Old Woman with Empty Bag Brooch
Mihaela Coman’s Old Woman with an Empty Bag Brooch is a unique, one-off design. The distinctive piece is cast in bronze and attaches to clothing with a steel pin. It is part of Mihaela’s series Childhood Memories.
Mihaela is an independent jeweller who lives in North Norfolk. She is one of our GroundJewels selected artists.
She creates enchanting jewellery and as a maker seeks to engage with the wearer, offering a portal to her world. Mihaela uses jewellery as a means to tell stories:
“Narrative jewellery is most helpful, because it can be figurative and allows me to play with objects and people in the most direct way”.
Telling Stories with Jewellery
Each collection portrays a different narrative, and each item of jewellery is a unique, one-off piece. Project titles include “Childhood Memories” of Communist Romania “The Burden of the Past” and “Such a Waste”. We can relate to her compelling narratives through prosaic objects such as apple cores, bags and line drying clothes earrings. Mihaela’s talent is to commemorate these everyday objects in precious metal.
Examining her bronze brooch – Old Woman With an Empty Bag, Mihaela explains:
“I lived during Communism in Romania with empty shelves and no food. Old people were walking around on streets with empty bags all day long with the hope that at one point somewhere some lorry will bring food. This old lady is one of them. She is worried and dressed with heavy clothes because we had heavy winters.”
Mihaela grew up in Romania and lived there until recently. Then, when her daughter left for the UK, Mihaela decided to follow. She left her job in Bucharest and began a masters course in Jewellery at the University for Creative Arts. In 2019 she graduated and next year she will begin her PhD at Edinburgh College of Art .
Overall, Mihaela has created the perfect medium for her artistic expression:
“Empowered by the freedom of expression that jewellery can offer, I hope that my work is an authentic, sincere and honest expression of my ideas and emotions.”