‘Note’ in Italian means Night – and ‘Igbi’ in Yoruba translates as wave”.
On the shores of Viserba beach in northern Italy as a child I remember talking to a man that was selling fake Prada handbags. I wasn’t interested by the imitation designer goods, rather I was enamored by the stunning necklace he adorned. It was composed of several beads made of solid golden Bronze metal, with a dull but glowing patina. Years later looking through books with my dad on sculpture I found one dedicated to African art. In the book were metal artefacts and jewellery which brought back the memory of running my hands along the cool ridges of that necklace.
The Brooch spans the length of my palm and sits quite comfortably in it. I love objects that have a substantial weight. The back of a Brooch is just important as the front, in my opinion, hence the asymmetrical hooks I devised for the steel pins to sit in. The dark patina with silver highlights is meant to be evocative of the way moonlight shines off the sea at night.