KIRSTEN MOORE ESTAUGH : FEATHER QUILL
Dimensions: 1.4 x 7 x 0.3 cm
Materials: White metal
Kirstin describes herself as a jewellery artist. Her work is concept-driven, leading her to create wearable sculptures that represent her narrative. Her current body of work explores the emotions attached to the physical scarring of the body. Expressing the emotions in a physical, wearable form allows the viewer to empathise with the artist or acknowledge their own emotions within the work, whilst being able to literally feel the weight of the emotion as a tangible, physical object.
Kirstin was inspired by ‘Red Sword’, a brooch by textile artist Karina Thompson. Kirstin responded to separate elements from the piece, such as its wearability, form and durability. Her resulting ear piece drew its aesthetic from representing the visual marks of the feather element of Thompson’s brooch using brushed and forged silver wire, combined with a response to the brooch’s method of adornment, allowing her piece to use its wearability and function to determine its overall aesthetic and form.