There's a cute jewelry show this summer at Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco that explores the artistry of badges. What do you think of when you see the word 'badge'? Are they a symbol of authority or something else? I selected some 'no authority' badges to make this a fun post.
Vest and Man's Man Badges are by Marissa Saneholtz (below). She's inspired by comic book characters.
The adorable dog badges by Jane Wells Harrison (below) are my favorite pieces from the show.
I like that Harrison's newspaper print is such a natural element of the design. Harrison explains: "Materials that invite me include paper ephemera, paint, vintage tin, liquid enamels, wax, and encaustic. I am attracted to the small format and the meditative process of making." These pieces are like miniature collages.
Megan McGaffigan's Medal of Tamerlan Badge is a standout because it's pretty, with its pearls and handsome horse drawing. It's one of the more feminine badges on display, making it a nice change from the more officious looking badges in the show.
How do you like the funny faces in the "Life Vest" by Michael Brennand-Wood of the UK (below)? He describes himself as an artist with a keen interest in textiles, lace, embroidery and patterning. Since the early 1990s Brennand-Wood has held numerous exhibitions and worked as a lecturer, curator and arts consultant.
The curators at VdV did a great job gathering an eclectic mix of materials and styles here. Don't miss this fun show at Velvet da Vinci running through August 26, 2012.