Inspiration for my Cheese Plant Leaf Brooch
When I modelled my first creature in wax, my original intention had been to start my jewellery collection with frogs and lilypads. Apart from ducks, they are my all time favourite creatures. But I was wooed by the most fabulous picture of a Red-Eyed Tree Frog. But what was I to do with the frogs and lilypads idea. I’m not sure whether a tree frog would ever come across a lilypad in it’s lifetime. So I had to look for a different idea. It had to be a tropical leaf – and what better leaf to pick than that of the Monstera Deliciosa or Cheese Plant. When I was a child, we had an enormous one which grew the entire width of a rather large dining room. It came to a rather sad end (related to my pet cat Jerry) – but my love of these architectural leaves began there. And hence this Cheese Plant Leaf Brooch is based one of my favourite models.
And although it was actually the second thing that I ever modelled in wax, it has the prestige of being mould Number One. Cast alongside Quasimodo, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog Pendant, it is a surprisingly adaptable, easy-to-wear and striking brooch.