Masako Hamaguchi

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Masako Hamaguchi | “This series evolved from the ongoing Plankton series of brooches. In all these works a metal component, whose design incorporates both the prongs and the brooch mechanism, holds a plastic shape which thus becomes wearable. There is an emphasis on the back side of these brooches, the conspiratorial space known only to the wearer, the brooch itself, and the maker. In some of the pieces a glimpse of gold through the holes in the plastic shapes hints at the hidden lives behind. Cellulose Acetate was invented in 1865. Cellulose is most commonly sourced from wood chips (remnants from wood processing – and paper industries) or cotton linters (recycled textiles and waste materials from textile industry), it is thus unlike petrochemicals based plastics, ecological. This series evolved from the ongoing Plankton series of brooches. In all these works a metal component, whose design incorporates both the prongs and the brooch mechanism, holds a plastic shape which thus becomes wearable. There is an emphasis on the back side of these brooches, the conspiratorial space known only to the wearer, the brooch itself, and the maker. In some of the pieces a glimpse of gold through the holes in the plastic shapes hints at the hidden lives behind. Cellulose Acetate was invented in 1865. Cellulose is most commonly sourced from wood chips (remnants from wood processing – and paper industries) or cotton linters (recycled textiles and waste materials from textile industry), it is thus unlike petrochemicals based plastics, ecological.(*)

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