A brooch designed by Susan Cross, reader in Jewellery & Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), has been selected for permanent display at the V&A Dundee.

Eclipse’, which Susan Cross produced as part of a series of jewellery outcomes in 2004, is made from a combination of oxidised silver and 18ct gold. For this body of investigative research, Susan explored "How precious metals (18ct gold & silver) can be combined together using innovative methods of construction to create a series of brooches that explored semi- transparency, layering and density."

The acquired brooch was initially made for an exhibition titled Or’ gold, Gallery Flow, London (2004). Since then, it has been shown at the Modern Masters (2015) and Retrospective (2013) exhibitions at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, at the Creation II (2009) exhibition at Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s, London, as part of the Jerwood Applied Arts Award for Jewellery in 2007 and at the Pensieri Preziosi ("Precious Thoughts") (2005) exhibition at San Rocco Oratory in Padova, Italy.

“My focus for this piece of work was to translate sensitivities of line, texture and pattern captured through observational drawings of historical costume," said Susan, "in particular embroidery details. The fine silver wire is oxidised black, likening it to the graphite line."

The V&A Museum of Design, Dundee is set to open in 2018 when it will become the first dedicated design museum in Scotland. Among the museum's many ambitions is to showcase some of Scotland’s little known design successes, from historic relics to present day treasures.

Susan continues her practice in jewellery and silversmithing while simultaneously giving masterclasses and lectures both here in the UK and further afield, holding international accolades to her name. Her work can be found, exhibited and for sale, across the country.


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