In these brooches I was inspired by slices of fruit, the way they are structured. Also the way branches attach to a tree, and the way conifer cones are formed and work as an reproductive space/organ. A sentence I found in an article (about the conifer cones) stuck in my mind; "Fruit as an ovary, conifer as a rigid vessel". It made me think about the differences between the different ways these specific plant materials reproduce.
I was thinking about conifer cones as armor-like texture while working on some surfaces to remind me of the shape of the seedpods, the single flaps over cone shape. From the beginning, I had this idea of fruits, as soft seed-bearing pods versus conifer cones as hard, rigid woody female cones that store the seed, letting it go only after the structure has opened itself up