooch. I used the shredded paper that the kit was packed in to accentuate the “Voodoo Doll” appearance.