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“Fierce on the Inside” Locket

February 14, 2010

Fierce on the Inside Locket

Lockets fascinate because they conceal a secret. When someone wears a locket, we immediately want to know what is contained inside. Whether it’s a photo of a loved one — or even poison — the items contained within a locket are deeply personal for the wearer.

When designing my locket, I wanted to capture the sense of mystery that is missing in modern lockets. The character I imagined to wear this is a Victorian woman, who is very spirited, but required to play the role of the “angel in the house” in her daily life. To capture this idea, I constructed a locket that appears traditional and conservative on the outside, but when opened, something wild is revealed.

Adding to the feminist ideas behind this locket, I repurposed men’s accessories by taking apart vintage cuff links to use as cabochons.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2010 7:21 pm

    You are such a good writer, Casey. Love the title. Great job!

    • Casey permalink*
      February 16, 2010 11:03 am

      Thanks, I’ve got to write something 🙂

  2. mfm999 permalink
    February 15, 2010 9:46 am

    I love the intellectual ideas that are attached to this piece. And, the name alone is just fantastic!

    • Casey permalink*
      February 16, 2010 11:02 am

      Thanks, Mike! I think traditionally domestic materials, like beads, are a perfect medium for feminist ideas.

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