This brooch is designed and made by Titti Sundblom. It is made of silver with a garnet cabochon surrounded by gold. It was while on holiday in Finland that I first met Titti at SALT an all-female artists’ co-operative located on the Islands of Åland, in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland.
At SALT there are five artisan craftswomen working together using the environment and the seasons to inspire their creativity. I spotted a pair of earrings Titti had designed and asked whether she could do a brooch to match. Several emails later and after mastering international BACS transfers this personal custom designed brooch arrived. There is something special about owning a brooch which has been made especially for one.
Titti says “anyone who wants to be anonymous and not stand out may have to choose something else. I’m social, and I make social jewellery that is noticeable and often becomes a topic of conversation.”
A hundred years ago this February the Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed giving votes to some women for the first time. March 2017 – Brooch of the Month celebrated International Women’s Day (8th March) with a ‘Suffragette’ brooch showing the three colours of the movement, purple white and green – https://www.thecasket.co.uk/brooches/votes-for-women/ it is thanks to the work of the ‘Suffragettes’ that votes for women came about.