Seahorse in Sussex Kelp Forest pendant/brooch

  • Exhibition: Underwater flora and fauna - 2024
  • Description of your entry: The enamel comprises fine gold and fine silver cloisonné on basse taille fine silver, set in a bezel with jelly fish on the back. There is a loop for a chain and a double pin brooch fastening. It depicts a short nosed seahorse in a kelp forest such as those found on the Sussex coast near to where I live. Kelp forests provide a vital habitat for a host of sealife, from tiny worms to young fish and help protect coastal areas from storm surges. Threats to them include climate change, pollution and over fishing. I was moved to create this after seeing a David Attenborough film, “Save Magical Kelp Forests” for BBC South. I saw a campaign by Sussex Wildlife Trust highlighting this issue and wanted to help by raising awareness. Jewellery has been used throughout history to convey messages and this piece follows this tradition to help initiate conversations about the cause. Knowledge is power and we can use it to work together for a better future.
  • Dimensions (cm): 5.8 x 2.8
  • Techniques: Basse taille, Cloisonné, Engraving, Painting
  • Main base material: Fine silver
  • Type of item: Brooch
  • Name of maker: Linda Connelly
  • Link to further information: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/helpourkelp: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-sussex-49853729